5G in MENA: GCC operators set for global leadership

5G is rapidly moving from trials to early commercialisation. Between 2018 and 2020, more than 50 countries will launch 5G mobile services across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In some markets, the launch of 5G commercial services is occurring earlier than initially announced – notable examples include the US, China, South Korea, Australia and some of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Arab States. This GSMA Intelligence report looks at 5G in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region across different perspectives: network deployment, spectrum, use cases, market opportunities, and policy and regulation.