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  • Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telecoms infrastructure in Qatar demonstrates resilience during the pandemicQatar’s high level of telecoms maturity and substantial telecoms infrastructure has held it in good stead during the COVID-19 pandemic, which created a surge in Internet usage both in Qatar and around the world.
     
  • Spain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Spain delays 700MHz spectrum for 5G use due to COVID-19Spain’s telecom market is one of the largest in Europe, supported by a population of more than 46 million. Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average and there remains room for further growth, particularly in the mobile broadband segment which has been supported by continuing investment in infrastructure among operators.
     
  • Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Increased infrastructure-sharing of mobile towers in OmanThe launch of a third mobile network operator in the Sultanate of Oman in 2020 will increase competition in the mobile sector, with the current operators of Omantel and Ooredoo having a similar and sizeable market share.
     
  • Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mobile operators would benefit from 4G infrastructure in IraqWhile Iraq continues to face political and economic challenges in 2020; signs of civil stability during 2019 paved the way for the mobile and fixed sectors to rebuild and restore telecommunications services in some of the liberated areas where networks had been damaged or destroyed.
     
  • Ghana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Ghana’s GDP to fall 4.6% percentage points in 2020 due to COVID-19 and oil price fallGhana’s telecom market has benefited from the privatisation of the incumbent telco Ghana Telecom and its rebranding as Vodafone Ghana.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Singapore - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Singapore’s regulator issues provisional 5G licensesSingapore has become a world leader in telecom services, combining effective competition, high-quality fixed and mobile networks, and a progressive regulatory environment.
     
  • Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mobile telecommunications are a driving force in Kuwait’s telecom sector Overall Kuwait offers a dynamic telecoms sector with a strong bias towards mobile infrastructure and services. The telecoms sector has become increasingly important to Kuwait’s economy as the country looks to diversify from its reliance on oil and this is particularly pertinent given the drop in oil prices as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak.
     
  • 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.
     

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  • 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.
     
  • India - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
    India’s mobile market dominates the local telecom sector, having a large subscriber base and revenue as well as huge capital investment by operators. It remains a highly competitive market though the number of players has fallen in recent years as a result of bankruptcies and merger activity.
     
  • Iraq - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Mobile operators would benefit from 4G infrastructure in IraqWhile Iraq continues to face political and economic challenges in 2020; signs of civil stability during 2019 paved the way for the mobile and fixed sectors to rebuild and restore telecommunications services in some of the liberated areas where networks had been damaged or destroyed.
     
  • BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the Telecoms Sector
    The outbreak of the virus known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has created havoc all around the world and there have been many thousands of confirmed cases and reported deaths. This has placed enormous strain on the healthcare systems and economies of many countries.
     
  • Vanuatu - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telecom services have progressed in VanuatuVanuatu has a population of less than 300,000 people and for many years, 2G was one of the primary mobile technologies. Recent infrastructure projects have however improved mobile access technologies, with a transition to 3G and even 4G in some cases.
     
  • Tonga - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Satellite communications to be improved for Tonga’s rural areasThe rural areas of Tonga were to benefit from a 15-year agreement between Kacific Broadband Satellite and the Tongan government which would see additional bandwidth made available for around 89 remote communities and offer speeds similar to the large towns of Tonga.
     
  • Solomon Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    Telecoms in the Solomon Islands to benefit from various developments Improvements to Internet services are expected with both the build-out of a new submarine cable known as the Coral Sea Cable System which will link PNG to the Solomon Islands, with a connecting cable to the Australian (Sydney) landing station.
     
  • 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.
     
  • New Caledonia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
    New submarine cable planned for New Caledonia in 2019The South Pacific region has become a hub for submarine cable system development in recent years with further networks coming online during 2019/2020.
     

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