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Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband

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Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
Published: April 28, 2019 Content info: 354 Pages
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Publication Overview

This report provides valuable information, analyses and statistics on the mobile infrastructure and mobile broadband markets of the Middle East and includes the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

This unique Buddecomm report also includes the Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) which measures and ranks the maturity of a country's telecoms industry on a scale of 1 to 100 compared to other Middle Eastern countries. All countries are placed into one of three categories: ‘Market Leaders', ‘Market Challengers' and ‘Market Emergents', according to their Market Index score.

Executive Summary

5G mobile infrastructure is a key focus in parts of the Middle East

Many countries in the Middle East have substantial mobile infrastructure in place, particularly in the urban areas. It is encouraging to see that some governments and operators are now focusing on improving services in the rural areas. In Iran, for example, two of the major operators recently agreed to provide national roaming, with an aim to improve availability to services in rural areas.

Government support is imperative to the growth of telecommunications infrastructure and many countries in the Middle East have strong government backing. In Bahrain, for example, there are a number of developments underway which will improve both telecoms services and infrastructure and it is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) which is the primary driver behind many of these plans.

Several countries are at the forefront of 5G development at a global level. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular are demonstrating significant progress towards 5G. The UAE for example, has the appropriate infrastructure in place to take advantage of 5G as it boasts one of the world's highest mobile penetration rates, substantial 4G LTE infrastructure and is considered one of the leaders in the region. It has already allocated spectrum frequencies to Etisalat and Du for 5G deployment use.

The Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) is used to fuel regional analysis, it provides a unique approach and allows a comprehensive country vs region comparison. This TMI measures and ranks the following 12 countries in the Middle East region including: Bahrain; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Recent developments:

  • All countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have extremely high mobile penetration.
  • Many governments and operators have realised that high-speed mobile infrastructure is the key to driving mobile broadband growth and revenues.
  • A number of recent investments in infrastructure have seen 4G LTE services flourish in many markets.
  • There are a few countries demonstrating leadership in terms of 5G development in the Middle East - and a number of other countries are also making strategic plans and partnerships in this regard.
  • While parts of the Middle East are having ongoing civil unrest issues which has stagnated telecoms developments (e.g. Syria, Yemen) - the more stabilised and progressive countries are moving forwards and making significant inroads in developing and progressing mobile infrastructure and mobile broadband services.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain, Ooredoo Kuwait (previously National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT) / Wataniya Telecom), Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva, Batelco, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel), Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE), Telecommunication Kish Company (TKC), Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC), Asiacell, Zain Iraq, Korek Telecom, Regional Telecom, Cellcom, Orange (Partner), Pelephone (Bezeq), HOT Mobile, Golan Telecom, Rami Levy, Jordan Telecom Group/Orange, Zain Jordan, Batelco/Umniah, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)/Bravo, Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium, GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb, Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula, Zain KSA, Lebara KSA/Etihad Jawraa, Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (Virgin Mobile MEA), Axiom Telecom, VIVA, Etisalat, du, Jordan Telecom Group/Orange, Zain Jordan, Batelco/Umniah, MTC Touch, Alfa Telecom, Ooredoo Qatar, Vodafone Qatar, OmanTel, Ooredoo Oman, FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna), Samatel, Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel, Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey, Avea.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Regional overview

  • Mobile broadband
  • 5G insights
  • TMI: Introduction and statistical overview
    • Market analysis
  • Middle East Telecom Maturity Index (TMI)
  • TMI versus GDP
    • Market Leaders
    • Market Challengers
    • Market Emergents
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • GCC countries fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Market characteristics

Bahrain

  • Market overview
    • Market analysis
  • Recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
    • Overview
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number portability
    • Privatisation
    • Mobile licenses
    • Subscriber registration
    • Roaming tariff reduction
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
  • Mobile voice
    • Prepaid
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • Brief intro analogue networks
    • Digital networks
  • Mobile handsets

Iran

  • Market analysis
    • Alleged sanction violations
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Sixth five year plan 2016 -2021
    • Regulatory authority
    • WiMAX licences
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Roaming
  • Mobile market analysis
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Second mobile licence - MTN Irancell
    • Third Mobile licence - Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G LTE
    • GSM, 3G
  • Mobile content and applications
    • Messaging services
    • M-banking (payments/loans)
  • Mobile handsets

