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The Telecommunications Market in North Africa—Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators
Improved Service Affordability and Growing Fibre Connectivity to Drive Growth
This research service is an analysis of the North African telecommunications market. The areas of focus are fixed-line, mobile, and Internet communications, with special emphasis on broadband. Technologies include fibre, satellite, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, 3G, Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). All 6 North African countries are analysed at country and regional levels. The research highlights key mobile network operators and fixed-line operators and their strategies to compete in the market. Strategic insights on trending areas such as mobile money, mInsurance, and mCommerce services are also included. A brief glimpse of the market’s future and an analysis of its current landscape are provided.
The most developed countries in terms of telecommunication penetration rates in North Africa are Libya at %, Tunisia at %, and Morocco at %, respectively.
- Despite major infrastructure damage as a result of civil war, Libya has the highest telecommunication penetration in North Africa at %, with the mobile voice market approaching saturation.
- Tunisia has the highest ICT Development Index (IDI) rank ( out of countries), while Morocco has the highest Networked Readiness Index (NRI) rank ( out of countries) in the North African region.
- Morocco has one of the most advanced and competitive telecommunications markets in Africa, with operators that offer both fixed-line and mobile communications services.
- Increased communications affordability is the driver of the telecommunications market in North Africa which is supported by the presence of several international submarine fibre optic cables.
- Significant investments in FttP deployments, the launch of DSL, and WiMAX broadband services, and growing mobile data services based on HSPA and LTE technologies, are among the trends shaping the broadband market in North Africa.
Telecom Egypt (TE) is in the process of upgrading its access networks from copper-based to fibre-based technologies, while in Algeria the national and international fibre optic backbone is being upgraded to an Internet Protocol (IP) based next-generation network.
- Telecommunication providers in Egypt have partnered with Ericsson in order to gain access to the latest technologies, while enhancing customer satisfaction. In mid 2015, Mobinil launched a modernised packet core network to provide improved network speeds to its expanding subscriber base, while, Etisalat Misr deployed a Radio Dot System to enhance indoor network coverage.
- In order to minimise fibre rollout and maintenance costs, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) such as TT and Ooredoo have launched a Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing programme in Tunisia.
- The integration of the telecommunications and banking industries is redefining the business models of telecommunication providers in the region.
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