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Region in Focus: Middle East and North Africa, Q3 2019

5G debuts as transition to 4G continues apace

This edition of Region in Focus explores how 2019 is year zero for 5G in MENA, with 12 operators in five GCC countries launching commercial 5G services during the year. The report examines the increases in capex intensity in the MENA region, exploring how 4G and 5G investment are driving growth. The report also explains the mixed picture in terms of revenues, with operators in several countries reporting strong organic growth (underpinned by increasing data usage), while for other countries growth remains in negative territory.

Market analysis is provided for Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and UAE. Meanwhile, this edition’s two topic deep dives focus on the state of 5G in the region and the evolving tech startup ecosystem.

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