Market Report, “North Africa Telecommunications Report Q4 2010”   Leave a comment

he Q4 2010 update of BMI’s North Africa Telecommunications report contains revised five-year growth forecasts for the fixed-line telephony, mobile user and internet subscriber sectors of four countries: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Our new forecasts incorporate the latest operator and, in some cases, regulatory data.

Key developments of significance to the region’s telecoms markets include the news that that France Telecom (Orange) was in ‘advanced’ talks with the owners of Morocco’s second-largest mobile operator Meditel to acquire a 40% share in the company. Depending on the outcome of these talks, Meditel could soon find itself with a new parent company with plans to invest in developing the operator’s 3G capabilities. 3G services have become a new major battleground for Morocco’s three mobile network operators and, indeed, mobile broadband services appear to be driving the expansion of the country’s broadband sector, even at the expense of ADSL. The country’s largest 3G operator is Wana Telecom, which entered the market in late 2008.

Other notable developments include the launch of 3G services by Orange Tunisia in May 2010. Orange, which is jointly owned by France Telecom and Tunisia’s Mabrouk Group, entered the market as Tunisia’s first truly convergent telecoms operator, offering a suite of mobile, fixed and internet services. The operator has stated that it will invest TND1bn (US$689mn) by 2015 in developing the Tunisia’s first 3G network. According to reports, the new W-CDMA network will offer video telephony, mobile TV via WAP and video surveillance services. Customers using 3G dongles will enjoy download speeds of up to 1Mbps. The operator hopes to achieve network coverage of 98% of the population by the end of 2011.

Although Algeria has yet to issue 3G licences to its three mobile network operators – state-owned Mobilis, Orascom Telecom-owned Djezzy and Wataniya’s Nedjma – recent media reports have suggested that Algeria’s government may bypass 3G licensing and opt for the development of 4G mobile services instead. In July 2010, Algerian daily newspaper El Khabar wrote that the government planned to hold a 4G licence tender in 2011. The issuance of 4G licences would help to revitalise Algeria’s mobile sector, whose growth has slowed significantly in recent months.

Q410 sees the introduction of new terminology to describe the different categories surveyed within BMI’s Telecoms Business Environment Ratings. BMI undertook this change in order to standardise the Business Environment Ratings across different industry sectors. Q410 sees only some slight changes to our business environment ratings for the four North African markets, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. All four North African countries continue to sit in the lower half of our table.

Source : BMI

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Posted January 12, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

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