Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


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Executive summaryTunisia has developed a diverse, market-oriented economy and is expected to see only a mild drop of GDP growth in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis, after which annual growth will return to pre-crisis levels of around 5 to 6%.As a result of heavy investments in the telecom sector since the mid-1990s, Tunisia has one of the most developed telecommunications infrastructures in Northern Africa and sports some of the continent's highest market penetration rates. The ICT sector grew by 18% and made up 10% of Tunisia's GDP in 2008, up from only 4% in 2001. The government has proclaimed a target of 13.5% of GDP for 2011.Offering a full range of services, Tunisie Telecom (TT) is the country's fixed-line incumbent. The company was partly privatised in 2006 when a 35% stake was sold to Dubai-based Tecom and DIG. It also operates a mobile network under the name Tunicell.The mobile sector has experienced exceptional growth since the introduction of a second GSM network in 2002, operated under the name Tunisiana by Egypt's Orascom and Kuwait's Wataniya.In a consortium with local satellite and wireless broadband operator Divona, France Telecom-owned Orange was licensed as the country's second fixed-line and third mobile operator in June 2009. The licence includes 3G mobile services, which the incumbent operators have so far only operated on a trial basis. This is expected to deliver a further boost to the Internet and broadband market which is already one of the most developed in the region.Competition between 11 ISPs, supported by a nationwide fibre optic backbone network and international access via submarine and terrestrial fibre has led to some of the lowest broadband prices in Africa. The government is encouraging and promoting Internet use but at the same time is keeping tight control by restricting access to certain websites. Laws supporting e-commerce and digital signatures have been passed, which has led to one of the most active e-government and e-commerce sectors in Africa.Key highlights:Market analysis 2010;Benchmarking with other countries in the region in terms of GDP, mobile, fixed and Internet market penetration;Davos World Economic Forum 2009 ranking;Profiles of major players in all market sectors;Second fixed-line and third mobile operator set to launch, including 3G;Analysis of fixed-line developments 2009;Planned Tunisiana IPO;New terabit international fibre to Italy;Terrestrial fibre plans to West Africa, Nigeria;ADSL and mobile data pricing trends 2008/09;E-money transaction growth 2008/09;Mobile ARPU trend 2003-2009;ADSL and mobile data pricing trends 2008-2009;Broadband revenue forecast 2014;E-money transaction growth 2008-2009.PC penetration, population versus households ' 1999 - 2009YearPenetrationPopulationHouseholds19992.0%2.2%20002.2%2.5%20012.6%3.0%20023.4%4.5%20034.1%5.7%20044.8%7.0%20055.7%7.2%20066.3%7.9%20077.5%9.6%20089.7%13%2009 (Jul)11%15% (e)For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Tunisia, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:One of Africa's most advanced telecoms and broadband markets;Key market performance indicators (KPIs) compared to other North African countries;The impact of the global economic crisis;Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;Telecoms operators ' privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;Internet censorship;One of Africa's most active e-government and e-commerce sectors;Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Tunisia's telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:Key statistics;Market and industry overviews;The impact of the global economic crisis;Regulatory environment and structural reform;Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);Infrastructure devel

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