List of mobile network operators of the Middle East and Africa

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Algeria[edit]

In November 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 95% over a population estimate of 39.9 million.[1]

The country's telecom regulator is ARPT.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Djezzy GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+
16.49 (Nov 2011)[citation needed] Global Telecom Holding (51.7%)[2]
2 Mobilis GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+
14[3] (Sep 2014) Algérie Télécom
3 Ooredoo
(formerly Nedjma)
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+
9.933[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo (74.4%)

Angola[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 63.7% over a population estimate of 13.3 million.[5]

The regulator is Instituto Angolano das Comunicações (INACOM)[6]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Unitel GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
2100 MHz LTE
7 (nov 2011)[7] Mercury (Sonangol group) (25%), Group GENI[disambiguation needed] (25%),
Vidatel (25%), Portugal Telecom (25%)[8]
2 Movicel GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
900 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
2.5 (sept 2010)[8] Government (Angola Telecom (18%), Correios Telegrafos de Angola (2%)),
Porturil (40%), Modus Comicare (19%), Ipang (10%), Lambda (6%)

Bahrain[edit]

At the end of 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 133% over a population estimate of 1.27 million.[9]

The regulator is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain ([10]).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Batelco GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
0.738[11] (Dec 2011) Bahrain Telecommunications Company (100%)
2 Zain
(formerly MTC-Vodafone)
GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
WiMAX
0.787 (Sep 2014)[12] Zain Group (56.25%)
3 Viva GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
Not Yet Available STC (100%)

Benin[edit]

In December 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 85%.[13]
The regulator is Autorité Transitoire de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (ATRPT)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900/1800 MHz 3.455[14] (Sep 2014) MTN (75%)
2 Moov GSM-900 MHz
UMTS, DC-HSPA+
2.406 (Dec 2011) Etisalat
3 Glo GSM-900/1800 MHz 1.627 (Dec 2011) Globacom
4 BBcom GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.978 (Dec 2011) Bell Benin Communications
5 Libercom GSM-900 MHz 0.267 (Dec 2011) Benin Telecom

Botswana[edit]

In September 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 118.8% over a population estimate of 2 million.[15]
The regulator is Botswana Telecommunication Authority (BTA). All GSM operators provide EDGE and GPRS (as part of GSM norm).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MASCOM GSM-900
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.509 (Q3 2011) Mascom Wireless (Pty) Limited, MTN (53%)
2 Orange GSM-900
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.988 (Q3 2011) Orange S.A. (69%), Mosokelatsebeng Cellular (local investors, 26%), local individuals (5%)
3 Be Mobile GSM-900/1800
UMTS
0.491 (Q3 2011) BTC Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (100%)

Burkina Faso[edit]

In December 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 36% over a population estimate of 16.7 million.[16]
The regulator is Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques (ARCE).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Telmob (Onatel) CDMA2000, EVDO
GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
3.9 [17] (Dec 2012) Maroc Telecom (51%)
2 Airtel GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
4.1 (dec 12) Bharti Airtel (100%)
3 Telecel Faso GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 2 (dec 12) Planor Afrique

Burundi[edit]

In 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 20% over a population estimate of 8 million.[18]

The regulator is Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Leo
(formerly U-Com)
CDMA
GSM-900 MHz
1.227[19] (Mar 2012) Telecel Globe 100% (Orascom Telecom, Vimpelcom)
2 Tempo
(formerly Safaris/Africell)
GSM-900 MHz 0.070[20] VTEL Holdings
3 ONAMOB GSM-900 MHz 0.140 (Nov 2008)[citation needed] Onatel (state owned)
4 Econet
(formerly Spacetel)
GSM-900/1800 MHz
2100 MHz UMTS
0.0007 (2007)[citation needed] Econet Wireless
5 Smart Mobile
(formerly Lacell)
GSM-1800 MHz
UMTS
Not Yet Available Smart Telecom

Cameroon[edit]

In July 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 43% over a population estimate of 19.7 million.[21]
The regulator is Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 MHz 11.223 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN Group (70%)
2 Orange GSM-900 MHz 3.939 (June 2011)[citation needed] Orange S.A.
3 Nexttel GSM-900/1800 MHz
UMTS
Not yet available Viettel Global, Bestinver Cameroon S.A.R.L
4 YooMee WiMAX Not yet available YooMee

