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  • 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.
     
  • Angola - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Angola’s MNOs gear up for 5GAngola’s telecom sector in recent years has benefited from political stability, which has encouraged foreign investment in the sector. The government and regulator have also set in train mechanisms to open up the telecom sector to new competitors, with Africell having secured a universal licence and in so doing becoming the country’s fourth MNO.
     
  • Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Kuwait continues to benefit from 5G investmentKuwait’s telecom infrastructure is well developed, with a focus on mobile infrastructure and services. The telecoms sector is important to the country’s economy, and this will become more pronounced in coming years as the economy is purposefully transitioned away from a dependence on oil and gas to one which is increasingly knowledge-based and focussed on ICT and related services.
     
  • Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Argentina’s telecom regulator releases ARS671.6 million to boost national broadband connectivityArgentina’s ongoing problem with hyperinflation continues to distort the telecom market’s performance, which shows strong growth in revenue but only modest gains in subscriber numbers each year.
     
  • Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Morocco’s goal of universal broadband access by 2022 put at risk by underperforming fixed broadband marketMorocco has one of the more advanced telecommunications sectors in Africa. It has been supported by the government’s Maroc Digital 2020 strategy (which encourages the development of a digital economy) and the National Broadband Plan (which aims to provide the entire population with fixed or mobile broadband by the end of 2022).
     
  • Lebanon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Lebanon’s internet services under strain from lack of fuelLebanon’s economic crisis has had a dire effect on the country’s telecom services. Although some progress has been made with developing 5G, the poor economic conditions have contributed to an erratic electricity supply and a lack of fuel to maintain generators.
     
  • Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Israel to close GSM and 3G networks by end-2025Israel’s developed economy largely revolves around high technology products, primarily used in the medical, biotechnology, agricultural, materials, and military industries.
     
  • Guyana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Guyana finally liberalises its telecom sector after a five-year delayAfter many years of delays and legal challenges, the 2016 Telecommunications Act was brought into force in October 2020 by the newly elected government of the People’s Party Progressive (PPP).
     
  • Turkey - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Turkey makes progress with its own-built satelliteTurkey continues to develop its capabilities within its telecom sector, becoming one of the relatively few countries able to build and develop its own communications satellites.
     
  • Ukraine - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ukraine’s telecom sector settles on back-office dealings to jolt the marketDespite the Ukraine government announcing grand plans in November 2020 to enable the commercial launch of 5G mobile services by the end of 2021 (including a spectrum auction slated for October), there has been remarkably little evidence of any progress being made towards putting those plans into action.
     

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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 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
    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 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 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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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     

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