Mobile Broadband Trends in Africa and Middle East

Mobile Broadband Trends in Africa and Middle East' a new Telecom Insider Report by GlobalData, provides an executive-level overview of the mobile broadband market in Africa & Middle East. It delivers quantitative and qualitative insights into the mobile market, analyzing key trends in the region.

Mobile user penetration reached 61.9% in 2020, and it will reach 74.1% by the end 2025 supported by mobile coverage expansion in under-penetrated countries.

Mobile subscriptions in AME will reach 1.53 billion by 2020. Smartphone subscriptions will continue to drive growth, adding 656.6 million subscriptions over 2020-2025.

It provides an in-depth analysis of the following –

– Section 1: Africa & Middle East in the global context; this section provides a comparison of Africa & Middle Eastern mobile telecom market size and trends with other regions.

– Section 2: Competitive dynamics; this section provides competitive analysis of various MNOs and MVNOs in Africa & Middle East's mobile market.

– Section 3: Mobile broadband subscription trends in Africa & Middle East; it provides analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of mobile subscriptions, users, and penetration along with device and traffic trends.

– Section 4: Mobile broadband revenue trends in Africa & Middle East; this section examines changes in the breakdown of overall revenue and ARPU over 2018-2023.

– Section 5: Key findings; a summary of key findings for Africa & Middle East mobile broadband market.


– Mobile data services revenue will account for 63.1% of total mobile service revenue by 2025 up from 49.4% in 2020 as mobile video consumption and network capacity (4G) increases.

– 4G LTE subscriptions reached 424.4 million in 2020 and will expand to 1.05 billion in 2025.

– 5G subscriptions will reach 117.1 million by 2025, with the launch of 5G across most of the MENA region.

Reasons to buy

– This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination through forward-looking analysis of Africa & Middle East's mobile telecommunications markets trends in a concise format to help executives build proactive and profitable growth strategies.

– Accompanying GlobalData’s Forecast products, the report examines the assumptions and drivers behind ongoing and upcoming trends in Africa & Middle East's mobile communications markets.

– With more than 20 charts and tables, the report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality.

– The broad perspective of the report coupled with comprehensive, actionable detail will help operators, equipment vendors and other telecom industry players succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in Africa & Middle East.

Companies mentioned







CamTel Cameroon




Ethiopia Telecom

Etisalat Moov

Etisalat UAE



FRiENDi mobile

Globacom Benin (Glo Mobile)






Mena Telecom




Oman Future Telecommunications


Orange Rwanda

Origines (2s Mobile)



Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

Sirius Telecoms Afrique


Software AG


Telecel Mali

Telecom Egypt

Telecom Gabon

Teleology Nigeria


Turk Telekom




Viva Bahrain



Vodafone Egypt

Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone Turkey







Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of exhibits

AME’s mobile broadband markets

key takeaways

AME highlights

Section 1: AME in a global context

AME’s main facts


AME’s demographics at a glance

AME in a global context

Section 2: Competitive dynamics

Competitive dynamics in AME

AME’s main competitive market trends

Competitive dynamics in AME

Section 3: Mobile broadband subscription trends

Mobile user trends in AME

Mobile technology trends in AME

5G Innovators

Mobile device trends in AME

M2M/IoT trends in AME

Mobile traffic trends in AME

Section 4: Mobile broadband revenue trends

Mobile average revenue per user (ARPU) trends in AME

Mobile revenue trends in AME

Section 5: Key findings and recommendations

Key findings and recommendations


Acronyms and definitions

Companies mentioned

Related research

Contact information

List of Figures

List of Figures

Population, 2020 2025 (millions)

Nominal GDP, 2020 2025 (US$ trillion)

Real GDP growth, 2014 2020

User penetration, 2020 (% of population)

Subscription penetration, 2020 (% of population)

Prepaid subscriptions as a % of total subscriptions

Monthly ARPU, 2020 (US$)

Data as a share of total ARPU, 2020 (% of ARPU)

Monthly voice MOU, 2020 (minutes/month)

Major competitive changes, 2016 2020

MVNO subscriptions and share of total mobile subscriptions in AME, 2019 2025

Top five markets in terms of MVNO market share in AME, 2020

Mobile user penetration vs. PPP adjusted GDP per capita, 2020

Unique mobile users, AME, 2020 2025 (billions)

Mobile subscriptions and penetration in AME, 2020 2025

Mobile subscriptions by technology generation, 2020 2025

Top five markets in terms of 5G subscriptions as a % of total subscriptions, 2025

Mobile subscriptions by device type, 2020 2025 (millions)

Net additions by device type, 2020 VS. 2025 (millions)

Mobile handset subscriptions by type, 2020 2025 (millions)

Oreedoo’s smartphone bundles, 2020

M2M/IoT subscriptions and revenue, 2020 2025

Examples of solutions offered by telcos

Total mobile data traffic, 2020 vs . 2025 (

Mobile ARPU in AME (USD), 2020 vs. 2025

Cost of 1GB of data as % of the total monthly PPP adjusted GDP per capita, 2020 (USD)

Mobile service revenue by device type, 2020 vs. 2025

Fastest growing markets in terms of mobile service revenue; CAGR 2020 2025


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