Cape Verde[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 87.5% over a population estimate of 0.5 million.[22]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 CV Móvel GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.355[23] (Sept 2009) Portugal Telecom (40%)
2 T-MAIS GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.047[24] (Q1 2010) T-Mais

Central African Republic[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 17.2% over a population estimate of 4.9 million.[25]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Telecel Centrafrique GSM-900 0.143[26] (December 2008) Orascom Telecom
2 Orange GSM-1800 (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
0.189[27] (Dec 2009) Orange S.A.
3 Nationlink GSM-900 0.158[28] (end 2008) Bintel
4 Moov GSM Not Yet Available Etisalat

Chad[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 24.3% over a population estimate of 10.7 million.[29]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Tigo GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 1.257[30] (Oct 2010) MIC (100%)
2 Airtel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1.199 (June 2009) Bharti Airtel (100%)

Comoros[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 20.8% over a population estimate of 0.8 million.[31]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Comores Telecom (Comtel) GSM-900 0.056 (2007)[32] government (Societe Nationale des Telecommunications)
2 Comoro Gulf Holding GSM - 90% Comoro Gulf Holding, 10% government

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 14.74% over a population estimate of 71.7 million.[33]

The country's telcom regulator is Agence de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo.[34]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Vodacom GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
WiMAX
10.008[35] (Mar 2014) Vodacom (51%), Congolese Wireless Network (49%)
2 Africell GSM
UMTS
5.5 (Dec 2014) Africell Holding[36]
3 Airtel GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
5.0[37] (Aug, 2012) Bharti Airtel (98.5%)
4 Tigo GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
2.3[30] (Sep, 2010) MIC (100%)
5 Orange GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
2.3[38] (Nov, 2012) Orange S.A. (100%)
6 Supercell GSM-900 0.028 (covers Kivu only) [39]
7 SemaTel GSM not started Hits Telecom[40] (60%)
8 U-Com CDMA not started Global Vision Telecom (Telecel International)[41]

Djibouti[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 14.88% over a population estimate of 0.75 million.[42]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Evatis GSM-900 MHz
UMTS, HSPA
0.106 (Q1 2010)[citation needed] Djibouti Telecom 100% (government)

Egypt[edit]

Egypt had 96.89 million mobile users as of July 2013, government figures showed. Egypt is the largest market in Africa of the total mobile subscriber market.[43]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Vodafone GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
39.404[44] (Sep 2014) Vodafone (54.9%), Telecom Egypt (44.70%), Free Float (0.20%)
2 Mobinil GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
33.53[45] (July 2013) Orange S.A. (93.92%), Orascom Telecom (5%), Free Float (1.08%)
3 Etisalat GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
22.4[45] (July 2013) Etisalat (76%), Egypt Post (20%), Other Investors (4%)

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 74% over a population estimate of 0.6 million.[46]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Orange GSM-900 MHz 0.333[27] (Dec 2009) Orange S.A. (40%)
2 MUNI GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.150 (September 2013)[citation needed] GREEN COM S.A.

Eritrea[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 3.4% over a population estimate of 5.9 million.[47]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Eritel GSM-900 MHz (GRPS) Not Yet Available Eritrea Telecommunications Services Corporation

Ethiopia[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 4.6% over a population estimate of 90.8 million.[48]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Ethiotelecom GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+
26.2[49] Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation

Gabon[edit]

In October 2009 the penetration rate was estimated at almost 100%.[50]

The country's telcom regulator is ARTEL.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Airtel
(formerly Celtel, Zain)
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
0.836 (June 2009) Bharti Airtel (90%)
2 Libertis GSM-900 MHz 0.513 (Dec 2009)[citation needed] Maroc Telecom (51%),
Gabonese government (49%)
3 Moov GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 0.140[51] (September 2008) Etisalat
4 Azur GSM-900 MHz Not Yet Available Bintel Saudi Binladin Group (60%)

Gambia[edit]

In 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 85.53% over a population estimate of 1.77 million.

