Fibre-based services are booming in the MENA region. Fibre-based services are booming in the MENA region.

In the MENA region, fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-business subscriptions have more than doubled in the last two years, from less than 500,000 to around 1.4 million.

However, there are serious discrepancies between the Big Three (UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia), which account for 96% of all subscriptions as of 2012, and the rest, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

“Making the case for FTTH deployment requires consideration of demand, supply and competitive dynamics,” said Kerem Arsal, senior analyst at Pyramid Research. "Countries with strong FTTH uptake and potential are those where existing fixed access traditions exist and where there is active competition in infrastructure provision. These two differences clearly explain the poor status of North African countries in terms of FTTH deployments", he added.