The Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.
Tunisia has developed a diverse, market-oriented economy and saw only a mild drop of GDP growth in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis, after which annual growth will return to pre-crisis levels of between 4% and 6%.
As a result of heavy investments in the telecom sector since the mid-1990s, Tunisia has one of the most developed telecommunications infrastructures in Northern Africa and sports some of the continent’s highest market penetration rates.
Offering a full range of services, Tunisie Telecom is the country’s fixed-line incumbent. The company was partly privatised in 2006 when a 35% stake was sold to Dubai-based Tecom and DIG. It also operates a mobile network under the name Tunicell.
The mobile sector has experienced exceptional growth since the introduction of a second GSM network in 2002, operated under the name Tunisiana by Egypt’s Orascom and Kuwait’s Wataniya.
Competition between eleven ISPs, supported by a nationwide fibre optic backbone network and international access via submarine and terrestrial fibre, has led to one of the most developed Internet markets in the region and some of the lowest broadband prices in Africa. The government is encouraging and promoting Internet use but at the same time is keeping tight control by restricting access to certain websites. Laws supporting e-commerce and digital signatures have been passed, which has led to one of the most active e-government and e-commerce sectors in Africa.
France Telecom-owned Orange entered the market as the second fixed-line and third mobile operator in May 2010 and launched Tunisia’s first commercial 3G mobile service. This is expected to deliver a further boost to the Internet and broadband market by taking broadband Internet access to a much wider part of the population, considering that the country’s mobile networks already reach close to 100% of the population while Tunisie Telecom’s fixed-line network reaches only about one-third of households. Orange’s 3G mobile broadband pricing is designed to compete head-on with Tunisie Telecom’s ADSL service which up to now has dominated the broadband market.
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets to end-2011; Market analysis 2010; Davos World Economic Forum ranking 2007-2010; Profiles of major players in all market sectors; New terabit international fibre to Italy; Third mobile operator launches country’s first commercial 3G service; 3G mobile broadband pricing competes with ADSL; ADSL and mobile data pricing trends 2008-2010; Mobile ARPU trend 2003-2010; Broadband revenue forecast 2014.This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Tunisia’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:
Key statistics; Market and industry overviews; The impact of the global economic crisis; Regulatory environment and structural reform; Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband); Infrastructure development; Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G; Average Revenue per User; Internet and broadband development and pricing, including 3G mobile; Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile); E-government and e-commerce.Tunisia’s International Internet bandwidth - 2001; 2006 - 2010 YearBandwidth (Gb/s) 20010.07 20061.3 20073.1 200811.3 200927.5 2010 (May)37.5 (Source: BuddeComm based on MCT data) 0For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Tunisia, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
One of Africa’s most advanced telecoms and broadband markets; The impact of the global economic crisis; Government policies affecting the telecoms industry; Market liberalisation and regulatory issues; Telecoms operators - privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences; Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends, including 3G; Internet censorship; One of Africa’s most active e-government and e-commerce sectors; Mobile Average Revenue per User.