OBG’s coverage of the telecoms sector looks at market structure, regulatory framework, government goals, foreign participation and the roll-out of new technologies. Our ICT analysis reviews hardware and software markets, corporate spending, national bandwidth and government support.
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Côte d’Ivoire is an economic powerhouse in West Africa, posting average growth of 8% between 2011 and 2018. However, the rate of GDP growth in real terms fell to 6.7% in 2019 and is expected to contract to 2.7% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread shutdowns. Looking to the future, the IMF expects growth to rebound to 8.7% in 2021, highlighting the country’s economic resilience. 

Several GCC states have begun to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions as governments in the region look to get their economies moving again after weeks of strict stay-at-home measures.


Saudi Arabia introduced key changes in recent years related to ICT, including the creation of new oversight authorities and regulatory frameworks. These reforms are expected to help further develop and support growth in the sector as the country shifts towards a knowledge-based economy. As a sign of the importance that the Kingdom places on...


Cybersecurity is a priority for Saudi Arabia, a country that is making significant investment in boosting its capacity and is rapidly advancing as a global leader in the space. The Kingdom was the top-ranked Arab country in the International Telecommunication Union’s 2018 global cybersecurity index, and ranked 13th overall out of 175 countries...


Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – the Kingdom’s longterm economic development and diversification programme – is seeking a digital transformation across society, government and the economy. The ICT sector is at the forefront of this change, and is poised to be a key element of diversifying the economy towards non-oil growth. In the last few years...


What is being done to ensure that Saudi Arabia’s ICT sector remains competitive?

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