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Iran: Lifting of International Sanctions and Operator Investments in 4G and FTTx to Drive Growth

Summary The telecommunication market in Iran generated $6.5bn in service revenue in 2015 and will grow at a CAGR of 0.4% during 2015-2020. Mobile data and fixed Internet will be the fastest-growing segments over the forecast period. To offset decline in voice services, operators are focusing on improving network infrastructure to increase broadband penetration in the country and exploring new revenue streams such as M2M/IoT. Following the lifting of international sanctions, operators and the government are increasing their investments in 3G, 4G and fiber network expansions. Key Findings The overall... 

Wireless Tower Market in Middle East and Africa: Increasing Mobile Data Demand and Reduction of Capex by MNOs to Provide Opportunities for TowerCos

Summary Growing mobile data demand, deployment of LTE technology along with 3G network expansion is increasing pressure on network operators’ existing wireless infrastructure, thereby creating the need for adding additional tower sites. Moreover, with saturated mature urban markets, MNOs are accelerating expansion into rural areas creating greater need for cell sites and providing opportunities for specialized tower companies. Key tower markets in Africa include Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, DRC, and Egypt. On the other hand, currently the Middle East tower market has witnessed limited activity. Key... 

Saudi Arabia: Operators Will Focus on Mobile Network Enhancements and Enterprises to Drive Growth

Summary The telecommunications market in Saudi Arabia generated US$18.8bn in service revenue in 2016, an increase over 2015. Mobile data will emerge as the largest revenue-contributing segment by 2020. Over the next five years, operators can benefit from the opportunities existing in offering enterprise services, VoIP and mobile data. Operators are investing in LTE, LTE-A and fiber to enable additional revenue streams including IoT, cloud services and M2M services. Key Findings – The overall telecom services revenue in Saudi Arabia grew over 2015-2016 and is expected to reach US$18.8bn in... 

Telecom Industry Business Outlook and Procurement Report May-October 2016

Summary Amid growing pricing pressure, cost containment, and rising competition within the telecom industry, companies are planning to increase their focus on business expansion in existing market, new product development, and improving operational efficiency. Mergers and acquisitions are expected to increase within the telecom industry with emerging markets such as China, India, and Mexico offering prominent growth opportunities. Additionally, global telecom industry business executives from large companies expect a surge in capital expenditure on IT infrastructure development and new product... 

Tunisia: 4G Services Launch and Increasing Fixed Broadband Penetration Will Drive Growth

Summary The telecommunications market in Tunisia is estimated to generate revenue of $1.4bn in 2016 and will grow at a CAGR of 2.1% over the 2015-2020 period, driven by the expansion of 4G by all operators as well as positive developments in the fixed broadband market. The mobile data segment will grow at a CAGR of 3.4% over the 2015-2020 period, whereas fixed Internet will register a CAGR of 6.9%. We expect mobile subscriptions in Tunisia to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% over 2015-2020, driven by new service portfolios, the introduction of 4G services in the country and the launch of MVNOs (like Lycamobile).... 

Japan: Operators Focus on Core Service Convergence; Diversify Revenue Through New Business Lines

Summary The telecommunications market in Japan generated $118.8bn (JPY 14,383.2bn) in service revenue in 2015. Telecom services revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.7% during 2015-2020, primarily driven by the growth in mobile data revenue. Mobile data will be the fastest-growing segment, registering a CAGR of 7.2% over 2015-2020, followed by pay-TV (2.2%). To offset the decline in traditional fixed and mobile voice and messaging revenue, operators are focusing on boosting the fixed broadband uptake through bundled offerings and mobile data via mobile broadband and data intensive mobile value-added... 

Big data and analytics: Telco strategies, investments and use cases

Summary As the volume of data being created has grown exponentially in the past decade new technologies have emerged and been embraced by organizations in all industry sectors for a number of use cases. The amount of data being generated in the telecoms sector is colossal and there is a clear opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to analyze this data themselves and also, subject to legal and regulatory conductions, to sell it to other organizations. Telecoms operators are embracing big data analytics (BDA) with enthusiasm, but while many report that BDA is fully operational and... 

Canada: Investment in broadband infrastructure to present new revenue streams to the operators.

Summary The telecommunication market in Canada generated US$42.4bn (CAD54.2bn) in service revenue in 2015, and will continue to grow in single low digits through 2020. Mobile data will be the fastest growing segment. To offset the decline in traditional fixed and mobile voice and messaging services, operators are focusing on increasing broadband penetration and leveraging high speed broadband networks to offer value added services such as mobile apps, internet browsing and multi-media services, and offering TV and Internet bundles. Operators are investing in LTE, LTE-A and fiber to enable additional... 

Puerto Rico: Amid Challenging Economic Conditions, MandA Activity Increases and Competition Intensifies

Summary Puerto Rico is one of the most developed telecom markets in Latin America, with service penetration rates above the regional average and technology adoption trends highly influenced by the mainland US market.  With a challenging economic context ahead, we expect the Puerto Rican telecom market will experience very moderate growth throughout the forecast period, mainly driven by the mobile and fixed data segments. We project that from 2015 to 2020, telecom and pay-TV service revenue will increase at a 1.7% CAGR, from $2.3bn in 2015 to $2.5bn in 2020. Key Findings The Puerto Rican telecom... 

Slovakia: LTE Service Take-Up, Broadband Rollout and Multiplay Services Will Support Revenue Growth

Summary In 2016, telecom service revenue in Slovakia will slightly decline compared with 2015, to $1.5bn (€1.4bn), equivalent to 1.8% of the country’s nominal GDP. After several years of revenue pressure, Pyramid Research expects revenue to return to growth from 2017 onward and to reach $1.8bn (€1.5bn) at the end of 2020. This result is consistent with a broader trend and outlook across Europe as regulatory pressure diminishes and operators start to monetize their next-generation network investments in a healthier price-competitive environment. Key Findings Pyramid Research expects service... 
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