Democratic Republic of the Congo - Country Commercial Guide
Telecommunications

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-10-11

Overview

The telecommunications industry has not yet reached all potential consumers and has room to grow.  Mobile telephony has a 44 percent penetration rate; Internet penetration is approximately 3 percent of the total population.  The DRC has not yet reached 5G and is still developing its 3G/4G network.  The low penetration rate leaves plenty of potential for development of higher-speed networks and linking the DRC to submarine cables linked to Europe.  Hampered by poor physical infrastructure, particularly last mile infrastructure, mobile telephony has grown to fill the role traditionally filled by land line telecommunications firms.  Less than one  percent of Internet connections in the country are land line connections, making the country’s mobile telephone operators de facto Internet service providers for private and commercial uses.  Cybersecurity is a key field barely explored in the DRC.

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Internet distribution
  • Mobile applications
  • Telecom equipment supply
  • Telecom software and new technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data centers & data management

Opportunities

The DRC presents opportunities for U.S. ICT firms to develop and market applications for mobile telephone users, to partner with local telecommunications ventures to expand their networks, and to offer cybersecurity services to businesses operating in the DRC.  Due to poor institutional knowledge, the GDRC has relied heavily on international ICT firms to implement records digitalization and management projects.  In 2015, Water Distribution Company (REGIDESO), the parastatal water distribution completed a data center designed to improve billing and payment for water services, relying heavily on American firms to execute the undertaking.

Resources

  • Regulatory Authority of the Post and Telecommunications:  https://arptc.gouv.cd/
  • ANAPI: DRC NTICS Overview