By mid of 2018, there were 381 million unique subscribers across the Middle East and North Africa region, accounting for 64% of the population. Despite there is an average of annual subscriber growth of 4% over the last four years, the MENA region remains the second least penetrated region in the world.
GSMA Intelligence has launched ‘The Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2018′ highlights how mobile is driving growth and innovation across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Top Line Findings of the 2018 Mobile Economy in the Middle East and North Africa:
- Between 2017 and 2025, the MENA region will see the fastest subscriber growth rate of any region, except Sub-Saharan Africa, growing above the global average at a CAGR of 2.5% to reach 459 million.
- 69% of the population will be mobile subscribers, only slightly behind the global average of 71%.
- In 2017, mobile technologies and services generated 4% of GDP in the MENA region, a contribution that amounted to just under $165 billion of economic value added.
- The number of IoT connections across the MENA region will triple between 2017 and 2025, reaching 1.1 billion.
A Figure Shows the Mobile Subscriber Penetration in Mena by Country, Q2 2018
Content of “The Mobile Economy in the Middle East and North Africa” Report:
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
- Overall growth slowing but diverging trends across the region
- 4G adoption accelerating, with 5G on the horizon
- Growing adoption of smartphones and advanced services
- Financials: muted revenue outlook, while CapEx sees calm before the 5G storm
- MOBILE CONTRIBUTING TO ECONOMIC GROWTH
- The direct economic contribution of the mobile ecosystem
- Indirect and productivity impacts of mobile technology
- Employment and public funding contribution
- Five-year outlook
- ADVANCED MENA MARKETS AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION
- 5G use cases: opportunities in consumer and enterprise
- Scaling IoT 30
- Digital identity spurring growth in e-commerce
- REALISING THE POTENTIAL OF A DIGITAL SOCIETY
- Licensing reform 34
- Taxation 34
- Spectrum roadmap
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