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  • Asia - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
    Asia’s fixed broadband market is propelled forwards during the Covid-19 crisisThe Covid-19 crisis between 2019 and 2022 delivered an overall positive effect on the fixed broadband market in Asia, with many people opting for that platform when required to work or school from home.
     
  • Asia - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
    Huge diversity and a widening range of extremes embody Asia’s telecommunications sectorViewed as a whole, the Asian telecommunications market is too large and diverse to be characterised as a single, homogeneous environment.
     

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  • Asia - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
    Asia’s fixed broadband market is propelled forwards during the Covid-19 crisisThe Covid-19 crisis between 2019 and 2022 delivered an overall positive effect on the fixed broadband market in Asia, with many people opting for that platform when required to work or school from home.
     
  • Netherlands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Netherlands delays 3.5GHz 5G auction to at least late 2023Telecom infrastructure in the Netherlands continues to be upgraded as modernisation schemes undertaken by telcos make steady progress. KPN is replacing its copper access network with fibre, either through its own investment program or in conjunction with the wholesale fibre access provider Glaspoort, in which it has a half-share alongside the pension company APG.
     
  • Asia - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
    Huge diversity and a widening range of extremes embody Asia’s telecommunications sectorViewed as a whole, the Asian telecommunications market is too large and diverse to be characterised as a single, homogeneous environment.
     
  • Estonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Estonia’s delayed 5G auction providing MNOs with 3.5GHz spectrumInvestment in Estonia’s telecom market has been focussed on fixed-line infrastructure upgrades, and the deployment of 5G services. Fixed broadband subscribers are gradually migrating from DSL to fibre, with the legacy copper being replaced.
     
  • Guatemala - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    MIC takes full control over Tigo GuatemalaGuatemala’s telecom infrastructure is relatively poor for the region, the result of underinvestment. However, there has been some stimulus recently from the US, which has earmarked up to $1.
     
  • Serbia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Serbia sees progress towards 5G auctionsSerbia’s telecom industry has been liberalised in line with the principles of the EU’s regulatory framework for communications, focussed on encouraging competition in telecom products and services, and ensuring universal access.
     
  • Ecuador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ecuador reduces or eliminates several taxes to improve investment in telecomsIn common with several other mid-sized countries in the region, Ecuador has a small telecom market dominated by the mobile sector.
     
  • North Macedonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    North Macedonian MNOs expanding their 5G presence The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was renamed as the Republic of North Macedonia in February 2019. The country has been a European Union (EU) candidate since 2005 with accession discussions facing delays over the years.
     
  • Slovenia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Slovenia concludes multi-spectrum 5G auctionAlthough Slovenia’s telecom sector is dominated by four operators, regulations over the years have encouraged market competition. As a result, the incumbent telco Telekom Slovenije has faced increasing pressure in all sectors.
     
  • Slovakia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Slovakia’s MNOs providing 80% 5G coverageSlovakia’s telecom market has effective competition on all sectors, though the incumbent telco Slovak Telekom is the largest operator in the fixed-line voice and broadband fields.
     

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  • El Salvador - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telefónica Moviles finally sells its 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 regulator concludes long-awaited spectrum auctionSouth 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, such as MTN and Vodacom, all aimed at improving network capabilities.
     
  • Tanzania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Tanzanian government announces extension to the country's national backbone networkTanzania’s telecom sector enjoys effective competition, particularly in the mobile segment. There remains considerable movement within the market, 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
    Somaliland government, Somtel, Telesom and SomCable to establish a fibre-optic joint ventureSomalia’s economic difficulties in recent years have made it difficult for telcos and the government to sustain investment in infrastructure.
     
  • Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    5G trials continue in SenegalSenegal’s telecom market continues to show steady growth in all sectors. This has been supported by the particular demands made on consumers during the pandemic, which resulted in a particularly strong increase in the number of subscribers.
     
  • Sudan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    WE-Africa-NA terrestrial fibre cable set to improve internet connectivitySudan emerged as a poorer country when South Sudan separated from it in 2011. Although Sudan has about four times the population of South Sudan, the latter benefits from its control of the majority of known oil reserves.
     
  • 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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  • Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Brazil’s regulator concludes 5G spectrum auctionBrazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America due to the sheer size of its population. Healthy competition in the mobile market has helped reduce the price of mobile services in Brazil in recent years and mobile service providers have had much success in converting their customers from prepaid to contract plans.
     
  • 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
    Fiji’s Competition and Consumer Commission approves Telstra’s acquisition of DigicelFiji is the leading market to watch in terms of both LTE and 5G development in the region. The market boasts relatively sophisticated, advanced digital infrastructure, with telcos’ heavy investment resulting in the country having the highest mobile and internet penetration in the Pacific Islands region.
     
  • Samoa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Government to take control of Samoa Submarine Cable CompanySamoa 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 country 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
    Telstra set to acquire Digicel PNGFixed-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.
     

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