Broadband to grow at 25 percent in many Middle East markets

Wireless subscriber base in the South Asia and Middle East telecom market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9 percent in the next seven years which will fuel the growth in the wireless infrastructure segment, according to Frost & Sullivan.


Service providers will increasingly focus on quality of service and providing attractive value added services to ensure competitive differentiation.


The BTS installations in the region are expected to grow at more than three times the CAGR of tower installations (4.7 per cent) implying increased infrastructure sharing.


Broadband with the potential to impact and accelerate economic growth has gained much traction with increased government focus.


Rolling out of next generation network coupled with smart devices and consumer pull, has laid down the roadmap for robust increase in broadband connectivity.


While the broadband subscriptions in emerging economies like India and Bangladesh are expected to grow at a CAGR close to 60 per cent, the developed Middle Eastern countries of Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to grow at a modest CAGR close to 25 per cent.


The broadband market is expected to grow with the use of next-generation networks, increased need for converged devices by end consumers, and accelerated adoption of smartphones.


The South Asia and Middle East telecom market has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years. The mobile subscriber base in this region constitutes approximately 1/6th of the world population.


The increasing subscriber base has impacted growth of the infrastructure segment as well. However, increasing expenditures, coupled with decreasing returns from the users, has expedited the emergence of new business models and ushered in an era of passive infrastructure sharing i.e. sharing of non electric components like the towers, masts, etc. Also, the focus of operators is expected to shift from voice services to data.

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