Scandinavian countries lead the European Telecoms Industry

In this week’s Telecom update, we take a closer look at the European telecom market, as well as Qatar leadership in 5G development. We also focus on Pricing recommendation in Papua New Guinea, and network quality in Mauritania.

Let’s have a look at the key upcoming developments selected by our top analysts:

The European TMI reveals the market leaders, the challengers & the developing ones

Denmark is the top-ranking country in Europe with a Telecom Maturity Index score of 98, out of 100, followed by Estonia and Sweden.

The top-tier rank 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 characterized by the early adoption of new technologies, but their respective governments and telecomregulators have also successfully aligned policies to ensure that national broadband coverage is achieved using the optimum technologies available.

For More information about challengers and developing markets see: Europe – Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs


Operator rivalry in Qatar drives infrastructure growth

Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar compete heavily in both the fixed and mobile market segments in Qatar.

There has also been significant activity surrounding 5G development in Qatar. These efforts towards 5G development culminated in 2018 with Ooredoo Qatar claiming it had deployed the first commercial 5G network in the world.

Not to be undone, Vodafone Qatar soon announced it had also conducted 5G testing and began deploying its 5G network at around 50 locations across Qatar.

See: Qatar – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses


Pricing recommendation rejected in Papua New Guinea

A significant pricing development occurred in Papua New Guinea in September 2018 when the Communication Minister rejected a Retail Service Determination (RSD) recommendation by the NICTA, relating to mobile on-net and off-net pricing, due to concerns over its social and economic impact.

Generally speaking, there have been recent improvements to mobile infrastructure in Papua New Guinea, with additional 3G launches and 4G LTE deployment in some urban areas. This has resulted in growth for the mobile broadband sector which took a big leap forward in the past couple of years in terms of subscriber growth.

Interested in more? Papua New Guinea – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses


Mauritania’s regulator preps for new market entrant

The Mauritanian telecom regulator, the ARE, has long punished the country’s three mobile network operators for failing to manage SIM card registration effectively, or to improve the quality of service (QoS) for consumers.

The regulator is now planning to inject additional market competition in a bid to encourage the three to improve services.

For more detail on these developments see Mauritania – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses