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  • Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Maldives telecom sector feels the sharp impact of tourists staying away during Covid-19With its economy so heavily dependent on tourism, the Maldives has suffered heavy economic as well as health casualties during the pandemic.
     
  • South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South African government planning to provide national broadband coverage by end-2023South Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the most advanced infrastructures on the continent. There has been considerable investment from Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies, Broadband InfraCo, and municipal providers as well as from mobile network operators all aimed at improving network capabilities.
     
  • Somalia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Somalia’s telcos pass deadline for securing licensesSomalia’s economic difficulties in recent years have made it difficult for telcos and the government to sustain investment in infrastructure. The government has also had to contend with militant groups which continue on occasion to force the closure of internet services in many areas of the country.
     
  • Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Algeria connects to more international internet cablesAlgeria has a steadily developing telecom infrastructure with growth encouraged by sympathetic regulatory measures and by government policies aimed at delivering serviceable internet connections across the country.
     
  • Kenya - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Kenya’s mobile operators progress with 5G trialsKenya’s telecom market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of increased competition, improved international connectivity, and rapid developments in the mobile market.
     
  • Ghana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ghana’s government encouraging platforms for digital inclusionGhana’s telecom market has undergone several changes in recent years, following the privatisation of the incumbent telco Ghana Telecom and its rebranding as Vodafone Ghana.
     
  • Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telecom regulator opens up market to other operatorsUntil late 2020, Lesotho’s telecom regulator maintained a market duopoly between the privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL), which is focussed on fixed-line services, and Vodacom Lesotho, which dominates the mobile sector.
     
  • Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market
    Fixed broadband deployment responds to pandemic demandsMost countries in the Middle East region continue to work towards expanding the reach of fixed broadband infrastructure, complementing the wider reach already achieved by mobile networks.
     
  • Sri Lanka - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Sri Lanka’s telecoms market experiences a reversal of fortunes due to Covid-19Sri Lanka’s fixed-line telephony market was one of the very few in the world to experience a significant upsurge in subscriptions in 2020.
     
  • Zambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Zambia licences a fourth mobile market operatorFollowing elections held in August 2021, the new government immediately established a Ministry of Technology and Science to promote the use of ICT in developing economic growth and social inclusion.
     

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  • El Salvador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telefónica Moviles finally sells El Salvador unitAlthough El Salvador is the smallest country in central America geographically, it has the fourth largest economy in the region. Economic potential is limited by the relatively small population, while the country’s telecom sector has been restricted by poor infrastructure and unequal income distribution.
     
  • Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Oman’s MNOs in tower infrastructure salesFor many years Oman’s mobile market was a duopoly between the incumbent telco Omantel and its challenger Ooredoo Oman. In February 2021, Vodafone Group and Oman Future Telecommunications consortium secured a license to operate the Sultanate’s third network, with services being under the Vodafone Oman brand.
     
  • South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South African government planning to provide national broadband coverage by end-2023South Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the most advanced infrastructures on the continent. There has been considerable investment from Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies, Broadband InfraCo, and municipal providers as well as from mobile network operators all aimed at improving network capabilities.
     
  • Tanzania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Tigo exits the Tanzanian telecom marketTanzania’s telecom sector enjoys effective competition, particularly in the mobile segment. There remains considerable movement within it, with Smart having stopped services in late 2019 and Tigo Tanzania having completed its merger with Zantel.
     
  • Somalia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Somalia’s telcos pass deadline for securing licensesSomalia’s economic difficulties in recent years have made it difficult for telcos and the government to sustain investment in infrastructure. The government has also had to contend with militant groups which continue on occasion to force the closure of internet services in many areas of the country.
     
  • Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Senegal delays on starting 5G trialsSenegal’s telecom market has witnessed consistent growth in recent years, with the number of mobile subscribers having increased 5.7% in the year to March 2020. Orange Group’s local subsidiary Orange Senegal (Sonatel) is the dominant player in both the fixed-line and mobile sectors.
     
  • Sudan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Sudan government encouraging digital paymentsSudan makes up the northern part of a country which in 2011 was separated to form the new state of South Sudan. Three quarters of the former population live in the north, where mobile market penetration is far higher.
     
  • Saudi Arabia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Saudi focus on Vision 2030 program reaping rewardsSaudi Arabia’s telecom and ICT sectors continue to benefit from the range of programs aimed at diversifying the economy away from a dependence on oil, and establishing a wider digital transformation over the next decade.
     
  • 2019 Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Portugal closing in on national fibre coverage Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base focussed on the delivery of fibre-based services.
     
  • Portugal - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
    Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base focussed on the delivery of fibre-based services. During the last few years the country has seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures.
     

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  • Suriname - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Digicel restructures debtSuriname is the smallest nation on the South American continent, with about 580,000 inhabitants. The only Dutch-speaking nation in South America, it has close affinities with the Caribbean, and is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).
     
  • Nicaragua - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    New cybercrime law requires operators to preserve data generated from telecom servicesNicaragua is the largest and least densely populated country in Central America. The country’s steady GDP growth since 2010 belies the low economic base, given that it has the lowest GDP per capita in the region, with some 60% of the population living below the poverty line.
     
  • Venezuela - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Venezuela’s economic crisis stifling the telecoms sectorVenezuela’s fixed-line teledensity was relatively high for the region before the steady growth in the number of lines came to an end in 2015. Since then, the number of lines has plummeted, and by late 2021 teledensity had fallen to about 17.
     
  • Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    EC opens infringement procedures against Portugal and other member statesPortugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base. Before the pandemic, the country had seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures.
     
  • South Pacific Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South Pacific Islands benefiting from improved international telecoms infrastructureThe demand for data-based services in the Pacific region is growing, aligning with similar trends around the world. In particular, the demand for mobile broadband is increasing due to mobile services being the primary and most wide-spread source for internet access across the region.
     
  • Fiji - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    TFL announces plan to expand fibre infrastructure to more parts of the countryFiji has a relatively sophisticated communications infrastructure with the highest mobile and internet penetration in the Pacific Islands.
     
  • Samoa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Australia’s Telstra to acquire Digicel’s Pacific operationsSamoa was one of the first Pacific Island countries to establish a regulatory infrastructure and to liberalise its telecom market. In 2006, it became the first in the region to see the market entrance of Digicel, which has since launched services in other Pacific nations.
     
  • Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Improved international connectivity driving broadband service uptakeFor many years, GSM was the primary mobile technology for Vanuatu’s 300,000 people. Recent infrastructure projects have improved access technologies, with a transition to 3G and, to a limited degree, to LTE.
     
  • Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    TPG Telecom begins work to upgrade the PPC-1 cable to 12Tb/sFixed-line teledensity in Papua New Guinea has seen little change over the past two decades. Progress in the country’s telecom sector has come primarily from mobile networks, where accessibility has expanded considerably in recent years, with population coverage increasing from less than 3% in 2006 to more than 90% by early 2021.
     
  • Jordan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Jordan strives to develop its digital economyJordan’s government has focussed on the use of ICT in a range of sectors, aimed at transforming the relatively small economy through the use of digital services.
     

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