Cellular Operators across 16 Arab Countries Served 442 Million Subscribers during H1 2023

31 Jan 2024

Arab Advisors Group released a 2-part telecommunication report which analyzes key performance indicators of cellular operators serving MENA. The 2-part report examines cellular markets on country and operator levels. We analyzed operators’ cellular subscriber bases, cellular market shares, prepaid/postpaid mixes, cellular revenues, ARPUs, EBITDA, net profits, total revenues, countries’ total cellular subscriber bases and their corresponding cellular penetration rates during 2022 and H1 2023.

The cellular markets in the MENA region are highly competitive, with the majority being served by at least three operators each. Market competitiveness is further magnified by the presence of mobile virtual network operators and mobile resellers in a number of Arab countries, in addition to their mobile network operators. Adding to the markets’ competitiveness levels, the majority of the cellular markets in MENA are heavily saturated with cellular penetration rates exceeding the 90% mark.

The reports A Scorecard of Key Performance Indicators of Cellular Operators in the Arab World – Part One and A Scorecard of Key Performance Indicators of Cellular Operators in the Arab World – Part Two, which were released to Arab Advisors Group’s Telecom Strategic Research subscribers in November 2023 and December 2023, respectively, answer the below questions:

• How competitive are cellular markets in MENA in terms of market shares and number of players?

• Which MENA country topped the list in terms of cellular penetration rates in 2022 and Q2 2023?

• What is the prepaid to postpaid mix among the region’s cellular operators during 2022 and Q2 2023?

• How did cellular subscriber bases change during 2022 and Q2 2023 in the MENA region?

• Which operators held the highest cellular subscriber bases? And which held the lowest?

• How did the cellular operators and groups perform in terms of generated cellular revenues, ARPU, EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Net Profit, and Net Profit Margin during H1 2023 and 2022?

“This report provides the analytical basis for evaluating and comparing different investments across MENA’s cellular markets. This report is part of the Arab Advisors Group’s series in this field over the span of twenty-three consecutive years. Arab Advisors Group is distinguished by being the sole entity that has followed the telecom markets in the region for this entire period.” Noted Hiba Rabadi, Arab Advisors Group’s Deputy General Manager. 

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The reports were released to Arab Advisors Group’s subscribers and can be purchased for a fee of US$ 5,000, each.

Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region produced over 5,800 reports on the Arab World’s communications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group’s ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).

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