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Last updated: 5 Jul 2007 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 161
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
The Gulf countries are Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen, many of which are small countries, yet leaders in technology use. This annual report offers a wealth of information on trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband and converging media. Subjects include:
BuddeComm’s latest Middle East Annual Publication, ‘2007 Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in the Gulf countries of the Middle East’, profiles the wealthy countries of the GCC, strife-torn Iraq, very poor Yemen and the regulated market of Iran.
There has been a change in atmosphere regarding broadband in the Gulf region over the past year. Internet and broadband penetration rates remain low in many countries, access speeds are relatively slow and tariffs are relatively high compared with other regions in the world, but the wealthier countries are making a strong push to follow in the UAE’s footsteps towards higher broadband penetration.
The mobile market is already very well developed in the wealthier countries of the region. 3G services are widely available. In the more developed markets customers want the latest in high-end handsets and have the income to pay for them.
Several local operators with deep pockets have grown enormously through buying operators and licences, with interests across the Middle East and extending into Africa and West Asia. Three operators are vying for supremacy: Etisalat of the UAE, most of whose subsidiaries are in Africa, MTC of Kuwait and, more recently, Qtel of Qatar. Batelco of Bahrain has also joined the fray but is not yet on the scale of the other three.
This report presents a concise overview of sector liberalisation and privatisation in the region, the development of product offerings for both mobile and broadband technologies, essential operator statistics in all telecom sectors, and the emergence of convergence and triple play.
Gulf countries mobile penetration and annual growth - 2007
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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