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Mobile services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

Julia Martusewicz-Kulinska Senior Analyst, Research

"Smartphone adoption remains strong across the Middle East and North Africa and is helping to increase public awareness and use of LTE, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council countries that are already deploying pre-5G technologies."

We expect that 67.1% of total telecoms service revenue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2022  will come from mobile services. In this report, we examine key trends and drivers and provide comprehensive mobile telecoms market forecasts for the MENA region and for 12 individually modelled countries, including country views for Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

This report provides:

  • a 5-year forecast of 127 mobile KPIs for the MENA region and for 12 key countries
  • an in-depth analysis of the trends, drivers and forecast assumptions for each type of mobile service, and for six key countries
  • an overview of operator strategies and country-specific topics, highlighting similarities and differences between countries
  • a summary of results, key implications and recommendations for mobile operators.

Geographical coverage

Countries modelled individually

 

Detailed country commentary

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

 

  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Data coverage 

Mobile connections

 

  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone, non-smartphone

Mobile revenue

 

  • Service, retail
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data

Mobile ARPU

 

  • SIMs, handset
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset voice, data

Voice traffic

 

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU