LTE mobile broadband services were available in twelve Arab countries by November 2016, according to a new report from the Arab Advisors Group. The report provides an analysis of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) services landscape in the Arab World.
The research revealed that during the period between mid-October 2015 and mid-November 2016, the number of operators providing LTE services has significantly increased in the Arab World. By mid-November 2016, LTE was available in twelve countries in the Arab World, including all GCC countries, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia.
“In mid-October 2015, twenty cellular operators were offering mobile broadband services over LTE technology, whereas in mid-November 2016, there were thirty operators commercially offering the service to their customers in twelve Arab countries" Hiba Al Atiyat, Arab Advisors senior research analyst wrote in the report.
“In addition to the 30 operators providing LTE mobile broadband services in the Arab World, the three Egyptian cellular operators were granted the approval to commercially launch LTE mobile broadband services in the country by October 2016. However, the three operators had not commercially launched the LTE mobile broadband service by mid-November 2016” she added.