The regulator is Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority[52]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Africell GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1.30 (Jan 2015)[citation needed] Africell Gambia LTD
2 Comium GSM-900/1800 (GPRS) 0.25 (2012)[citation needed] Comium Group
3 Gamcel GSM-900 0.24 (2012)[citation needed] Gambia Telecommunications Cellular Company Ltd
4 Qcell GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.115 (2012)[citation needed] Qcell

Ghana[edit]

In December 2013 the penetration rate was estimated at 110% over a population estimate of 25.4 million.[53]
The Telecommunication regulator is National Communication Authority.[54]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
12.929 [53] (Dec 2013) MTN (97.7%)
2 Vodafone GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
6.753[44] (Sep 2014) Vodafone (70%)
3 Tigo GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
4.021 [53] (Dec 2013) MIC (100%)
4 Airtel
(formerly Zain)
GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
3.395 [53](Dec 2013) Bharti Airtel (75%)
5 Glo GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.498 [53] (Dec 2013) Globacom (100%)
6 Expresso Telecom CDMA2000 1X 0.134 [53](Dec 2013) Sudatel (100%)

Guinea[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 30.86% over a population estimate of 10.6 million.[55]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN
(formerly Areeba)
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
WiMAX
2.890 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN (75%)
2 Orange GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.684[27] (Dec 2009) Orange S.A. (52.2%)
3 Sotelgui Guinea GSM-900 MHz 0.16[citation needed] Telekom Malaysia
4 Intercell GSM-900 MHz Not Yet Available Telecel Guinee SARL
5 Cellcom GSM-900/1800 MHz
2100 MHz UMTS
Not Yet Available Cellcom

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 41.87% over a population estimate of 1.6 million.[56]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900/1800 0.575 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN Group
2 Orange GSM-900/1800 0.300 (Dec 2011)[27] Orange S.A. (52.2%)
3 Guinetel GSM-900 0.029 (Dec 2011)[citation needed] Guinetel

Iran[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 91.9% over a population estimate of 78 million.[57]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Hamrah-e-Avval (MCI) GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+ (Beta 3G service)
34[58] (Q3 2010) Telecommunication Company of Iran
2 MTN Irancell GSM 900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE (Available in 40 cities)
WiMAX (available in 7 provinces)
43.533 (Sep 2014)[14] Iran Electronic Development Company (51%)
MTN Group (49%)
3 RighTel GSM 900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE (Partially)
3.7(March 2015)[59] Social Security Investment Company
4 Taliya GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 0.7[citation needed] Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (TCI's BOT)
5 Mobin Net GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
WiMAX
0.04[citation needed] Mobile Telecommunications Company of Esfahan
6 Kish Free Zone GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 0.006[citation needed] Kish Free Zone Organization
7 IR70 GSM-900 MHz (GPRS) 0.006 Telecommunication Company of Iran

Iraq[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 74.2% over a population estimate of 30.4 million.[60]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Zain GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE,3G) 13.298[12] (Sep 2014) Zain Group (71.67%)
2 Asia Cell GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 11.644[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo (30%)
3 Korek GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, High-Speed Packet Access|HSPA) Not Yet Available Korek Telecom Ltd.
3 Omnnea CDMA Not Yet Available Omnnea
4 SanaTel GSM-900 MHz Not Yet Available SanaTel

Israel[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 131.8% over a population estimate of 7.47 million.[61]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
Mobile Network Operators
1 Cellcom GSM-1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
850/2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA
1800 MHz LTE
3.1[62] (September 2013) DIC (78.5%), GS (5%), BLL (5%), Migdal (4%), Fibi (2%)
2 Orange GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
2.9[62] (September 2013) free float (45%)
3 Pelephone 800 MHz CdmaOne, CDMA2000 EV-DO
850/2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
2.7[62] (September 2013) Bezeq
4 Golan Telecom 2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+,LTE 0.7 [63] (March 2015) Private Investors and Iliad SA
5 Hot Mobile
(formerly Mirs)
800 MHz iDEN
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
0.32 [62] (September 2013) Altice \ Cool Holdings (HOT)
Mobile Virtual Network Operators
6 Rami Levy Communication
(using Pelephone)
UMTS, HSPA Not Yet Available Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing (100%)
7 Home Cellular
(using Cellcom)
GSM
UMTS, HSPA
Not Yet Available Home Center (Fishman Reshatot)
8 YouPhone
(using Orange)
GSM
UMTS, HSPA
Not Yet Available Alon Cellular (Alon Holdings - Blue Square group)

