Global Mobile - Regional Leaders - Countries and Operators

Publication Overview

This unique BuddeComm annual publication provides insightful analysis and statistics on the telecoms maturity and country leaders of a given region, across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Specifically, BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) measures and ranks the maturity of a country’s telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100. All countries are placed into one of three categories: ‘Market Leaders’, ‘Market Challengers’ and ‘Market Emergents’, according to their Market Index score.

Additionally, this unique BuddeComm annual publication identifies the leading domestic and international mobile operators from each region and provides current and historical subscriber data. A global overview of the mobile market sector is also provided, supported by key trends and industry statistics.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Phil Harpur, Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2019 (4th Edition)

Executive Summary

Telecoms Maturity Index identifies leading countries and operators

It is interesting to compare countries around the world in terms of their overall telecoms maturity, especially as we are fast approaching the introduction of 5G. The transition to 5G will need to be underpinned by superior telecoms infrastructure based on 4G LTE and fibre-based broadband.

The operators are also of paramount importance in the current telecoms evolution. Many countries around the world have progressive domestic and international players which are heavily investing in infrastructure and services in order to be ready for the next wave.

In order to benchmark a countries telecoms maturity level with each region, BuddeComm has developed a unique Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) which analyses the Broadband, Mobile and Fixed Line markets of specific countries at a regional level.

In Africa, for example, some of the countries within the top-tier rank, according to the TMI, includes Mauritius, as well as a diverse range spread widely in terms of geography, such as Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, which all benefit from good telecom infrastructure and high mobile and mobile broadband penetration rates. South Africa and Gabon are also notable in this region, with Gabon in particular benefitting from relatively high mobile broadband penetration.

Asia is arguably the world’s most diverse region with regards to its telecoms industry. A number of countries with large populations have attracted considerable investment from both vendors and operators. Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia feature highly in the Asia Telecoms Maturity Index.

The top-tier ranked countries within Europe are dominated by the Scandinavian nations. All have sophisticated telecom markets with competitive mobile and internet sectors. Not only is each market characterised by the early adoption of new technologies, but their respective governments and telecom regulators have also successfully aligned policies to ensure that national broadband coverage is achieved using the optimum technologies available.

Some of the countries in Latin America within the TMI top-tier include Uruguay and Costa Rica, both have among the smallest populations on the continent, and sit alongside others including Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, the last three of which have the largest markets in the region (supported by sizeable populations). These countries in particular benefit from having stronger fixed-line broadband infrastructure and penetration.

The Middle East is led by Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. All three have been identified as having the highest fixed and mobile penetration in the region, along with higher GDP per Capita. Both Qatar and the UAE are members of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) and benefit economically from natural crude oil and gas reserves. Israel’s economy is advanced by global standards.

Key developments:

  • BuddeComm's over 40 years of experience allows us to have a unique vision of the evolution of the global telecoms industry.
  • Global mobile subscriber growth continues in 2019 and while this is mainly due to growth in some of the emerging markets, it is interesting to see that some of the developed markets are also showing signs of steady growth.
  • The mobile network operators (MNOs), in both the developed and emerging markets, will continue to face daunting data demands from customers, many of whom make use of data-intensive graphics, videos and files shared across the networks.
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to rise in the years ahead. Around half of this growth will just come from five key countries including China and India.

Kylie Wansink

August 2019

Table of Contents

  • Global Telecoms Market – 2019

    • Global mobile subscriptions
      • Smart phone shipments in decline
  • Global mobile broadband statistics

    • Mobile broadband subscriptions
    • Regional mobile broadband penetration
  • Mobile economy

    • Mobile money taking off
      • Case study: Mobile money in Nigeria
    • Mobile data traffic
    • Fibre is critical
      • Fibre broadband will be needed for 5G
  • Global mobile technologies

    • Global mobile technology market share
  • Leading global operators

    • Operators from the USA lead in revenue
    • Operator revenues grow in key regions
  • Leading Countries - Telecoms Maturity Index

  • Africa - Regional Market Comparison

    • Africa - leading mobile operators
    • Africa TMI Overview
    • Africa Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • Africa Telecom Maturity Index by region
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • TMI versus GDP
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Asia – Regional Market Comparison

    • Asia - leading mobile operators
    • Asian Telecoms Maturity Index
      • Overview
      • Market analysis
      • Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
      • Key market characteristics by market segment
      • Asian TMI by Tier
      • Asian TMI by Region
      • Largest ten countries by GDP and population
      • Global Comparisons
  • Europe - Regional Market Comparison

