Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Chad 2016
Despite over 78% of Chadians living in rural areas, the country’s two leading operators, Tigo and Airtel, have each brought 2G coverage to 85% of the population. Mobile penetration has grown from 140,000 unique subscribers in 2006 to over 4 million in 2016. However, over 8 million Chadians remain unconnected and mobile penetration lags behind many other African countries. Mobile broadband networks are still in their infancy and internet usage is the lowest among countries with comparable GDP per capita.
The government has presented long-term economic objectives in its ‘Vision 2030’ strategy, which identifies the need to promote diversified, competitive economic growth and to strengthen infrastructure. To achieve these ambitious goals, the GSMA’s report, ‘Digital inclusion and mobile sector taxation in Chad’, examines the role of tax policy in stimulating mobile uptake, digital inclusion, infrastructure investment, employment and broader economic growth.