Ivory Coast[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 68.5% over a population estimate of 21.5 million.[64]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
7.723 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN (64.7%), Planor (25.3%), Teylium group (10%)
2 Orange GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
3.817 (Dec 2009)[27] Orange S.A. (85%), Comafrique (15%)
3 Moov GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
2.538 (Q1 2010)[24] Etisalat (100%)
4 Koz GSM-900/1800 2.500 (April 2010)[65] Comium
5 GreenN GSM-900/1800 0.617 (Q1 2010)[citation needed] LAP
6 Warid GSM Not Yet Available Warid Telecom
7 Mobile Cafe GSM Not Yet Available Aircomm
8 YooMee TD-LTE Not Yet Available YooMee

Jordan[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 101.8% over a population estimate of 6.5 million.[66]
Regulator is Telecommunications Regulatory Commission[67]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Zain GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
3.997[12] (Sep 2014) Zain Group (96.52%)
2 Orange GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.939[27] (Dec 2009) Orange S.A.
3 Umniah GSM-1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
2.7[68] (Dec 2013) Batelco
4 XPress iDEN Ceased trading in 2010 Private shareholders

Kenya[edit]

The country has 31.1 million subscribers in total, or a 76.9% penetration rate.[69] (September 2013)

The regulator is Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK)[70]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Safaricom GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
WiMAX
20.8[69] (Sep 2013) Vodafone (40%), Public Float (60%)
2 Airtel
(formerly Zain)
GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
5.5[69] (Sep 2013) Bharti Airtel (80%)
3 Orange GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
2.2[69] (Sep 2013) Telkom Kenya (Orange S.A.)
4 Yu (Essar Telecom Kenya) GSM-900/1800 2.8[69] (Sep 2013) Essar Group 80%

Kuwait[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 164.7% over a population estimate of 2.6 million.[71]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Zain GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
2.688 (Sep 2014)[12] Zain Group (100%)
2 Ooredoo
(formerly Wataniya)
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
2.327[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo (52.5%)
3 Viva GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
1.106[when?][citation needed] STC (26%)

Lebanon[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 65.9% over a population estimate of 4.1 million.[72]
The Lebanese telecom regulator is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Touch CDMA
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
2.125 (Sep 2014)[12] 100% government - management contract: Zain Group
2 Alfa CDMA
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
1.2M[73] (Sept 2011) 100% government - management contract: Orascom Telecom

Lesotho[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 45.77% over a population estimate of 1.9 million.[74]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Vodacom GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA
LTE
WiMAX
1.344[35] (Mar 2014) Sekha-Metsi Consortium (12%), Vodacom (88%)
2 Econet Ezi-Cel GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS HSDPA
Not Yet Available Econet Ezi Cel Lesotho (Pty)

Liberia[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 43.75% over a population estimate of 3.8 million.[75]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Lonestar Cell GSM-900 1.299 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN (60%)
2 Atlantic GSM Not Yet Available Hits Telecom (30%)
3 Cellcom GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
LTE
0.9[citation needed] Cellcom Telecommunications
4 Novafone
(formerly Comium)
GSM-900 (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
Not Yet Available Comium Services BVI

Libya[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 169.74% over a population estimate of 6.6 million.[76]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Al Madar GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 1.8[77] (February 2007) State-owned via GPTC
2 Free Libyana
(formerly Libyana)
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.5[77] (February 2007) State-owned via GPTC

Madagascar[edit]

In 2013 the penetration rate was estimated at 29% over a population estimate of 23 millions.[78]
Regulator is Office Malagasy d'Etude et de Regulation des Telecommunication (Omert)[79]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Airtel GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
2.56 (April 2013)[80] Bharti Airtel (100%)
2 Telma Mobile CdmaOne
GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA
1.98 (April 2013) Distacom Group, Telma SA
3 Orange GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE) 1.85 (April 2013) Orange S.A. (40.01%)

Malawi[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 19.32% over a population estimate of 15.9 million.[81]
Regulator is Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra)[82]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Airtel
(formerly Zain)
GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.600 (June 2009) Bharti Airtel (100%)
2 TNM GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
2 (July 2013) [83] Malawi Telecommunications Limited, Telekom Malaysia
3 G-Mobile GSM Globally Advanced Integrated Networks,[84] Beryl (South Africa)
4 Lacell GSM La Cell Private Limited[85]
5 G-Expresso GSM Expresso Telecom Group Limited[85]

Mali[edit]

The country had 7.6 million subscribers in total (in March 2011), or a 50% penetration rate.[86]
The country's telcom regulator is Comite de Regulation des Telecommunications (CRT)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Orange GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
5.0 (March 2011) Orange S.A. 52.2%
2 Sotelma-Malitel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
2.6[87] (March 2011) Maroc Telecom 51%, government 20%[88]
3 Planor GSM licenced in jan 2012 Planor (support of Monaco Telecom)

