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  • Japan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Japan’s 2021 tax reform aimed at encouraging digital transformationAlthough Japan has one of the best developed telecom markets globally, the fixed-line segment remains stagnant and the focus for growth is in the mobile sector During the last few years, the MNOs have shifted their investment from LTE to 5G, and growth in 5G showed early promise although there have been recent setbacks.
     

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  • Colombia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Colombian telcos fend off Covid-19 constrictions with positive resultsDespite the harsh impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s population and economy, Colombia’s telecom sector had a solid year thanks to positive performances in the fixed-line broadband, mobile broadband, and mobile voice and data markets.
     
  • Russia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Russia develops 5G spectrum program for 2021The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population approaching 147 million. The overall market is dominated by the western regions, particularly Moscow and St Petersburg which are the main cities and economic centres.
     
  • Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ongoing Covid-19 crisis places continued downward pressure on the Caribbean telecom sectorThe Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the health and economies of countries throughout the Caribbean region.
     
  • Japan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Japan’s 2021 tax reform aimed at encouraging digital transformationAlthough Japan has one of the best developed telecom markets globally, the fixed-line segment remains stagnant and the focus for growth is in the mobile sector During the last few years, the MNOs have shifted their investment from LTE to 5G, and growth in 5G showed early promise although there have been recent setbacks.
     
  • Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    LTE launches in Iraq marred by legal issuesIraq continues to face a number of political and economic challenges, though increasing civil stability has made it easier for mobile and fixed-line operators to rebuild telecom services and infrastructure damaged during the last few years.
     
  • Costa Rica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband- Statistics and Analyses
    Liberty Latin America receives approval for $500m purchase of MovistarIn June 2021 Liberty Latin America (LLA) announced that it had obtained approval from the telecom regulator Sutel to acquire Telefónica Costa Rica (Movistar) — Costa Rica’s second-largest mobile network operator — for around $500 million.
     
  • Romania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Romania sees more telecom market consolidationRomania’s telecom market has undergone several significant changes in recent years. Vodafone Group in July 2019 acquired Liberty Global’s local unit UPC Romania, thus enabling Vodafone Romania to compete more effectively in offering bundled services.
     
  • Cyprus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Cyprus issues licences for 5G services following multi-spectrum auctionCyprus has suffered from the effects of the pandemic, which essentially closed down the tourism sector during 2020 and into 2021. Nevertheless, the incumbent telco Cyta reported strong revenue growth in 2020, largely due to greater use of broadband and mobile services, though investment fell as a result of pandemic-related delays in completing planned projects.
     
  • Belarus - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Belarus’s telcos slammed with increased taxThe government of Belarus has successfully promoted the migration to an all-IP platform as part of a wider effort towards a digital transformation for the economy.
     
  • Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Cambodia waits on the government to release 5G policyCambodia’s mobile-dominated telecoms sector spent much of 2020 battling two major challenges: the global pandemic, and the government’s retraction of trial licenses for the rollout of 5G.
     

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  • Jordan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Jordan strives to develop its digital economyJordan is host to a growing number of ICT companies and has emerged as a technology start-up hub for the Middle East. This has been made possible due to a focus on ICT education and a regulatory environment supportive of ICT investment.
     
  • Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Vodafone Oman receives its licence as Oman’s third MNOFor 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.
     
  • Singapore - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Singapore’s telcos push standalone 5G rolloutsThe Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on Singapore’s telecom sector in 2020, pushing down penetration rates and delaying several major infrastructure projects due to production and supply chain disruptions.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Democratic Republic of Congo - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    DRC to secure access to Google’s Equiano submarine cableThe Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) was under a 30-year dictatorship between 1967 and 1997. Since then the country has continued to suffer from regional wars among rival groups, resulting in considerable social upheaval.
     
  • Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Philippines’ telecom sector weathers the Covid-19 stormThe Covid-19 pandemic had a relatively minor impact on the Philippine’s telecom sector in 2020. Subscriber numbers fell in some areas, but this was offset by strong growth in mobile data and broadband usage since a significant proportion of the population transitioned to working or studying from home.
     
  • Nepal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    High-speed broadband market gains momentum in NepalOver the years, efforts to expand the telecom sector in Nepal have met with many challenges. The fixed line market in Nepal remains underdeveloped. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment.
     
  • Turkey - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    5G and fibre infrastructure important to the future in TurkeyTurkey’s telecoms sector continues to make great strides with its 5G implementation. The operators have conducted significant trials, largely supported by Ericsson and Huawei.
     
  • Lebanon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Lebanon’s mobile operators handed back to the statePrior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis that has swept the world, Lebanon was progressing well with its 5G plans, with the major operator Touch having launched the country’s first 5G base station in September 2019.
     
  • Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Vodafone Oman receives its licence as Oman’s third MNOFor 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.
     

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