Trends

5G in the Foreground in U.S. and Canada

Recent developments in the wireless market in North America have centered on cellular operators’ preparations for future 5G technology. As we discussed in a blog post last May, the main providers in the U.S. have been busying themselves with trials, while preparations are also being made over the border in Canada.

Things are now moving closer to the first pre-commercial launches; we’ll have a look at these below as part of a wider round-up of the region’s wireless sector.

Island Hopping: Disrupting the Status Quo in Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas

The Caribbean telecom sector has long been the stomping ground of Digicel Group and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC, now part of Liberty Latin America [LLA]). But recent years have seen fresh blood injected into a number of key markets in the region following an atypical wave of licensing activity.

Today we’re charting the respective progress of three new players: ALIV in the Bahamas, Ozone Wireless in Barbados, and Caricel in Jamaica.

Arabian Bytes: Broadband Access in the Middle East

The Middle East is a mixed bag when it comes to fixed broadband penetration.

Some countries have more than four out of five households subscribing to a high speed fixed or fixed-wireless service. But others lag far behind, with customers relying on cellular networks for their broadband access.

How President Mauricio Macri Changed Argentina’s Telecom Landscape

It’s all change in Argentina, where Telecom Argentina and Cablevision closed their high-profile merger on January 1, 2018. This deal marks the latest in a long line of notable telecom developments since Mauricio Macri was elected president in November 2015.

Asia’s Wireless Boom: 4.7 Billion Wireless Subscribers by 2022?

The Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than half of the world’s 7.7 billion wireless subscribers, but it remains a region of extremes. It’s home to some of the most advanced mobile markets as well as some of the least developed. While one country boasts the largest 4G LTE market on the planet, others have yet to offer licenses for LTE services.

Changing Faces: An Overview of Europe’s Broadband Sector

The market for fixed broadband internet access in Europe has changed course.

Wireless Market: Africa

Africa’s wireless story is one of extremes, opportunity, and playing catch up with surrounding regions.

Just look closer at our GlobalComms Database to get the full story. From growth in subscribers to evolving penetration rates, we see individual countries jump to the front of the pack in these measurements, while the African wireless market as a whole strains to compete with its neighbors.

How Millicom Overhauled its Operational Footprint and Took the Fight to Latin America

In May 1990, New York-based Millicom Incorporated won an experimental license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission covering Houston and Orlando, kickstarting a journey that saw the company position itself as one of the earliest pioneers of mass market mobile telephony.

North and South: Contrasts in Korea

As tensions on the Korean peninsula continue to mount, there is an increasing focus on the North Korean regime under Kim Jong-un.

The country has strict controls on communications, which have been criticized by human rights bodies such as Amnesty International.

Iraq and Roll: Telecoms in Kurdistan

The Iraqi region of Kurdistan recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence.

While the political machinations will continue for some time—with Iraq, Iran, and Turkey all having spoken out against the prospect of an independent Kurdish state—the vote has prompted us to take a closer look at the region’s telecoms markets.