CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 28 /PRNewswire/ --

Africa and the Middle East will lead the world in terms of the percentage of mobile broadband subscriptions through 2012, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

Emerging Opportunity: Boom Times Ahead for Mobile Broadband in Africa Middle East examines the use of mobile broadband as an Internet access technology for PCs, excluding the use of mobile networks for Web browsing on smartphones or other handsets. This 15-page report, part of Pyramid's new Africa/Middle East Telecom Insider report series, identifies the factors that affect future adoption of mobile broadband in markets across the region. It analyzes how operators have adapted their mobile broadband strategies to three key markets: South Africa, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. Download an excerpt of this report here:

Although Africa and the Middle East generated 10 percent of global mobile revenue in 2008, the region contributed only 3 percent of global mobile data revenue, notes Dearbhla McHenry, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. However, the region will double its share of global mobile data revenue by 2014 due to its growing popularity of mobile broadband in the region, in rich and poor markets alike. We expect mobile broadband adoption in Africa and the Middle East to grow faster than the global average over the next five years, with the subscriber total increasing at a CAGR of 33 percent to reach 32.2 million by 2014, she says.

Just as markets in Africa and the Middle East were starved for voice communications prior to the mobile era, so too were they starved for Internet access: Inadequate fixed infrastructure and insufficient competition in the fixed market meant that services were either unavailable, unaffordable, or both, explains McHenry. The launch of 3G services in much of the region means that its Internet market is now on the brink of a similar makeover as when the advent of mobile communications famously and dramatically transformed AME's voice telecommunications sector, she adds.

The region's great unmet demand for Internet access, combined with its generally inadequate fixed networks, means that from 2008 through 2012, Africa and the Middle East will lead the world in terms of the percentage of broadband subscriptions that are mobile. Mobile operators are eager to take advantage of this opportunity, routinely offering mobile broadband as their first or even their only 3G service following their 3G network rollouts, McHenry says.

Emerging Opportunity: Boom Times Ahead for Mobile Broadband in Africa Middle East is part of Pyramid Research's Africa/Middle East Telecom Insider report series. Telecom Insiders are packed with trend analysis, industry best practices, market sizing and forecasting, competitor analysis, and case studies, providing you information you can leverage to make better business decisions.

Download an excerpt of this report here:

Emerging Opportunity: Boom Times Ahead for Mobile Broadband in Africa Middle East is priced at US$595 and can be purchased online here: or by contacting Jeff Claudino via email at or telephone at +1-619-229-9940.

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