Telecoms update – Who’s taking the lead in the Middle East, New Submarine cables in Africa and Pay TV is losing momentum
In it’s latest report, Reportlinker evaluates the telecom’s maturity of one of the world’s most challenging and contrasting regions, the Middle East.
Based on their telecoms maturity index, 4 countries are considered to be Market Leaders with Bahrain taking the lead with a score of 70, followed by 7 countries recognized as Market Challengers.
Progress is being made to increase fixed-line connectivity, both at the backhaul and the local level in Africa. A number of new submarine cables are expected to land in both the eastern and western seaboards later in 2018 and into 2019, with local hubs at Djibouti, Angola and Nigeria.
A number of regional projects are also underway to extend terrestrial infrastructure connecting neighbouring countries.
FOXTEL during the last few years has struggled to increase pay TV penetration in Australia. Viewing habits have also changed drastically. In addition, subscription video services from VOD operators such as Stan and Netflix are further eroding live TV viewing.
These changing market conditions are impacting both the FTA and pay TV industries.