Country Focus

provides a compilation of essential facts, figures and    
   trends on telecommunications in individual countries. 

   The country focus enables easy access to key information on
   established and emerging markets.


  • Ireland telecoms market

    04 Sep 2012

    Having enjoyed impressive economic growth following its adoption of the Euro, which helped attract significant foreign investment due to its low corporation tax, Ireland’s economy was hit hard by the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • Azerbaijan telecoms market

    08 Aug 2012

    Having spent most of the 20th century under the rule of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan emerged in 1991 as a newly independent state and, despite an ongoing conflict with neighbouring Armenia, has since become one of the Caucasus’ most active telecoms markets.

  • Luxembourg telecoms market

    11 May 2012

    Having only established full independence in 1867, Luxembourg is one of western Europe’s youngest countries and its only remaining sovereign grand duchy. Its geographical position, as well as its previous status as a tax haven, has led this tiny nation to boast one of the highest standards of living in the world.

  • Croatia telecoms market

    17 Feb 2012

    Having fought, and won, a fierce war for independence in the latter years of the twentieth century, Croatia has spent a good proportion of the last 20 years developing its economic and legislative freedoms, with a fair degree of success.

  • Poland telecoms market

    11 Jan 2012

    Poland’s economy is the second largest in eastern Europe behind Russia, and it is blessed with fierce local demand for telecoms services as well as being strongly positioned to cater for growing international connectivity between Asia and Europe.

  • Germany telecoms market

    10 Oct 2011

    With an investment of over $5 billion in Germany’s spectrum auction last year, the message was made clear by the country’s operators – this market still has huge growth potential.

  • Finland

    16 Mar 2011

    With a population barely reaching 5.4 million, it may be a surprise to many that Finland is setting a European standard in the race to deploy LTE and achieve one of the highest penetration rates for mobile broadband in the world.

Middle East

  • Oman telecoms market

    06 Mar 2014

    The Sultanate of Oman is located in south west Asia at the entrance of the Persian Gulf. Like many Gulf countries, Oman has been focussing on reducing its economy's dependency on oil through diversification, industrialisation and privatisation.

  • Saudi Arabia telecoms market

    10 Jan 2013

    Saudi Arabia’s telecoms market is steadily growing, although the dominant position of the largely state-owned Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) continues to limit competition.

  • Qatar telecoms market

    01 Dec 2011

    With an addressable population just shy of one million, the Qatari telecoms industry is not one of the largest markets in the Middle East.

  • Iraq telecoms market

    15 Jan 2011

    Iraq has been a central player in the conflict that will shape the history of the past decade, receiving widespread international coverage in regards to its political structure, dictatorship, civilians and economy.


  • Djibouti telecoms market

    06 Sep 2013

    Djibouti is a small country in a strategically important location. On land, it shares its borders with Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. At sea, it is situated between the continents of Africa and Asia and at the crossroads of major shipping routes.

  • Tanzania telecoms market

    10 Nov 2012

    Tanzania is one of Africa’s most liberalised and competitive telecoms markets with significant potential for growth.

  • Nigeria telecoms market

    18 Jun 2012

    As one of the biggest and fastest growing telecoms markets in Africa, Nigeria already has a significant international presence in its domestic telecoms market and continues to attract the attention of foreign investors.

  • Egypt telecoms market

    05 Aug 2011

    “This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook. This revolution started in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content.”

  • South Africa telecoms market

    01 Apr 2011

    South Africa stands somewhere between a developing and highly developed telecoms market; it has a thriving mobile market with healthy competition, a 103.7% wireless penetration rate and trials of LTE which started last year.

Asia & Asia-Pacific

  • Pakistan telecoms market

    06 Nov 2013

    Pakistan is located at the crossroads of south Asia, central Asia, China and the Middle East. Bordering Afghanistan, China, India and Iran, as well as the Arabian Sea to the south, it represents the fulcrum of a regional market with a vast population, large and diverse resources, and untapped potential for trade.

  • New Zealand telecoms market

    08 Jul 2013

    Over the last few years, New Zealand has emerged as one of Oceania's most progressive telecommunications markets, ranking 20th in the world for its connectivity, according to the latest World Economic Forum.

  • Kazakhstan telecoms market

    21 Jun 2013

    The Kazakh telecoms market has experienced significant growth since its modernisation in 1995 and is enjoying a strong start to 2013.

  • Indonesia telecoms market

    15 Oct 2012

    Over the last decade, Indonesia’s telecoms market appears to have successfully navigated the country’s economic and social difficulties and is now on track for sustained growth.

  • Singapore telecoms market

    17 Nov 2011

    Singapore had a good recession. In 2009, the country’s economy was in much the same doldrums as the rest of the developed world. But at the beginning of 2010, its government felt confident enough to withdraw a raft of economic stimulus measures it had put in place a year previously to shield the country’s private and public sectors and preserve jobs.

  • Japan telecoms market

    13 May 2011

    In February 2011, it came to light that China had overtaken Japan as the world’s second largest economy behind the US.

  • Australia telecoms market

    15 Feb 2011

    Australia has a mature telecoms market with high internet penetration rates, a healthy mobile business and a strong incumbent in Telstra.

  • Bangladesh telecoms market

    15 Dec 2010

    Similar to India, Bangladesh has shown promising signs of economic growth and development in the last decade.


  • Dominican Republic telecoms market

    12 Mar 2014

    The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. It lies between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.

  • Mexico telecoms market

    11 May 2012

    Mexico is Latin America’s second largest economy, but one that is highly dependent on its neighbour north of the border.

  • Cuba telecoms market

    01 Mar 2012

    Close but no cigar.

  • Brazil telecoms market

    10 Sep 2011

    Along with Russia, India and China, Brazil’s economy continues to be one of the most closely monitored by the rest of the world.

  • Canada telecoms market

    13 May 2011

    Canada typifies many mature markets in its level of competition and in its plans to build fibre and roll out next-generation technologies.


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