CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 10 --

Tunisia’s telecom market will be one of the fastest-growing markets in
the Africa/Middle East region with total telecom revenue estimated to grow at a
CAGR of 5.4 percent over the next five years, reaching US$2.2 billion in 2014,
according to a new report from Pyramid Research (, the telecom
research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

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Even though Tunisia’s mobile and fixed penetration were among the highest
in the region in 2008 (82.1 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively), the low
broadband penetration rate of 2.2 percent indicates there is still room for
growth, observes Sylwia Boguszewska, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of
the report.

To stimulate competition, the government launched a tender for a fixed-line
services license so as to promote broadband Internet access and prop up mobile
telephony services, Boguszewska says. The process of a tender for a
technology-neutral license for a mobile and fixed operator was started in May
2009, and a new player is expected to enter the market in 2010, she adds. This,
plus the sale of another stake in Tunisie Telecom, will have a positive effect
on market competitiveness and liberalization.

Although the market will contract in 2009, it will bounce back with broadband
being the fastest growing among other significant market segments, explains
Boguszewska. Broadband services will be a considerable source of growth over the
next five years, with a CAGR of 15.1 percent between 2009 and 2014, producing
estimated revenue of US$174 million in 2014, up from US$81 million in 2008. This
growth will over compensate for the decline in narrowband Internet services,
which will only generate revenue of US$4 million in 2014, concludes Boguszewska.

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