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The Fixed services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

The Fixed services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

This report examines key trends and drivers and provides comprehensive fixed telecoms market forecast for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and for 12 individually modelled countries, including country views for six countries: Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.


Executive summary
Service revenue in MENA will grow to USD73 billion in 2022, as competition increases despite a weaker economic outlook

Worldwide trends
Worldwide: Fixed service revenue will continue to increase during the forecast period, reaching USD621 billion in 2022

Regional trends
MENA: Fixed broadband and IPTV services will drive fixed revenue growth in the region
The broadband market will grow in most countries, driven by upgrades to access technology and infrastructure investments
Household penetration will grow in all markets, driven by market competition and supported by national broadband plans

Country-level trends
Iran: Investment in fibre and TD-LTE infrastructure will help improve service quality and expand fixed broadband reach
Kuwait: Unclear timelines for fixed infrastructure privatisation and fibre roll-out will constrain market growth
Oman: Increased competition will lead to voice revenue decline, while broadband will benefit from ambitious roll-out plans
Qatar: Well-developed fibre infrastructure will create opportunities for upselling broadband and content-based services
Saudi Arabia: Unified licensing and the government’s plan to expand fibre coverage should help drive demand for broadband

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