Global Mobile - Regional Leaders - Countries and Operators

Global Mobile - Regional Leaders - Countries and Operators

It is interesting to compare countries around the world in terms of their overall telecoms maturity, especially as we are fast approaching the introduction of 5G. The transition to 5G will need to be underpinned by superior telecoms infrastructure based on 4G LTE and fibre-based broadband.
The operators are also of paramount importance in the current telecoms evolution. Many countries around the world have progressive domestic and international players which are heavily investing in infrastructure and services in order to be ready for the next wave.
In order to benchmark a countries telecoms maturity level with each region, BuddeComm has developed a unique Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) which analyses the Broadband, Mobile and Fixed Line markets of specific countries at a regional level.
In Africa, for example, some of the countries within the top-tier rank, according to the TMI, includes Mauritius, as well as a diverse range spread widely in terms of geography, such as Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, which all benefit from good telecom infrastructure and high mobile and mobile broadband penetration rates. South Africa and Gabon are also notable in this region, with Gabon in particular benefitting from relatively high mobile broadband penetration.
Asia is arguably the world’s most diverse region with regards to its telecoms industry. A number of countries with large populations have attracted considerable investment from both vendors and operators. Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia feature highly in the Asia Telecoms Maturity Index.
The top-tier ranked countries within Europe are dominated by the Scandinavian nations. All have sophisticated telecom markets with competitive mobile and internet sectors. Not only is each market characterised by the early adoption of new technologies, but their respective governments and telecom regulators have also successfully aligned policies to ensure that national broadband coverage is achieved using the optimum technologies available.
Some of the countries in Latin America within the TMI top-tier include Uruguay and Costa Rica, both have among the smallest populations on the continent, and sit alongside others including Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, the last three of which have the largest markets in the region (supported by sizeable populations). These countries in particular benefit from having stronger fixed-line broadband infrastructure and penetration.
The Middle East is led by Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. All three have been identified as having the highest fixed and mobile penetration in the region, along with higher GDP per Capita. Both Qatar and the UAE are members of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) and benefit economically from natural crude oil and gas reserves. Israel’s economy is advanced by global standards.

Key developments:

BuddeComms over 40 years of experience allows us to have a unique vision of the evolution of the global telecoms industry.
Global mobile subscriber growth continues in 2019 and while this is mainly due to growth in some of the emerging markets, it is interesting to see that some of the developed markets are also showing signs of steady growth.
The mobile network operators (MNOs), in both the developed and emerging markets, will continue to face daunting data demands from customers, many of whom make use of data-intensive graphics, videos and files shared across the networks.
Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to rise in the years ahead. Around half of this growth will just come from five key countries including China and India.


  • Executive Summary
  • Global Telecoms Market - 2019
    • Table Global telecom statistics at a glance - 2019
    • GLOBAL MOBILE SUBSCRIPTIONS
      • Table Global - unique mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Regional - mobile subscriptions - 2014 - 2019
      • Smart phone shipments in decline
        • Table Global - smart phone shipments - 2016 - 2019
  • Global mobile broadband statistics
    • MOBILE BROADBAND SUBSCRIPTIONS
      • Table Global - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014 - 2019
      • Table Global mobile broadband penetration - developed versus developing markets - 2014 – 2018
    • REGIONAL MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
      • Table Regional - mobile broadband penetration - 2014 - 2018
      • Table Regional - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014 - 2018
  • Mobile economy
    • MOBILE MONEY TAKING OFF
      • Case study: Mobile money in Nigeria
        • Table Nigeria - m-money transactions and value - 2010 - 2019
        • Table Nigeria - M-money inter-scheme transactions and value - 2017 - 2019
    • MOBILE DATA TRAFFIC
    • FIBRE IS CRITICAL
      • Fibre broadband will be needed for 5G
  • Global mobile technologies
    • GLOBAL MOBILE TECHNOLOGY MARKET SHARE
      • Table Global - market share of mobile technologies - 2018
  • Leading global operators
    • Table Global - Top 10 public telecoms operators by revenue - 2018
    • OPERATORS FROM THE USA LEAD IN REVENUE
      • Table AT&T wireless subscribers - 2008 - 2018
    • OPERATOR REVENUES GROW IN KEY REGIONS
      • Table Total operator revenues by key regions - 2017; 2025
  • Leading Countries - Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Africa - Regional Market Comparison
    • AFRICA - LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Africa - leading MNOs - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Africa - MTN mobile subscribers by country - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Africa - Orange Group mobile subscribers by country - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Africa - Etisalat mobile subscribers by country - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Africa - Zain mobile subscribers by country - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Africa - Vodacom mobile subscribers by country - 2012 - 2018
      • Table Africa - Airtel mobile subscribers by country - 2012 - 2018
    • AFRICA TMI OVERVIEW
    • AFRICA TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • AFRICA TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY REGION
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
      • North Africa
      • West Africa
      • Southern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • East Africa
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Asia - Regional Market Comparison
    • ASIA - LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Asia - major domestic operator subscribers - 2011 - 2018
      • Table Asia - international mobile operator subscribers - 2011 - 2018
    • ASIAN TELECOMS MATURITY INDEX
      • Overview
      • Market analysis
      • Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
      • Key market characteristics by market segment
      • Asian TMI by Tier
      • Asian TMI by Region
      • Largest ten countries by GDP and population
      • Global Comparisons
        • Table TMI vs GDP per capita by population - top 20 largest countries by population
  • Europe - Regional Market Comparison
    • EUROPE - LEADING PAN-EUROPEAN MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Europe - Deutsche Telekom - mobile subscribers by country - 2018
      • Table Europe - Orange Group - mobile subscribers by country - 2018
      • Table Europe - Orange Group - mobile subscribers by country - 2018
      • Table Europe - Telefonica Group - mobile subscribers by country - 2018
      • Table Europe - Telia Company - mobile subscribers by country - 2018
    • EUROPE - TMI OVERVIEW
    • EUROPE TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED VERSUS MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Latin America - Regional Market Comparison
    • LATIN AMERICA - LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Latin America - major mobile operators - subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Latin America - América Móvil subscribers - 2014 - 2019
      • Table Latin America - Telefónica LA subscribers - 2014 - 2019
      • Table Latin America - Millicom International subscribers - 2014 - 2019
    • LATIN AMERCIA - TMI OVERVIEW
    • LATIN AMERICA TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Top-tier - Market Leaders
      • Middle-tier - Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier - Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
      • South America
      • Central America
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Middle East - Regional Market Comparison
    • MIDDLE EAST - LEADING MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Major domestic mobile operators
        • Table Middle East - Major domestic operators by subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • Major international mobile operators
        • Table Middle East - international mobile operators by subscribers - 2012 - 2018
    • MIDDLE EAST - TMI OVERVIEW
    • MIDDLE EAST TELECOM MATURITY INDEX (TMI)
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • GCC COUNTRIES FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • MARKET CHARACTERISTICS

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