Mauritania[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 85.92% over a population estimate of 3.3 million.[89]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Mauritel GSM-900 MHz 1.335 (Dec 2009)[citation needed] Maroc Telecom (51.5%)
2 Chinguitel CDMA
UMTS
0.160[90] (May 2008) Sudatel (60%)
3 MATTEL GSM-900 MHz Not Yet Available Tunisie Telecom (51%), Mauritanian Investors (49%)

Mauritius[edit]

The country has 0.78 million subscribers in total, or a 60% penetration rate.[91] (September 2007)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Orange GSM-900 (EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
0.628[27] (Dec 2009) Mauritius Telecom group and Orange S.A.
2 Emtel GSM-900 (EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
0.437[92] (Dec 2009) MIC (50%), Currimjee
3 MTML CdmaOne, EvDo 0.008[citation needed] (March 2008) Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Limited (MTML)

Morocco[edit]

The country has 31.311 million subscribers in total, or a 113.57% penetration rate.[93] (December 2011)
The country's telcom regulator is ANRT.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 IAM GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
17.126 (dec 2011) Vivendi (53%), state of Morocco (30%)
2 Méditel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
12.035 (dec 2011) Orange S.A. (40%),
FinanceCom+CDG (60%)
3 Inwi GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
7.393 (dec 2011) Zain Group (31%)

Mozambique[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 27.19% over a population estimate of 22.95 million.[94]
The telecom regulator is: Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações de Moçambique[95]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 mcel GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
>5.3[96][when?] Partially state-owned
2 Vodacom GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
4.333[35] (Mar 2014) Vodacom (85%)
3 Movitel GSM 2[97] (May 2013) Viettel (70%), SPI (30%)[98]

Namibia[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 85.53% over a population estimate of 2.15 million.[99]

The country's telcom regulator is the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia created in 2009, replacing the former Namibian Communications Commission.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTC GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSUPA, HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
1.855[100] (Sept 2011) Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (66%)
Portugal Telecom (34%)
2 TN Mobile
(formerly Cell One, Leo)
GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.300 (Dec. 2010) Telecom Namibia Ltd. (100%)

Niger[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 20.63% over a population estimate of 16.5 million.
The regulator is Autorité de régulation multisectorielle (ARM).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Airtel GSM-900 1.341 (June 2009) Bharti Airtel (90%)
2 Sonitel GSM-900 2.5 (Q1 2012) Sahel-Com, Lap Green overtaken by government[101]
3 Orange GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.462[27] (Dec 2009) Orange S.A.
4 Moov GSM-900 Not Yet Available Etisalat

Nigeria[edit]

In September 2013 the penetration rate was estimated at 70% over a population estimate of 168.8 million.[102]
The Telecommunication regulator is National Communication Authority.[54]
The country's telcom regulator is Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
All GSM operators in Nigeria have GPRS and EDGE implemented (part of GSM specs). MTN Nigeria was the largest mobile operator in Africa by subscriber numbers in Q2 2012.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
57.2 [102] (Mar 2014) MTN (76%)
2 Airtel
(formerly Zain)
GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
25.5 [102] (Mar 2014) Bharti Airtel (65.7%)
3 Glo Mobile GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
23.4 [102] (Mar 2014) Globacom
4 Etisalat GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
18.7 [102] (Mar 2014) Etisalat, Mubadala, Nigerian Investors
5 Visafone CDMA2000 1X 2.0 [102] (Mar 2014) Visafone
6 Multilinks Telkom CDMA2000 1X 0.03 [102] (Mar 2014) Telkom (75%)

Oman[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 142.19% over a population estimate of 3 million.[103]
The telecom regulator is Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (OTRA)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Oman Mobile GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz FD-LTE, 2300 MHz TD-LTE
2.72[104] (Dec 2013) Omantel (99%)
2 Ooredoo
(formerly Nawras)
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
2.472[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo (55%)
2 Friendimobile GSM-900 MHz (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1.938 (Sept 2009)[citation needed]
2 Renna GSM-900 MHz (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1.938 (Sept 2009)[citation needed]

Pakistan[edit]

