Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Executive summary

Qatar’s telecoms industry offers a number of opportunities

Given Qatar’s healthy telecommunications industry and corresponding infrastructure; developing the digital economy and broadband services are seen as a key potential growth area for the future.

E-commerce in particular is expected to be a key growth area. While very few merchant’s currently offer online payment services in Qatar; it is hoped that PayPal’s partnership with Qatar National Bank in 2013 will instil confidence in the security of e-payments which has been the key inhibitor to Qatar’s uptake of such services in the past.

With smart phone penetration in Qatar one of the highest in the Middle East; m-commerce is also expected to become a hot trend for the near future. Mobile infrastructure is also improving with Vodafone Qatar launching its 4G services in mid 2014 and Qtel (Now Ooredoo Qatar) in 2013.

Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP), wireless and mobile. Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. The government owned network plans to offer speeds of up to 100Mb/s to 95% of homes and 100% of businesses by 2015. Services are offered on a wholesale basis to ISPs.

Fixed-line penetration is relatively high in Qatar as is mobile. While such levels might suggest that there is little room for new competitors in the fixed-line or mobile markets; the very fluid and rapidly expanding population due to the large number of expatriate workers actually creates considerable opportunity.

Qatar’s population more than doubled from around 0.98 million in 2006 to 2.1 million in 2014. The rapid rise is due to the influx of low income workers to participate in Qatar’s numerous infrastructure building projects, including those due to the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Key telecom parameters – 2012; 2014

Sector
2012
2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband
0.159
0.275
Fixed-line telephony
0.327
0.455
Mobile phone
2.600
3.600

(Source: BuddeComm)

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Qatar’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
  • Digital economy
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, wireless);
  • Convergence and digital media;
  • Broadband subscriber forecasts for 2018; 2023.


Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Overview of Qatar’s telecom market
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Background
      • 4.1.1 Telecommunications Law 2006
      • 4.1.2 Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
      • 4.2.1 2011 Market competitiveness report
    • 4.3 Network Access
    • 4.4 Interconnection
    • 4.5 Wholesale transmission
    • 4.6 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
    • 4.7 Privatisation
  • 5. Fixed network operator in Qatar
    • 5.1 Ooredoo/ Qatar Telecom (Qtel)
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 National telecom network
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
      • 6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 6.2.2 Satellite networks
  • 7. Broadband access market
    • 7.1 Overview
      • 7.1.1 Broadband and Internet statistics
    • 7.2 Broadband forecasts
      • 7.2.1 Scenario 1 – higher growth
      • 7.2.2 Scenario 2 – lower growth
      • 7.2.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
    • 7.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
    • 7.5 Wireless Broadband
      • 7.5.1 WiFi
  • 8. Digital Economy
    • 8.1 E-commerce
    • 8.2 E-government
    • 8.3 E-health
    • 8.4 E-education
      • 8.4.1 Knowledge Net (KNET)
    • 8.5 Smart Grid
  • 9. Digital Media
    • 9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
    • 9.2 Online Arabic content
    • 9.3 Broadband TV (IPTV)
    • 9.4 Al Jazeera
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Overview of Qatar’s mobile market
      • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 10.2 Regulatory issues
      • 10.2.1 Second mobile licence
      • 10.2.2 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
      • 10.2.3 Roaming tariff reduction
      • 10.2.4 Mobile Number Portability
    • 10.3 Mobile technologies
      • 10.3.1 Analogue
      • 10.3.2 Digital
      • 10.3.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
      • 10.3.4 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • 10.4 Major mobile operators
      • 10.4.1 Qtel / Ooredoo
      • 10.4.2 Vodafone Qatar
    • 10.5 Mobile voice services
      • 10.5.1 Prepaid
      • 10.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 10.6 Mobile messaging
      • 10.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 10.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 10.7 Mobile broadband
    • 10.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 10.8.1 Mobile TV
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Qatar – 2014
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2014
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2014
  • Table 4 – Fixed broadband statistics – 2014
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2014
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – GDP growth and inflation – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Ooredoo Group mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Qtel Qatar mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Qtel Qatar fixed-line revenue breakdown – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 11 – Qtel Qatar fixed-line subscribers and ARPU – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 12 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2014
  • Table 13 – Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2014
  • Table 14 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Household PC penetration – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 16 – International Internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 17 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2018; 2023
  • Table 18 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2018; 2023
  • Table 19 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – June 2013
  • Table 21 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) mobile postpaid and prepaid ARPU – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 24 – Vodafone Qatar – financial data – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 25 –Vodafone Qatar Subscribers and ARPU –2009 - 2014
  • Table 26 – Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) prepaid subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 27 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 28 – Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) wireless broadband subscribers & ARPU – 2010 – 2013

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