Iraq

  • Historical overview
  • Market overview
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Iraq
  • Mobile historical overview
  • Mobile market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Regulatory issues
    • Temporary mobile licences awarded in 2003
    • Permanent licences awarded in 2007
    • Fourth mobile licence
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 3G
    • 4G LTE
    • 5G
    • Satellite mobile
  • Mobile content and applications
  • m-banking and m-payments

Israel

  • Overview
  • Market analysis
  • Key recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation of Bezeq
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Israel
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Net Neutrality
    • Wholesale
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • Brief intro analogue networks
    • Digital networks
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Connection charges
    • Licensing
    • LTE Spectrum
    • Roaming
    • MTRs
    • Early termination fee reduction
    • MNP
    • Network sharing
  • Mobile handsets

Jordan

  • Market overview
  • Market analysis
  • Key recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Taxes
    • Mobile regulatory issues
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • SMS and MMS - historical
    • OTT messaging services
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • Digital networks
  • IoT and M2M networks
  • Mobile handsets

Kuwait

  • Market analysis
  • Recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation
    • Infrastructure sharing
    • Interconnect
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • GSM, 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile voice/VoLTE
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Third mobile operator
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Roaming tariff reduction
    • Spectrum refarming for LTE
    • Mobile tower management
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-banking (payments/loans)
    • OTT messaging services
  • Mobile handsets

Lebanon

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment
    • Background
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Lebanon
    • Privatisation
    • Mobile regulatory issues
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile data
    • OTT messaging services
    • M2M
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • GSM, 3G
    • 4G LTE
    • 5G
  • Mobile handsets

Oman

  • Market Overview
  • Market analysis
  • Recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law - 2011-2015
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
    • Royalty fees
    • Competition issues
    • Market competitiveness report
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Second mobile licence
    • Third mobile licence
    • Reseller/MVNO licences
    • Roaming
    • MNP
    • Spectrum allocation
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G LTE, LTE-A
    • GSM, 3G
    • M2M
  • Mobile handsets

Qatar

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Key recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Wholesale transmission
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • New executive powers
    • Second mobile licence
    • Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
    • Roaming tariff reduction
    • NP
    • Spectrum
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G LTE
    • GSM, 3G
    • Satellite mobile
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-commerce
    • Mobile messaging
  • Mobile handsets

Saudi Arabia

  • Market overview
  • Market analysis
    • Universal Licenses
    • Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Data service provider licences
    • Fixed-line licences
    • New satellite broadband license
    • Interconnect and access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Universal service
  • Mobile market overview
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Award of second GSM mobile licence
    • iDEN contract awarded
    • Award of Third Generation (3G) licences
    • Award of third mobile licence
    • Mobile license extensions 2016
    • Roaming
    • MTRs
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • Fingerprinting law
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • GSM, 3G
    • LTE, LTE-A
    • Satellite mobile
    • 5G
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-banking and m-payments

Syria

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Market challenges
  • Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Syria
    • Interconnect
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile voice
    • Prepaid
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Regulatory issues
    • Third mobile licence
    • Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 4G LTE
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • Satellite mobile
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-payments

Turkey

  • Market history
  • Market analysis
  • Recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Recent developments
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Turkey
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Universal services
    • Tax levies
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • Overview (recent general laws and regulations)
    • Third Generation (3G) licences
    • Third and fourth GSM licences
    • Significant market power (SMP)
    • MTRs
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Telsim privatisation
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G, LTE
  • Mobile content and applications
    • Mobile apps
    • Mobile payments

United Arab Emirates

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Key recent developments
  • Regulatory environment
    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Draft bill for new authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Interconnect and access
    • Fibre access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Royalty payments
    • Censorship
    • Roaming tariff reduction
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile voice
    • Prepaid
  • Mobile data
    • SMS and MMS
    • OTT messaging services
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • Brief intro analogue networks
    • Digital networks
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-commerce
    • M-payments
  • Mobile handsets

Yemen

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Key industry considerations
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Internet governance
  • Mobile market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile regulatory issues
    • GSM licences awarded
    • Third GSM licence
  • Mobile infrastructure

