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Mobile services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022 based on 2Q 2017 data

Karim Yaici Senior Analyst, Research
Alex Boisot Research Analyst

"The total retail revenue will see a slight increase as mobile data growth offsets declining revenue from voice and messaging."

This report examines the key trends and drivers, and provides telecoms market forecasts for mobile communication services the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It includes worldwide context and commentary on six key countries: Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This report provides:

  • a 5-year forecast of 127 mobile KPIs for the MENA region and for six 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,1 IoT2
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone, non-smartphone

Mobile revenue

 

  • Service,3 retail
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset, mobile broadband,1 IoT2
  • Handset voice, messaging, data

Mobile ARPU

 

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

Voice traffic

 

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU

1 Includes USB modem, and mid- and large-screen, though not handset-based data.

2 M2M connections and revenue figures include mobile services only.

3 Service revenue is the sum of retail and wholesale revenue.