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.

Moving down to the rest of our news, we also look at the next undersea cables project which will soon benefit Africa to better internet connectivity and finally we assess the under growing threat from Video-on-Demand on Pay TV and Free-To-Air TV. Let’s have a look at the key upcoming developments selected by our top analysts:
According to a recent Buddecomm’s research, operators face many challenges in the Middle East due to the rise of competition; the impact of civil conflict upon the region and differing economic condition. However, the market offers huge opportunities for growth due to its large populations and increasingly progressive outlook.
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.
  • Improvements in fixed-line connectivity expected in Africa due to new submarine cables

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.

  • Australian Pay TV and Free-to-Air TV markets lose momentum

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.