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Middle East - mobile subscriptions and annual growth - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 2 - Middle East - mobile subscriptions by country - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 3 - Middle East - 3G and 4G - mobile infrastructure and population coverage - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 4 - Bahrain - Telecom sector revenue - 2006 - 2016
  • Table 5 - Bahrain - Telecom sector revenue breakdown - 2013 - 2016
  • Table 6 - Bahrain - Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests - 2011 - 1H 2017
  • Table 7 - Historic - Bahrain - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 8 - Bahrain - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 9 - Bahrain - total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - Q3 2018
  • Table 10 - Bahrain - Retail mobile market revenue - 2012 - 2017
  • Table 11 - Bahrain - Mobile ARPS - 2012 - 2017
  • Table 12 - Bahrain - Mobile subscribers with active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2013 - Q1 2018
  • Table 13 - Bahrain - Global - frequency bands under consideration for 5G deployment
  • Table 14 - Iran - historic mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2006
  • Table 15 - Iran - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2019
  • Table 16 - Iran - mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Iraq - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2019
  • Table 18 - Iraq - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 19 - Israel - Major mobile operators' monthly mobile ARPU - 2013 - 2018
  • Table 20 - Israel - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 21 - Israel - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2023
  • Table 22 - Israel - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 23 - Israel - 4G LTE adoption- 2016; 1H 2018
  • Table 24 - Jordan - Historical - Mobile Termination Rates - 2010 - 2014
  • Table 25 - Jordan - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 26 - Jordan - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 27 - Jordan - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 28 - Historic - Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 29 - Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 30 - Kuwait - mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 31 - Lebanon - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 32 - Lebanon - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 33 - Lebanon - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2019
  • Table 34 -Oman - Historic mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 35 - Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 36 - Oman - mobile sector total ARPU - 2005 - 2018
  • Table 37 - Oman - total prepaid and post-paid subscribers - 2005 - 2018
  • Table 38 - Oman - SMS messages - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 39 - Oman - MMS messages - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 40 - Oman - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2019
  • Table 41 - Qatar - historic - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 42 - Qatar - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 43 - Qatar - mobile subscription and penetration forecast - 2020 - 2024
  • Table 44 - Qatar - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2019
  • Table 45 - Qatar - Key Performance Indicators for 5G Market Potential - Existing mobile infrastructure coverage and active mobile broadband penetration - 2014 - 2017
  • Table 46 - Saudi Arabia - mobile, fixed-line and total telecoms revenue of service providers - 2001 - 2016
  • Table 47 - Saudi Arabia - Fixed telephone teledensity and mobile subscriber penetration - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 48 - Saudi Arabia - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2014
  • Table 49 - Saudi Arabia - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2015 - 2019
  • Table 50 - Saudi Arabia - prepaid subscribers - 2002 - Q3 2018
  • Table 51 - Saudi Arabia - mobile broadband subscriptions - technologies and penetration - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 52 - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2019
  • Table 53 - Syria - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 54 - Historic - Turkey - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 55 - Turkey - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 56 - Turkey - historical - breakdown of mobile revenue - 2008 - Q1 2016
  • Table 57 - Turkey - ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - Q1 2018
  • Table 58 - Turkey - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 59 - Turkey - 2G; 3G; 4G subscribers - 2009 - Q3 2017
  • Table 60 - UAE - telecommunications revenue - 2007 - 2016
  • Table 61 - UAE - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2007
  • Table 62 - UAE - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2019
  • Table 63 - UAE - historical - mobile revenue and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
  • Table 64 - UAE - historical - prepaid vs postpaid revenue - 2008 - 2015
  • Table 65 - UAE - prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2018
  • Table 66 - UAE - historical - SMS and MMS sent - 2007 - 2015
  • Table 67 - UAE - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 68 - UAE - handset manufacturers' market share - 2013; 2015; 2017
  • Table 69 - Yemen - mobile subscriptions and penetration - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 70 - Yemen - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI)
  • Chart 2 - Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2018
  • Chart 3 - Middle East - mobile subscriber versus mobile broadband penetration - 2018
  • Chart 4 - Middle East - Fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 5 - GCC countries - fixed vs mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 - Bahrain - Pre-paid subscribers - 2008 - Q3 2018
  • Chart 7 - Israel - Major mobile operators - monthly mobile ARPU decline - 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 8 - Yemen - Mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration - 2013 - 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Middle East - Country by country - TMI rank and industry description
  • Exhibit 2 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 - Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 4 - Iran - Privatisation of TCI
  • Exhibit 5 - Lebanon's Telecom Vision 2020
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