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Chart of the Week: Middle East Top 10 Mobile Operator by Subscribers 1Q 2017
Middle East Top 10 Mobile Operator by Subscribers 1Q 2017

Source: indsutry sources, Blycroft estimates Copyright: Blycroft 2017

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A & ME SUBSCRIBER STATISTICS: Middle East Top 40 Mobile Operators 1Q 2017
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
The Top 40 Middle East Mobile Operators is headed by Iran as the major market, with state-owned MCI and MTN Irancell jockeying for the top two slots (Chart 1, Table 1)... More

AFRICA: Lycatel provides market muscle for Azur opertions

Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Bintel Group, the holding group of Azur Telecom, has entered into a partnership deal with the Lycatel group, which already operating in a number of markets under the Lycamobile brand. ... More

ANGOLA: Bids sought for fourth universal licence
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
The government is to launch an international public tender for a fourth global telecommunication operator covering fixed, mobile and pay-TV networks, with the State holding 45 percent of the equity... More

BAHRAIN: TRA charts growing importance of data
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Data consumption rose by 53 percent to over 296.5 million gigabytes on broadband packages during 2016, according to the Acting General director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) ... More

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BOTSWANA: BTC Internet to upgraded by KT
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has contracted Korea Telcom to improve Internet services by upgrading its network. The upgrade will take approximately 12 months and will cover Gaborone... More

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE: International cable connection completed
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017

The national coordinator of the Central African Backbone project (CAB), Yves-Didier Miehakanda, announced on 30 November 2017 the completion of the fibre interconnection... More

EGYPT: Orange looks to reduce cost of borrowing
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Orange Egypt is to increase its capital by EGP 15 billion (USD 847.3 million) to restore profitability and improve its financial position, which has been affected by high funding costs. According to... More

EGYPT: Transsion readies to offer locally made devices
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Chinese-based Transsion is to start manufacturing mobile phones locally in 2018, the Daily News Egypt reported.Transsion, owner of the brands Techno, Infinix, and Itel, is gearing-up to manufacturing... More

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IRAN: TCI told to share fixed fibre
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
State-backed Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) has been instructed to share its fibre-optic networks infrastructure with competitors in an attempt to improve access for high speed services. ... More
LEBANON: Ogero promises bigger and better broadband in 2018
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Ogero's Director Imad Kreidieh has said it aims to provide 85 percent of Internet users access to fixed broadband speeds of 50Mbps by the end of 2018, representing a 10-fold increase in speed for ... More

MADAGASCAR: Airtel formally launches 4G network
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Airtel Madagascar formally launched its 4G services on 1 December in Tulear. Present at the launch was the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development, Neypatraiky Rakotomamonjy ... More

NAMIBIA: 3G tower commissioned by MTC
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTC) has commissioned its Kaibasen tower in Oshetu 1, a settlement on the outskirts of Nau Aib, a suburb in Okahandja. The site is the first base station in MTC's... More
NIGERIA: ntel tests out national roaming on 9Mobile net
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
4G/LTE broadband operator ntel has announced a national roaming field trial with 9Mobile.The two have received regulatory approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to undertake a ... More

SOUTH AFRICA: MTN commits to strong CAPEX if no extra spectrum
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa has said that the network capital expenditure has been around ZAR 10 billion (USD 726.7 million) per annum since 2015. Motsa told MyBroadband that the operator will continue... More

SWAZILAND: Swazi Mobile announces Vodafone roaming deal
Published in issue 00795 of 07 Dec 2017
New-entrant Swazi Mobile has signed a roaming deal with Vodafone Group, and so giving it access to 27 countries, APA reported. The African counties are Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya... More

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