The telecom regulator is Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
3 Ufone GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz HSDPA, HSPA+
20[105] (Jan 2015) Pakistan teleCommunications mobile Ltd. (ufone)
1 Mobilink GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz HSDPA, HSPA+
38[106] (Jan 2015) Pakistan Mobile Communications Ltd. (VimpelCom Ltd)
2 Telenor
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz HSDPA, HSPA+
35[107] (Jan 2015) Telenor Pakistan (Telenor Group)
4 Warid GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
1800 MHz FDD
12.9[108] (Jan 2015) Warid Pakistan (Warid Telecom International)
3 Zong GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz HSDPA, HSPA+
1800 MHz FDD
25.6[109] (Jan 2015) CMPak (China Mobile)

Palestine[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 97.5% over a population estimate of 2.5 million.[110]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Jawwal GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 2[111] (Q1 2010) Paltel (100%)
2 Wataniya GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 0.679[4] (Q2 2014) Wataniya Telecom (57%)
Palestine Investment Fund (43%)

Qatar[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 322.52% over a population estimate of 0.8 million.[112]

The country's telcom regulator is ictQATAR.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Ooredoo
(formerly Qtel)
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
800/1800/2600 MHz LTE, LTE-A
2.996[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo
2 Vodafone GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
800/1800 MHz LTE
1.372[44] (Sep 2014) Vodafone (22.95%), Qatari Institutions (37.05%), Free Float (40%)

Republic of the Congo[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 84.8% over a population estimate of 4.2 million.[113]
The country's telcom regulator is "Direction Générale de l'Administration Centrale des Postes et Télécommunication" (DGACPT).[114] Therefore, the "Autorité de régulation des postes et des communications électroniques" has been created in December 2009.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 MHz 1.972 (Mar 2011)[14] MTN
2 Airtel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.391 (June 2009)[citation needed] Bharti Airtel (90%)
3 Warid GSM-900 MHz 0.327[citation needed] Warid Telecom, Essar Group (51%)
4 Azur GSM-900/1800 MHz 0.415 (nov 2013) Bintel

Réunion[edit]

This French oversees territory has ? million subscribers in total, or a 74.7% penetration rate.[115] (2008)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
 ? SRR GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
Not Yet Available SFR
 ? Orange GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
Not Yet Available Orange
 ? Outremer GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
Not Yet Available Outremer Telecom

Rwanda[edit]

In December 2013 the penetration rate was estimated at 63.5% over a population estimate of 11.4 million.[116]

The regulator is Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA).[117]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
3.56[118] (Dec 2013) MTN Group (55%), Tristar Investments (35%)
2 Tigo GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
2.18[118] (Dec 2013) MIC (87.5%)
3 Airtel GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
LTE
0.96[118] (Dec 2013) Bharti (100%)
- Rwandatel CdmaOne
GSM-900/1800
2100 MHz UMTS
[119] (license revoked Apr 2011) LAP Green Networks (80%)

São Tomé and Príncipe[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 57.94% over a population estimate of 0.18 million.[120]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 CST GSM-900 0.078[23] (Sept 2009) Portugal Telecom (51%)

Saudi Arabia[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 162.6% over a population estimate of 26.1 million.[121]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 STC GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz FD-LTE, 2300 MHz TD-LTE
19.914[58] (Q3 2010) 70% state owned and 30% private[citation needed]
2 Mobily GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz FD-LTE, 2600 MHz TD-LTE
15.06[58] (Q3 2010) Etisalat (25%)
3 Zain GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz FD-LTE
9.007[12] (Sep 2014) Zain Group (37%)
4 Bravo iDEN 0.196 (Sept2009)[citation needed] STC

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Senegal[edit]

At the end of June 2014 the penetration rate was estimated at 111,52%, over a population estimate of 12,87 millions.[122]

The country's telcom regulator is Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes (ARTP - former web site).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Orange GSM-900
2100 MHz UMTS
7.905[122] (30 June 2014) Sonatel, Orange S.A. (52.2%)
2 Tigo GSM-900
UMTS, HSPA+
3.558[122] (30 June 2014) MIC (100%)
3 Expresso CDMA
GSM-900/1800
UMTS
2.892[122] (30 June 2014) Sudatel

Seychelles[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 245% over a population estimate of 0.09 million.[123]

The country's telcom regulator is the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MITC).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Airtel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
Not Yet Available Bharti Airtel
2 Cable & Wireless GSM-900 MHz Not Yet Available Cable & Wireless

Sierra Leone[edit]

The country has 0.8 million subscribers in total, or a 13.23% penetration rate.[124] (2007)

The regulator is National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM).

