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Many countries in the Middle East have substantial mobile infrastructure
in place, particularly in the urban areas. It is encouraging to see that
some governments and operators are now focusing on improving services in
the rural areas. In Iran, for example, two of the major operators
recently agreed to provide national roaming, with an aim to improve
availability to services in rural areas.

Government support is imperative to the growth of telecommunications
infrastructure and many countries in the Middle East have strong
government backing. In Bahrain, for example, there are a number of
developments underway which will improve both telecoms services and
infrastructure and it is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
(TRA) which is the primary driver behind many of these plans.

Several countries are at the forefront of 5G development at a global
level. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular are demonstrating
significant progress towards 5G. The UAE for example, has the
appropriate infrastructure in place to take advantage of 5G as it boasts
one of the world’s highest mobile penetration rates, substantial 4G LTE
infrastructure and is considered one of the leaders in the region. It
has already allocated spectrum frequencies to Etisalat and Du for 5G
deployment use.

This report provides valuable information, analyses and statistics on
the mobile infrastructure and mobile broadband markets of the Middle
East and includes the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab
Emirates and Yemen.

This unique report also includes the Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) which
measures and ranks the maturity of a country’s telecoms industry on a
scale of 1 to 100 compared to other Middle Eastern countries. All
countries are placed into one of three categories: ‘Market Leaders’,
‘Market Challengers’ and ‘Market Emergents’, according to their Market
Index score.

The Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) is used to fuel regional analysis, it
provides a unique approach and allows a comprehensive country vs region
comparison. This TMI measures and ranks the following 12 countries in
the Middle East region including: Bahrain; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan;
Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Turkey and the United Arab

Recent Developments

  • All countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have extremely
    high mobile penetration.
  • Many governments and operators have realised that high-speed mobile
    infrastructure is the key to driving mobile broadband growth and
  • A number of recent investments in infrastructure have seen 4G LTE
    services flourish in many markets.
  • There are a few countries demonstrating leadership in terms of 5G
    development in the Middle East – and a number of other countries are
    also making strategic plans and partnerships in this regard.
  • While parts of the Middle East are having ongoing civil unrest issues
    which has stagnated telecoms developments (e.g. Syria, Yemen) – the
    more stabilised and progressive countries are moving forwards and
    making significant inroads in developing and progressing mobile
    infrastructure and mobile broadband services.

Regional Overview

  • Mobile Broadband
  • 5G Insights
  • TMI: Introduction & Statistical Overview
  • Market Analysis
  • Middle East Telecom Maturity Index (TMI)
  • TMI Versus GDP
  • Market Leaders
  • Market Challengers
  • Market Emergents
  • Mobile and Mobile Broadband Penetration
  • Fixed and Mobile Broadband Penetration
  • GCC Countries Fixed & Mobile Broadband Penetration
  • Market Characteristics

Companies Mentioned

  • Alfa Telecom
  • Asiacell
  • Avea
  • Axiom Telecom
  • Batelco/Umniah
  • Cellcom
  • du
  • Etisalat
  • FRiENDi
  • GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb
  • Golan Telecom
  • HOT Mobile
  • Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium
  • Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC)
  • Jordan Telecom Group/Orange
  • Korek Telecom
  • Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva
  • Lebara KSA/Etihad Jawraa
  • Majan Telecom (Renna)
  • Mobile Communications Iran (MCI)
  • Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain
  • Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE)
  • Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula
  • MTC Touch
  • MTN Irancell
  • MTN Syria
  • OmanTel
  • Ooredoo Kuwait (previously National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT)
    / Wataniya Telecom)
  • Ooredoo Oman
  • Ooredoo Qatar
  • Orange (Partner)
  • Pelephone (Bezeq)
  • Rami Levy
  • Regional Telecom
  • Samatel
  • Saudi Telecom Company (STC)/Bravo
  • Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
  • Syriatel
  • Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
  • Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
  • Telecommunication Kish Company (TKC)
  • Turkcell
  • Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (Virgin Mobile MEA)
  • VIVA
  • Viva Bahrain
  • Vodafone Qatar
  • Vodafone Turkey
  • Zain Bahrain
  • Zain Iraq
  • Zain Jordan
  • Zain KSA

For more information about this report visit

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