As per the reports from tolaga researchers, the shift to 4G would be ongoing, along with continued operation and coexistence with 2G and 3G networks and services. As the 4G world materializes, the use of 4G will be increased based on mobile operators using spectrum across multiple existing and new spectrum bands. As mobile operators step into the 4G path they will be forced to focus on using their existing 2G and 3G spectrum resources in different ways and in different combinations. At the same time, operators will be demanding for new spectrum allocations to meet increasing network coverage and capacity demands dictated by the mobile Internet.
According to Telecom Lead Africa, 4G/LTE will account for 10 percent of SIMs in the Middle East and North Africa markets by 2017.As per the reports, 4G connections might grow at a CAGR of 122 percent between 2012 and 2017 and 3G will be the dominant network technology, reaching 192 million SIMs with 43 percent of all SIMs in the region by 2017 and even the subscribers in 2G mobile networks will hit the peak in 2015, when subscriptions in 3G and 4G connections will begin to take over.
According to Analysys Mason, telecoms sector revenue in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to grow from 27% to $96.4 billion in 2017 from $70.3 billion in 2011.There would be a fast growth in areas such as mobile data services during the forecast period to grow at a CAGR of 17.9 percent between 2012 and 2017.