    • Europe – Leading pan-European Mobile Operators
    • Europe – TMI overview
    • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Latin America – Regional Market Comparison

    • Latin America – Leading Mobile Operators
    • Latin Amercia – TMI overview
    • Latin America Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Top-tier – Market Leaders
      • Middle-tier – Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier – Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
      • South America
      • Central America
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Middle East – Regional Market Comparison

    • Middle East – Leading Mobile Operators
      • Major domestic mobile operators
      • Major international mobile operators
    • Middle East – TMI Overview
    • Middle East Telecom Maturity Index (TMI)
    • TMI versus GDP
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
    • GCC countries fixed and mobile broadband penetration
    • Market characteristics

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global telecom statistics at a glance – 2019
  • Table 2 – Global – unique mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Regional - mobile subscriptions – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Global – smart phone shipments – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Global – active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Global mobile broadband penetration – developed versus developing markets - 2014 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Regional – mobile broadband penetration – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 8 - Regional – active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Nigeria - m-money transactions and value – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Nigeria - M-money inter-scheme transactions and value – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Global – market share of mobile technologies – 2018
  • Table 12 – Global - Top 10 public telecoms operators by revenue – 2018
  • Table 13 – AT&T wireless subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Total operator revenues by key regions – 2017; 2025
  • Table 15 – Africa – leading MNOs – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Africa - MTN mobile subscribers by country – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Africa - Orange Group mobile subscribers by country – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Africa - Etisalat mobile subscribers by country – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Africa - Zain mobile subscribers by country – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Africa - Vodacom mobile subscribers by country – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Africa - Airtel mobile subscribers by country – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 22 - Asia - major domestic operator subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 23 - Asia - international mobile operator subscribers – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 24 – TMI vs GDP per capita by population – top 20 largest countries by population
  • Table 25 – Europe - Deutsche Telekom - mobile subscribers by country – 2018
  • Table 26 – Europe - Orange Group - mobile subscribers by country – 2018
  • Table 27 – Europe - Orange Group - mobile subscribers by country – 2018
  • Table 28 – Europe - Telefonica Group - mobile subscribers by country – 2018
  • Table 29 – Europe - Telia Company - mobile subscribers by country – 2018
  • Table 30 – Latin America - major mobile operators – subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Latin America - América Móvil subscribers – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Latin America - Telefónica LA subscribers – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Latin America - Millicom International subscribers – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Middle East – Major domestic operators by subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Middle East – international mobile operators by subscribers – 2012 - 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Africa Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 2 – Africa Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 3 – Africa Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 4 – North Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 5 – West Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 6 – Southern Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 7 – Central Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 8 – East Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 9 – Africa Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2018
  • Chart 10 – North Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 11 – West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 12 – Southern Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 13 – Central Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 14 – East Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 15 – North Africa mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 16 – West Africa mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 17 – Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 18 – Central Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 19 – East Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 20 – North Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 21 – West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 22 – Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 23 – Central Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 24 – East Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 25 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 26 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 27 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 28 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 29 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents Category
  • Chart 30 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Northern Asia
  • Chart 31 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Northern Asia (selected countries)
  • Chart 32 – Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 33 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration – South East Asia
  • Chart 34 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
  • Chart 35 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Central Asia (selected countries)
  • Chart 36 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration – Top Ten Countries in Asia by Population
  • Chart 37 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration – Top Ten Countries in Asia by GDP – Forecast 2023
  • Chart 38 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Top 10 Countries Globally
  • Chart 39 – TMI vs GDP per Capita – Top 20 countries
  • Chart 40 – TMI VS GDP per Capita by Region
  • Chart 41 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders (top tier)
  • Chart 42 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers (middle tier)
  • Chart 43 – Europe Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Emergents (bottom tier)
  • Chart 44 – Europe overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 45 – Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 46 – Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 47 – Northern Europe –mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 48 – Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 49 – Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 50 – Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 51 – Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 52 – Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 53 – Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 54 – Latin America –Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 55 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 56 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 57 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 58 – South America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 59 – Central America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 60 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 61 – Latin America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 62 – South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 63 – Central America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 64 – Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 65 – Middle East – Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI)
  • Chart 66 - Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2018
  • Chart 67 – Middle East – mobile subscriber versus mobile broadband penetration - 2018
  • Chart 68 – Middle East – Fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 69 – Middle East - GCC countries – fixed vs mobile broadband penetration

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 – Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 – South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 5 – Central Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 6 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 7 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 8 – South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 9 – Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 10 – Middle East – Country by country - TMI rank and industry description
  • Exhibit 11 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

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Last updated 21 Aug 2019
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Phil Harpur
Henry Lancaster

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