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  • Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Vodafone Group prepares to exit Egyptian telecom marketSupported by a population of about 95 million, Egypt has one of the largest telecom markets in North Africa. There is effective competition in most sectors, and this has been supported by the award of unified licences to allow operators to offer fixed-line as well as mobile services.
     
  • Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Algeria’s MNOs secure more spectrum to improve service qualityAlgeria 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.
     
  • India - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    India’s stressed mobile sector gains investor interestThe mobile market continues to be the main focus of India’s telecom sector, securing the bulk of operator capex. There is also considerable government investment in national infrastructure, including the BharatNet project which aims to connect 250,000 villages to broadband networks, of which 100,000 are expected to be connected with FttP services by the end of 2020.
     
  • Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market
    Fixed broadband deployment in the Middle East continues to expandMost countries in the Middle East are working towards expanding fixed broadband infrastructure coverage - usually under the guidance of a National Broadband Network (NBN) strategy and often deployed by the incumbent.
     
  • Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
    The Middle East relies heavily on mobile infrastructure during 2020Mobile infrastructure in the Middle East has by far the highest population coverage compared to fixed broadband and the region is highly dependent on mobile services.
     
  • Middle East - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
    Middle East mobile operators face challenges during COVID-19 Mobile operators across the Middle East have faced extraordinary challenges in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting on most facets of mobile services and operations.
     
  • China - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    China aiming for one million 5G base stations by end-2020The Chinese telecom market is the largest in the world in terms of subscribers. Market development has generally been driven by investments from government-allied entities and features a strongly guided industrial policy.
     
  • Colombia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Colombia completes multi-spectrum auction in push for 5G Colombia’s telecom infrastructure has evolved strongly in recent years and has recently been stimulated by a new program aimed at delivering upgraded services based on LTE and 5G.
     

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  • Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Vodafone Group prepares to exit Egyptian telecom marketSupported by a population of about 95 million, Egypt has one of the largest telecom markets in North Africa. There is effective competition in most sectors, and this has been supported by the award of unified licences to allow operators to offer fixed-line as well as mobile services.
     
  • Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Gambia’s Gamtel launches fibre-based broadband servicesGambia’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent telco Gamtel, which retains a monopoly on fixed-line telephony services. There are four mobile networks providing effective competition.
     
  • Gabon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Gabon makes progress with international fibre connectivityGabon remains one of the wealthiest nations in Africa in terms of GDP per capita, with the economy largely buttressed by oil revenue.The telecom market was liberalised in 1999 when the government awarded three mobile telephony licences and two ISP licences and established an independent regulatory authority.
     
  • Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Algeria’s MNOs secure more spectrum to improve service qualityAlgeria 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.
     
  • Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Niger’s difficult economic climate encourages exit of Orange GroupNiger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest in the world. As with many African markets, a lack of fixed telecoms infrastructure has led to growth in mobile services.
     
  • India - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    India’s stressed mobile sector gains investor interestThe mobile market continues to be the main focus of India’s telecom sector, securing the bulk of operator capex. There is also considerable government investment in national infrastructure, including the BharatNet project which aims to connect 250,000 villages to broadband networks, of which 100,000 are expected to be connected with FttP services by the end of 2020.
     
  • Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market
    Fixed broadband deployment in the Middle East continues to expandMost countries in the Middle East are working towards expanding fixed broadband infrastructure coverage - usually under the guidance of a National Broadband Network (NBN) strategy and often deployed by the incumbent.
     
  • Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Angola’s awards fourth Unified Global licenseAngola’s telecom sector has showed consistent recovery following the end of a decades-long civil war in 2002. Political stability has encouraged foreign investment while the government and regulator have started the process of opening up the telecom sector to new competitors.
     
  • Chad - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Chad drops internet excise duty to help reduce access costsDuring the last decade Chad’s economy has been dominated by oil exports, and as a result economic growth has been adversely affected by the falling prices for the commodity on international markets.
     
  • Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
    The Middle East relies heavily on mobile infrastructure during 2020Mobile infrastructure in the Middle East has by far the highest population coverage compared to fixed broadband and the region is highly dependent on mobile services.
     

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  • South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South Africa to offer additional spectrum to address data traffic spikeSouth Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the most advanced infrastructures on the continent. There is has been considerable investment from Telkom, Liquid Telecom South Africa, 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
    Tanzania gaining further mobile market consolidationTanzania’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 having completed its merger with Zantel.
     
  • Somalia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Somalia’s telecom sector to gain direction through new licensing regimeSomalia’s telecom market has been sustained despite tremendous difficulties. The country’s economy has made it difficult to sustain investment in infrastructure, and the Al Shabaab Islamic militant group has on occasion forced 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 launches its own satellite to develop space technology sectorSudan 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 Telecom Company (STC) capitalises on tower infrastructureSaudi Arabia offers one of the most progressive telecoms markets in the Middle East and is well positioned to capitalise on the potential opportunities offered by 5G.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Nigeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Nigeria updates broadband penetration target for 2021Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. The economy has recovered from a recent recession, with DGP growth of 1.
     
  • Nigeria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
    Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. The economy has recovered from the recession experienced in 2016, with DGP growth of 1.
     

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  • South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South Africa to offer additional spectrum to address data traffic spikeSouth Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the most advanced infrastructures on the continent. There is has been considerable investment from Telkom, Liquid Telecom South Africa, Broadband InfraCo and municipal providers as well as from mobile network operators all aimed at improving network capabilities.
     
  • Cameroon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Cameroon increases internet bandwidth with SAIL cableThe ICT sector in Cameroon is making steady progress enabling the country to make better use of the digital economy. Currently, about 95% of all electronic transactions are carried through the m-money services operated by MTN Cameroon and Orange Cameroon.
     
  • Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Bahrain develops robust telecoms infrastructure for the futureThe telecommunications sector in Bahrain is robust and progressive and it contributes about 4% a year to the Kingdom’s GDP. Bahrain is striving to drive further growth in the telecoms sector in 2020 by ensuring it is competitive and adaptable to market dynamics.
     
  • Iran - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mobile broadband infrastructure has grown in IranIran was one of the first countries in the world to experience a serious outbreak of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, with over 50,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths by early April 2020.
     
  • Hong Kong - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Hong Kong government helps subsidize 5G projectsHong Kong’s small telecom market is among the most highly developed globally. The territory’s emphasis on new technologies has seen it provide widescale fibre-based broadband infrastructure, while 5G services have been available since April 2020.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telecom regulator threatens to withdraw Vodacom Lesotho’s licenceTelecom services in Lesotho are managed by a privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The mobile sector is a duopoly between South Africa-based Vodacom and ETL, though competition is insufficient to promote effective price reductions for consumers.
     
  • Mozambique - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mozambique trials Loon balloons for broadband coverageAlthough delayed by the long civil war which ended in 1992, Mozambique was one of the first countries in the region to embark upon telecom reform and open the sector to competition.
     
  • Kenya - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Kenya’s mobile operators progress with 5G trialsKenya’s telecommunications market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of increased competition, improved international connectivity, and rapid developments in the mobile market.
     
  • Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    5G trials have begun in PakistanPakistan’s telecom market had long struggled with the transition from a regulated state-owned monopoly to a deregulated competitive structure. The transition, and the development of the telecom sector generally, has been greatly aided by foreign investment.
     

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