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This report sets out the key trends that Ovum expects to see in the telecoms market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2018 and beyond, and which are relevant to vendors, service providers, and market watchers that are active or interested in the region.


  • The trends to watch in the MEA region in 2018 are centered on digital strategies and services.

Features and Benefits

  • The report identifies three key trends that Ovum expects to see in the MEA region in 2018.
  • The report makes recommendations for service providers and vendors.

Key questions answered

  • What will the key trends in the MEA market be in 2018?
  • What should service providers and vendors do to prepare for the developments that are expected in the region in 2018?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for vendors

MEA data connectivity will power ahead

  • Mobile broadband to drive regional data access
  • Fixed broadband penetration is low but rising

Digital strategies come to the fore

  • MEA operators are looking to digital for growth
  • Tech sector investment on the rise

IoT is ready for take-off

  • MEA M2M connections to triple by 2022
  • Smart city projects offer IoT opportunity


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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