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
This Viewpoint provides:
- an outline of current status of LTE roll-out in the GCC countries in the
- 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.