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LTE Roll-out in the Middle East and North Africa: Status and Prospects

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Harmonised low-frequency spectrum, compelling and compatible LTE handsets, and tower-sharing agreements are all essential to encourage LTE growth throughout the MENA region.

LTE has been commercially deployed in four of the six Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, currently only as a mobile broadband-only service. A number of drivers and constraints will influence operators that are planning to launch LTE in the near future. The general lack of harmonised spectrum and poor device availability could make marketing LTE significantly more challenging than originally thought.

This Viewpoint provides:

  • an outline of current status of LTE roll-out in the GCC countries in the MENA region
  • an explanation of core industry issues that future operators and vendors will need to address
  • detailed analysis of the drivers and inhibitors that will influence future LTE roll-out in the region.
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