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Sierra Leone, Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure & Mobile Broadband and Bulgaria - Research and Markets
[February 14, 2017]

Sierra Leone, Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure & Mobile Broadband and Bulgaria - Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Sierra Leone, Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure & Mobile Broadband and Bulgaria" report to their offering.

This valuable report on the mobile broadband sector in the Middle East provides information on trends and developments in this mostly progressive region which relies heavily on mobile communications.

A number of recent investments in infrastructure have seen 4G LTE (News - Alert) services flourish in many markets.

This report provides key information and statistics on the mobile broadband sector for the Middle East.

Key Developments:

  • Mobile broadband usage is growing in Bahrain - representing over 50% of total broadband usage today.
  • The mobile content and applications market in Israel has come under renewed focus given the increasing affordability and penetration of smartphones.
  • Mobile payments solutions are beginning to emerge in Lebanon and are being offered by banks and mobile operators alike.
  • The fingerprint law in Saudi Arabia has resuted in a drop in mobile broadband subscriptions.
  • Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular in the UAE, accounting for close to two thirds of the country's mobile handsets.
  • There is ongoing Fixed-Mobile Conversion (FMC) taking place in Iran.
  • 3G penetration is over 70% in Jordan.
  • The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Oman has approved the Access and Interconnection (A&I) Regulation which aims to make market entry easier for new players in order to promote competition.
  • Despite the challenging environment in Syria, there are some glimpses of hope with both mobile operators reporting rising in revenue in 2015, with much of this attributed to growth in mobile data services.
  • Broadband subscriber growth in Yemen has received a boost in recent years following the launch of mobile broadband services. However fixed and mobile broadband services are far from affordable for much of the population.
  • While growth in the Iraqi telecoms sector is currently influenced by the serious civil unrest occurring in the country; it is expected that there will be opportunities for grow in both the mobile communication and mobile broadband markets in the future.
  • Viva, Zain (News - Alert) and Ooredoo of Kuwait have all turned their attention towards LTE-A. The involvement of Huawei has been pivotal to the development of LTE-A in Kuwait.
  • Both VoLTE and LTE-A services have been launched in Qatar over the past twelve months or so.
  • In April 2016 4G LTE services were launched by Turkcell, Turk Telekom and Vodafone (News - Alert) Turkey.

Companies Mentioned

  • Du
  • Etisalat (News - Alert)
  • Irancell
  • Tamin Telecom

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