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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: June 17, 2020 Content info: 65 Pages
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Restoring telecommunication networks in Syria is a key priority

The telecoms sector in Syria has paid a heavy toll from the years of civil war and destruction. The major mobile operators of Syriatel and MTN Syria, along with the incumbent, have been focusing on restoring and rebuilding damaged mobile and fixed networks. It is a challenging environment for the operators which also face a lack of basic infrastructure like power and water in some areas, along with security concerns.

Furthermore; both Syriatel and MTN Syria were recently requested to pay billions in back taxes to the Syrian government. Tensions in this regard have escalated, particularly between the regulator (SyTRA) and Syriatel, which resulted in The Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE) suspending the trading of shares of Syriatel in early June 2020.

Telecommunication services in Syria are decentralized and some of the remote areas rely on expensive satellite communications while the urban areas utilise the highly regulated network supplied by the government-owned incumbent Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). The domestic and international fixed-line markets in Syria remain under the strict monopoly of the STE. Initiatives have been launched to liberalise the market in the past but without much success.

Mobile broadband penetration in Syria is still quite low, despite quite a high population coverage of 3G networks and some deployment of 4G LTE infrastructure. This may provide potential opportunities for growth once infrastructure and economic reconstruction efforts make headway and civil issues subside.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Key developments:

  • The years of civil unrest in Syria have taken their toll on Syria's telecommunications infrastructure and while the capital Damascus has survived reasonably well, it is the outskirts, rural and remote areas which have felt the brunt of the destruction.
  • The international aid network known as the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has been operating in Syria for many years and provides emergency Internet connectivity and telecommunications services.
  • Broadband developments in Syria are governed by the 2018 ICT Policy.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

  • Country overview

COVID-19 and its impact on the global telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure
  • Impact on Syria

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Market challenges
  • Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)

Regulatory environment

  • Historic overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Syria
    • Interconnect
  • Mobile network developments
    • Third mobile licence
    • Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses

Mobile communications

  • Market analysis
    • Historical overview
    • Recent developments
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 4G LTE
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • Satellite mobile
  • Major mobile operators
    • Market share
    • Syriatel
    • MTN Syria

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics

Fixed network operators in Syria

  • Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • National telecom network
  • International infrastructure

Digital economy

Appendix - historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Syria - 2019
  • Table 2 - Syria - GDP growth and inflation fluctuations - 2008 - 2018
  • Table 3 - Middle East - 3G and 4G - mobile infrastructure and population coverage - 2014 - 2018
  • Table 4 - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Syria - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2018
  • Table 6 - Syriatel - revenue - 2008 - 1H 2018
  • Table 7 - MTN Syria - revenue and CAPEX - 2016 - 2019
  • Table 8 - MTN Syria - subscribers and annual ARPU - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 9 - Syria - percentage of Internet users - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 10 - Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 11 - Syria - international Internet bandwidth - 2008 - 2018
  • Table 12 - Syria - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2008 - 2018
  • Table 13 - Historic - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 14 - Historic - Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 15 - Historic - Syria - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2007
  • Table 16 - Historic - Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 17 - Historic - Syria - international Internet bandwidth - 2004 - 2007
  • Table 18 - Historic - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2007
  • Table 19 - Historical - MTN Syria - Subscribers and ARPU - 2009 - 2013

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Mobile operator market share based on subscribers - 2019
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