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
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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 for 2018; 2023.