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Africell GSM-900
UMTS
2.25[125] (feb 2014) Lintel Limited
2 Comium GSM-900/1800
WiMAX
0.650[126] (2009) Comium
3 Airtel GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.644[127] (Feb 2012) Bharti Airtel
4 GreenN GSM Not Yet Available Ambitel (LapGreen)
5 Sierratel CDMA Not Yet Available government (100%)

Somalia[edit]

As of 2009, dial up internet services in Somalia were among the fastest developing in the region, with an annual landline growth rate of over 12.5%. Internet via satellite also had a steady growth rate of 10% to 15% per year.[128]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Telcom GSM
2100 MHz UMTS
Note Yet Available Haatif Telecom Somalia
1 Somtel GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
Note Yet Available Dahabshiil
3 Nationlink GSM-900 Note Yet Available Bintel
4 Hormuud GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
Note Yet Available Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc
5 Netco GSM-900 Note Yet Available Somali Telecom Group
6 Golis Telecom Somalia GSM-900 Note Yet Available Golis Telecom Somalia

South Africa[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 99.6% over a population estimate of 49 million.[129]
By the end of July 2009 it was estimated that there were some 54.0 million mobile subscribers in South Africa, giving South Africa a 13 percent market share of the estimated 415.3 million mobile subscribers in Africa.[130]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Vodacom GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
WiMAX
31.520[35] (Mar 2014) Vodafone (65%)
2 MTN GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
21.224[14] (Sep 2014) MTN Group
3 Cell C GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
6.7[131] (June 2009) Oger Telecom
4 Telkom GSM-1800 (GPRS)
850 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.8[132] (March 2014) Telkom

South Sudan[edit]

The country has 1 million subscribers in total, or an 8% penetration rate.[133] The regulation is managed by National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) under a MoU between Northern and Southern Sudans.
The international dialing code for South-Sudan is 211.[134]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900/1800  MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.787[14] (Sep 2014) MTN Group
2 Zain GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
0.664[12] (Sep 2014) Zain Group
3 Sudani GSM (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
Not Yet Available Sudatel
4 Vivacell (NOW) GSM-900/1800  MHz Not Yet Available Fattouch Investment Group (75%), Wawat Securities (25%)[135]
5 Gemtel GSM-900/1800 MHz Not Yet Available Lap Green Networks (80%)

Sudan[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 42.3% over a population estimate of 45 million.[136]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Zain GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
11.095[12] (Sep 2014) Zain Group (100%)
2 MTN GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
8.474[14] (Sep 2014) MTN Group (85%)
3 Sudani CDMA
GSM-1800 MHz (GPRS)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
Not Yet Available Sudatel
4 Canar CdmaOne Not Yet Available Etisalat (82%)

Swaziland[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 49.55% over a population estimate of 1.37 million.[137]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
0.928 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN Group (30%)

Syria[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 46.6% over a population estimate of 22.5 million.[138]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN
(formerly Areeba)
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
5.676 (Sep 2014)[14] MTN Group (75%)
2 Syriatel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
7.1 [139] (Aug 2014) Syriatel

Tanzania[edit]

In September 2013 the penetration rate was estimated at 58.6% over a population estimate of 47.78 million.[140] The country's telcom regulator is TCRA.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Vodacom GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
11.316 (Sept 2014) Vodacom (82.2%)
2 Airtel
(formerly Zain)
GSM-900/1800 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
8.772 [140] (Sept 2013) Bharti Airtel (60%)
3 Tigo GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
6.217 [140] (Sept 2013) MIC (100%)
4 ZANTEL GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.798 [140] (Sept 2013) Etisalat (51%) and Zanzibar Telecom Ltd
5 TTCL Mobile CDMA 0.211 [140] (Sept 2013)
6 Benson Informatics CDMA 0.0005 [140] (Sept 2013)
7 Sasatel CDMA Not Yet Available Dovetel
8 MyCell CDMA Not Yet Available My Cell Company Ltd
9 Excellentcom GSM Not Yet Available Hits Telecom
10 Egotel (Lacell) UMTS Not Yet Available Bitmap (65%), J&AK Group (35%)
11 Smart Not Yet Available
12 SmileCom Not Yet Available

