Operator groups in MENA had mixed results in 2021 as they slowly recovered from the impact of COVID-19

19 April 2022 | Research

Karim Yaici

Article | PDF (3 pages) | The Middle East and Africa

"The major operators’ recent restructurings and their bold ambitions to capture digital opportunities outside their footprints will fuel investments in 5G, fibre and data centre infrastructure."


A few operators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) reported a decline in revenue in 2021. This group includes Omantel and Zain. Conversely, e& (formally Etisalat group) and Ooredoo reported a return to revenue growth in 2021, and stc reported having a higher revenue growth rate in 2021 than in 2020 thanks to a strong performance in the home market. All five of the operator groups in the region (e&, Omantel, Ooredoo, stc and Zain) expanded their 5G coverage in 2021 and reported a strong take-up of digital services including mobile financial services and ICT services.


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