Foreign Investors Have the Highest Share of Revenues in the Telecom Markets of Jordan, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
The Arab Advisors Group analyzed the ownership structure and revenues of all fixed PSTN line and cellular operators in sixteen Arab countries. The analysis aimed at examining the “actual” level of privatization and state ownership in each country measured by the proportionate share of each operator of total market revenues. The analysis also revealed that the Palestinian market is the most privatized market.
The Arab Advisors Group has analyzed the ownership structure and revenues of all fixed line and cellular operators in the region. This was intended to shed a light on the actual level of privatization and state ownership in each country measured by the proportionate share of total revenues for the first nine months of 2008.
A new report, “Privatization Levels in Arab Fixed and Cellular Operators” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on January 19, 2009. This report provides a detailed analysis of the ownership structures and revenues and the level of privatization by revenues of all the cellular and main fixed operators in the countries covered. Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the reports Table of Contents.
“Lebanon and Libya have the least privatized telecom markets, with 100% government share (ownership) of PSTN and cellular telecom revenues. The public sector in Kuwait had the highest share of the PSTN and cellular revenues amongst all examined public sectors. In terms of local private sector revenue share, Palestine and Kuwait had the highest shares. Finally, in terms of foreign ownership proportionate share of revenues, Jordan had the highest share of 75% of proportionate PSTN and cellular revenues, followed by Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.” Ms. Hadeel Sakkijha, Arab Advisors Sr. Analyst commented.