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.
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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;
- 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;