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  • Africa - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
    Africa’s MNOs making greater use of improved network capacityThe telecom markets in all countries in Africa are dominated by mobile networks. These networks carry up to 98% of all voice and data traffic, and account for the largest proportion of voice and internet connections by far.
     
  • Africa - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
    Further consolidation in Africa’s mobile sector as Tigo exitsGiven the poor fixed-line infrastructure in most countries across Africa, voice and data services across the region are greatly dependent on mobile networks.
     

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  • Africa - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
    Africa’s MNOs making greater use of improved network capacityThe telecom markets in all countries in Africa are dominated by mobile networks. These networks carry up to 98% of all voice and data traffic, and account for the largest proportion of voice and internet connections by far.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Azerbaijan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Azerbaijan telecom sector experiences tepid growth as investment in infrastructure lags other countriesIn spite of the telecom sector being one of the major contributors to Azerbaijan’s non-oil GDP, overall development, growth, and investment in the sector has been held back by years of political and civil unrest coupled with endemic corruption.
     
  • North Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    North Korea’s telecom sector shrinks even more following Orascom write-downFollowing years of isolationism and economic under-achievement, North Korea languishes near the bottom of the world’s telecom maturity index alongside Afghanistan and Turkmenistan (who also happen to be struggling under repressive political regimes).
     
  • Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Planned True-DTAC merger set to alter Thailand’s mobile market dynamicsThailand’s telecom sector is relatively mature and hosts a mix of public and private sector players. The mobile market is highly developed and has experienced strong growth over the last seven years.
     
  • Africa - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
    Further consolidation in Africa’s mobile sector as Tigo exitsGiven the poor fixed-line infrastructure in most countries across Africa, voice and data services across the region are greatly dependent on mobile networks.
     
  • Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Afghanistan telecom sector’s progress threatened by the return of the Taliban regimeThe return of the Taliban to power in August 2021 following the American-led withdrawal of security forces has thrown the telecom sector – along with the rest of the country’s developing economy – into disarray.
     
  • USA - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Licensees making use of acquired spectrum to improve 5G servicesThe US telecom sector adapted well to the particular demands of the pandemic, which has led to strong growth in the number of mobile, mobile broadband, and fixed broadband subscribers since 2020.
     
  • Africa - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
    More African countries aiming to develop ICT hubsCountries across the African region continue to develop telecoms infrastructure, both on a national and international level. For many years, the region was deeply compromised by the legacy of underinvestment and neglect from governments and sector regulators alike.
     

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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 government planning to provide national broadband coverage by end-2023South 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 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
    Somalia’s telcos pass deadline for securing licensesSomalia’s economic difficulties in recent years have made it difficult for telcos and the government to sustain investment in infrastructure. The government has also had to contend with militant groups which continue on occasion to force the closure of internet services in many areas of the country.
     
  • Senegal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Orange Senegal continues with 5G trialsSenegal’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
    Unstable Sudanese political situation exposing fragile internet sectorSudan 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
    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
    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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