Togo[edit]

In December 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 42.6% over a population estimate of 6.8 million.[141]
The regulator of Togo is Autorité de Règlementation des secteurs de Postes et de Télécommunications (ART&P)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Togocel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.625 (4Q 2010)[citation needed] Togo Telecom (state owned)
2 Moov GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE) 0.826 (4Q 2010)[citation needed] Etisalat

Tunisia[edit]

The country has 11.2 million subscribers in total, or a 105.8% penetration rate.[142] (Sep 2010)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Ooredoo
(formerly Tunisiana)
GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
900/2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+
7.375[4] (Q2 2014) Ooredoo (75%)
2 Tunisie Telecom GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
5.04 [143] (March 2008) Tunisie Télécom Group (65%),
Tecom DIG (35%) [142]
3 Orange GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
0.53 Orange S.A., Divona

Turkey[edit]

Turkey has 69.391 million subscribers in total, or an 92.86% penetration rate. (2011)

The Regulatory Authority for telecommunication in Turkey is ICTA.

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
Ownership
1 Turkcell GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, 3C-HSDPA
35.200 [144] (Feb 2012) TeliaSonera (37.09%), Cukurova Group (13.81%), Alfa Group (13.22%), MV Holding (1.18%), 34.70% in minoritaries
2 Vodafone GSM 900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, 3C-HSDPA
20.603[44] (Sep 2014) Vodafone (100%)
3 Avea GSM 1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, 3C-HSDPA
13.500 [145] (Q3 2011) Türk Telekom (89.99%), Türkiye İş Bankası (10.01%)

Uganda[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 30.78% over a population estimate of 34.6 million.[146]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN CDMA
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
2600 MHz TD-LTE
WiMAX
10.181[14] (Sept 2014) MTN Group (96%)
2 Airtel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
4.6 [147] (April 2013) Bharti Airtel (100%)
3 Warid GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
WiMAX
2.8 [147] (April 2013) Airtel Africa
4 UT Mobile CdmaOne
GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
2.0 [148] (July 2011) Uganda Telecom Limited
5 Africell GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
800 MHz LTE
1.6 [27] (Jan 2015) Africell Holding (95%)
6 Essar GSM (GPRS) Not Yet Available Essar Group (90%)
7 Smart Telecom unknown uses Sure Telecom licence[149] Smart Telecom

United Arab Emirates[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 230.6% over a population estimate of 5.15 million.[150]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Etisalat GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
8.92 [151] (April 2013) UAE Federal Government (40%) and public shareholders (60%)
2 du GSM-900/1800 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
7.6 [152] (Q1 2014) UAE Federal Government (39.5%), Mubadala Development Company (19.75%), TECOM Investments (19.5%), and public shareholders (21.25%)

Yemen[edit]

In September 2010 the penetration rate was estimated at 38.4% over a population estimate of 24.1 million.[153]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Spacetel GSM-900 MHz 5.300[14] (Sep 2014) MTN Group (85%)
2 Sabafon GSM-900 MHz 3.65[154] (Sept 2012) Yemen Mobile Phone Company, Batelco (26.942%)
3 Yemen Mobile CDMA2000/1x 2.180 (2008–2009)[citation needed] Yemen Mobile
3 HiTS-UNITEL (Y) GSM-900 MHz 0.281 (2008–2009)[citation needed] HiTS-UNITEL

Zambia[edit]

In December 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 62% over a population estimate of 13.9 million.[155]

The country telecoms regulator is the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority[156] (former name was Communications Authority of Zambia)

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 MTN GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, DC-HSPA+
4.447[14] (Sep 2014) MTN Group
2 Airtel GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
4.04[157] (May 2014) Bharti Airtel (78.88%)
3 ZAMTEL GSM-900 MHz (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1.2 (Dec 2011)[citation needed] Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd

Zimbabwe[edit]

In December 2011 the penetration rate was estimated at 74.7% to 9.037 million subscribers.[158]

The country's telcom regulator is Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).[159]

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership
1 Econet GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1800 MHz LTE
WiMAX
5.686[160] (February 2012) Econet Wireless (Private) Limited
2 Telecel GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
1.875 [160] (February 2012) Orascom Telecom (60%)
3 Net*One GSM-900 (GPRS, EDGE)
2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA
LTE
1.456[160] (February 2012) NetOne Cellular (Pvt) Ltd (government)

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