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Middle East and North Africa telecoms market: trends and forecasts 2020–2025

27 January 2021 | Research

Alex Boisot Rémy Giraud Karim Yaici Jakub Konieczny Olamide Makinde

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (63 slides); Excel | The Middle East and Africa

"The total telecoms revenue in MENA is expected to grow at a CAGR of 0.4% between 2020 and 2025, despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."


Operators’ investments in both the fixed (mainly fibre) and mobile (both 4G and 5G) markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will lead to USD1.5 billion growth in the total telecoms revenue between 2020 and 2025 (0.4% CAGR). This report provides insight into the market trends across the region and gives detailed analysis of countries’ expected performance.

This report and associated data annex provide:

  • a 5-year forecast of more than 180 mobile and fixed KPIs for the MENA region as a whole and for 12 key countries
  • an in-depth analysis of the trends, drivers and forecast assumptions for each type of mobile and fixed service, and for key countries
  • an overview of operator strategies and country-specific topics, in order to highlight similarities and differences by means of a cross-country comparison
  • a summary of results and key implications for mobile and fixed operators.


Geographical coverage


Key performance indicators

Region modelled

  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


Countries modelled individually

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





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


  • Voice, broadband
  • Narrowband voice, VoBB
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, FWA, 5G, other

Pay TV


Fixed and mobile

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU

Mobile data traffic




  • Service, retail, wholesale
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G


  • Service, retail, wholesale
  • Voice, broadband, dedicated connections
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, FWA, 5G, other

ICT services

Pay TV

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