Middle East telecom market to reach $96bn by 2018
Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited, a global leading wireless solutions provider, has announced plans to include network management and maintenance services amidst the surge in demand over the last year, with a 30% growth in the number of customers in the Gulf Cooperation Council area.
According to a report by Analysys Mason, a market intelligent agency, the Middle East and North Africa telecoms market will grow at a CAGR of 2.9% to reach $96bn in 2018. UAE, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will show the strongest net growth in the telecoms market, with the UAE in the lead at just over 3% CAGR.
“Companies in the Middle East are increasingly relying on managed services as the telecom industry grows rapidly, which opens up excellent opportunities for us to offer after-sales support,” stated Eldynero Santos, general manager for Comba Telecom Middle East. “We have noticed that UAE companies are looking to invest in managed services, giving them the opportunity to focus on their core business,” he added.
In line with this, Comba is looking at opportunities to expand its business in the GCC. Managed services include network management, which ensures all network elements perform optimally with minimal service disruptions for the customer. Comba’s maintenance services include remote monitoring, routine maintenance and downtime repair. Trained technicians can be deployed on site for physical inspection, fault rectification or firmware upgrades. This ensures that potential faults are detected early so that equipment downtime is minimised.
Comba supplies A-Z turnkey in-building solutions to Etisalat in the UAE and Ooredoo in Qatar. This includes supply, design, installation, commissioning, integration and optimisation. Comba products, such as base station antennas, repeaters, MCPA and microwave equipment, are also supplied to various operators in Kuwait, Bahrain, Libya and KSA.
“We are witnessing a surge in the telecom industry in the GCC, especially as the penetration of smartphones passes 50%. We want to capitalise on this and ensure that our operators and customers are well equipped to handle the load,” continued Santos.