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  • Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Thailand’s internet connectivity set to improve with two new submarine cablesThailand’s telecom sector has seen a continuing shift from fixed-line services to the mobile segment. The decline in fixed-line penetration seen in recent years is expected to continue as subscribers migrate to mobile networks for voice and data services.
     
  • South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South Korea preps for 6G to gain international leadSouth Korea has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of telecom market maturity and the adoption of emerging technologies. The country is ranked 2nd of 34 Asian countries in BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index.
     
  • Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Two of Pakistan’s MNOs complete 5G trialsPakistan’s telecom market has had to 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.
     
  • Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Morocco gains World bank funds for digital transformation programMorocco has developed one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa, supported by the government’s Maroc Digital 2020 strategy to encourage the development of a digital economy and on the National Broadband Plan which aims to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022.
     
  • Nigeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Nigeria commits funds to widen broadband service availabilityNigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. The economy’s recovery from a recent recession, helped the telecom sector attract foreign investment, particularly from China, while government infrastructure programs also stimulate investment.
     
  • Zimbabwe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation affecting telcos’ revenueZimbabwe since 2019 has been hit by significant macro-economic difficulties, a climate-related drought, and the effects of COVID-19. Revenue from the telecom sector came under pressure from a number of recent regulatory measures and taxes imposed by the cash-strapped government, though to alleviate the effects of inflation, mobile service tariffs have been increased three times since mid-2019.
     

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  • Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Benin mobile competition to break MTN and Moov duopolyDevelopment within Benin’s telecom market continues to be restricted by the poor condition of the country’s fixed-line infrastructure. The use of fixed-line voice and internet services is low, and consequently little revenue is derived from these sectors.
     
  • Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Thailand’s internet connectivity set to improve with two new submarine cablesThailand’s telecom sector has seen a continuing shift from fixed-line services to the mobile segment. The decline in fixed-line penetration seen in recent years is expected to continue as subscribers migrate to mobile networks for voice and data services.
     
  • South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    South Korea preps for 6G to gain international leadSouth Korea has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of telecom market maturity and the adoption of emerging technologies. The country is ranked 2nd of 34 Asian countries in BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index.
     
  • Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Two of Pakistan’s MNOs complete 5G trialsPakistan’s telecom market has had to 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.
     
  • Morocco - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Morocco gains World bank funds for digital transformation programMorocco has developed one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in Africa, supported by the government’s Maroc Digital 2020 strategy to encourage the development of a digital economy and on the National Broadband Plan which aims to provide fixed or mobile broadband access to the entire population by 2022.
     
  • Nigeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Nigeria commits funds to widen broadband service availabilityNigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. The economy’s recovery from a recent recession, helped the telecom sector attract foreign investment, particularly from China, while government infrastructure programs also stimulate investment.
     
  • Zimbabwe - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation affecting telcos’ revenueZimbabwe since 2019 has been hit by significant macro-economic difficulties, a climate-related drought, and the effects of COVID-19. Revenue from the telecom sector came under pressure from a number of recent regulatory measures and taxes imposed by the cash-strapped government, though to alleviate the effects of inflation, mobile service tariffs have been increased three times since mid-2019.
     
  • Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mauritania again issues tender for LTE license auctionMauritania’s small population and low economic output has limited the country’s ability to develop sustained growth. There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment.
     
  • Sierra Leone - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Sierra Leone’s fibre link to Guinea is completedSierra Leone has enjoyed sustained political stability in recent years, following a decade of civil war. The departure of the UN’s local mission in March 2014 marked the end of more than 15 years of international peacekeeping operations in the country.
     
  • Liberia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Liberia’s government to allow Libtelco to enter the mobile marketAfter more than a decade of civil war which destroyed much of its infrastructure, Liberia became a prime example of an almost entirely wireless telecommunications market.
     

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  • 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
    Increased infrastructure-sharing of mobile towers in OmanThe anticipated launch of a third mobile network operator in the Sultanate of Oman will increase competition in the mobile sector. The current operators Omantel and Ooredoo have a similar and sizeable market share.
     
  • Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Philippines gains additional telecom market competitionThe fixed line market in the Philippines remains underdeveloped with low penetration in both the fixed broadband and fixed-line markets. This is partly attributed to under-investment in fixed infrastructure, the dominance of the mobile segment and the rapid development of mobile broadband.
     
  • Israel - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Israel conclude multi-spectrum auction for 5GIsrael boasts a highly developed economy and one of its major sectors revolves around high technology products, primarily used in the medical, biotechnology, agricultural, materials and military industries.
     
  • Costa Rica - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband- Statistics and Analyses
    Costa Rica’s Fonatel project continues to make progressCosta Rica’s liberalised telecom sector saw substantial growth for a number of years, though the level of growth has fallen sharply since 2016, and fell to only 0.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Ethiopia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ethiopian government progresses with telecom liberalisationEthiopia was one of the last countries in Africa to allow its national telco a monopoly on all telecom services including fixed, mobile, internet and data communications.
     
  • Papua New Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Papua New Guinea’s telecoms connectivity improvingWith fixed teledensity having seen little change over the past two decades, progress in PNGs telecommunications has come primarily from mobile networks, where accessibility has expanded from less than 3% population coverage in 2006 to more than 89% today with a combination of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks on offer depending on location.
     

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