Market overview: Tunisia
No clear route to independent tower ownership but good government support for telecoms infrastructure.
There are 14.2mn active subscribers (source: INTT Q1 2018) and three MNOs in the Tunisian market; market leader Ooredoo, Orange and Tunisie Telecom. We take a look at the background factors which have affected the fortunes of Tunisia’s MNOs, assess current market tower ownership and introduce the local towercos carving out a niche for themselves in this developing market.
While politically Tunisia has seen rapid development towards an open and democratic system since the Arab Spring began in 2010, economically it still has some way to go. The country saw some economic acceleration in 2017, however the political situation, while more democratic, is still fragmented, resulting in a lag in passing reforms which would help to boost the economy.