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The main backers of the UAE’s two telecoms operators are public entities, with the federal government being the main public shareholder of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) and owning a large stake in its rival operator, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), alongside the emirate-level governments of Abu...

 

Like the UAE as a whole, Dubai has one of the most advanced telecoms and IT markets in the Middle East, boasting high levels of smartphone and internet penetration, fast mobile internet speeds and a rapidly growing start-up scene. While prices in the sector – and the fixed-line market in particular – are relatively high, both the fixed-line...

 

A leading centre for entrepreneurship in the MENA region, the UAE counted 940 start-ups as of late August 2017, according to Magnitt, a Middle Eastern start-up support service provider and directory. The largest subsegment of this was e-commerce, with 135 listed start-ups. This figure is by far the highest of any country in the Middle East and...

 

With 4G connections now well established throughout much of the world, international telecoms players are now working towards the launch of 5G, the next generation of mobile data networks. Notable progress towards this was made in March 2017, when the Third Generation Partnership Project – a group of seven telecoms development organisations...

 

Change is on the horizon for the Ghanaian telecoms industry. Consolidation in a fragmented market could improve the competitive environment and help strengthen operator margins. It could also provide a boost to a sector which, like many in sub-Saharan Africa, is looking beyond the saturated voice market to raising data penetration and usage...

 

While Ghana fares relatively well in terms of basic telecoms indicators, private operators and public bodies are working to improve and expand coverage. However, the challenges involved in rolling out infrastructure for mobile networks are considerable, and range from difficulties in obtaining planning rights to high maintenance costs.