ICT Sector Contributes 10 Percent of GDP in Tunisia
Figures recently released by the Ministry of communication technologies show that the ICT sector in Tunisia has posted a growth of 17,8% in 2008. Its contribution to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to 10% in 2008 against only 3, 9% in 2001.It is expected to reach 13% by 2011.
The number of subscribers to both fixed and mobile lines has reached 9,84 million and the ratio of fixed and mobile telephone lines for 100 inhabitants is 94,6 lines.
The figures also show that the number of PC's as of January 2009 has grown to some 1,015 580 units against 767,500 units end of 2007. The number of Internet users has also increased to 2, 83 million in March 2009, posting a growth of 62% in comparison with 2008. The country's international internet bandwidth has increased from 5 Gb/s end of Mars 2008 to 11,25 Gb/s in March 2009. Internet domain names increased by 10,5% in March 2009 in comparison with 2008, amounting to 11,751.
On another level, the amount of electronic money transactions reached 421 million dinars in March 2009 against 240 million during the same period last year.
There are now 73 ICT companies operating at the El Ghazala technological park, an increase of more than 37% in comparison with 2008.
The sector of call centres has also witnessed a major growth with 210 operating call centres in 2009, an increase of 31, 5 % in comparison with 2008.
The El Ghazala technological park, which specializes in ICT research and development, hosts a number of multinational companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Microsoft, Actielec, Krombert and Schubert, IGE-XAE, and Stonesoft.