Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Executive summary

Qatar’s regulator strives to improve competition

Qatar possesses a well developed telecoms market that enjoys high fixed line and mobile penetration. A rapidly growing population due to Qatar’s infrastructure building boom has presented a considerable growth opportunity for Qatar’s two telcos, Ooredoo (Qtel) and Vodafone Qatar.

Qatar’s communications regulator, ictQATAR, has been increasingly active in creating an environment conducive to competition, imposing obligations on Ooredoo to offer equal access to competitors to its network ducts, dark fibers and collocation spaces as well as offering network interconnection and wholesale transmission services.

Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile. Recognising the inherent opportunities in faster communications, Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Services are offered on a wholesale basis, with plans to extend 100Mb/s services to 95% of homes by 2015.

Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Qatar has taken steps to develop a knowledge-based society as part of its wider socioeconomic development goals as stated in National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030. Strategies and specific initiatives have been launched in the areas of e-commerce, e-government, e-health, e-education and smart grids.

Mobile services are offered by a duopoly comprised of Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar. Since launching services Vodafone Qatar has managed to grab a third of the market, with its share likely to increase due to introduction of mobile number portability.

Both Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar have launched mobile broadband services underpinned by 3G or LTE networks. Adoption of such services provides a new revenue growth opportunity as the mobile voice market comes under increased competition.

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 to 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 Qatar Telecom (Qtel) / Ooredoo
  • 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. Information society
    • 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 – Qtel 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 – Qtel mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Qtel mobile postpaid and prepaid ARPU – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 24 – Vodafone Qatar – financial data – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 25 –Vodafone Qatar Subscribers and ARPU –2009 - 2013
  • Table 26 – Qtel prepaid subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 27 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 28 – Qtel wireless broadband subscribers & ARPU – 2010 – 2013

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