Disruption amplifies digital irreversibly
We expect demand for telecom services in MENA to remain above pre-pandemic lockdown levels once the emergency strictures are lifted, creating opportunities for new entrants.
Many platforms for work, social discourse and entertainment have gained popularity during the lockdowns. Full development, however, is still being restrained by government rules, despite some relaxing of restrictions.
Pressure for further liberalisation will persist, but we expect governments to keep some limitations to protect their majority-owned operators as well as maintain a certain level of internet censorship.
Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist
Charlene Rahall, Senior Analyst
Nancy Bou Dakka & Mehdi Chaoudri, Analysts
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