According to a new research report by Nokia, the Middle East is much further ahead in terms of 5G adoption than Africa, where many operators are still developing their 4G business models. The Nokia MEA Mobile Broadband Index provides a comprehensive overview of the mobile broadband landscape in the MEA region, highlighting the steady growth of 5G and its impact on digital transformation.
The report confirms that many parts of the region still rely on 2G and 3G networks for voice traffic. However, 5G is expected to increase steadily and contribute to the growth of the mobile broadband subscriber base, which is forecast to grow with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6% in MEA.
The Nokia report highlights the difference in 5G adoption rates between the Middle East and Africa, with the former being far ahead. This gap is likely due to factors such as infrastructure investment and government support. However, the report suggests that Africa has the potential for rapid growth in 5G adoption, driven by factors such as increasing demand for mobile data and expanding smartphone ownership.