2009 Middle Eastern - Mobile Communications and Mobile Data Market

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile markets in the Middle East. Subjects covered include:

·         Mobile statistics and trends;

·         Mobile operators;

·         Spectrum and Licence Auctions, Developments, National Policies;

·         Infrastructure, GSM, CDMA, 3G, HSDPA;

·         Trends in the prepaid sector;

·         Mobile satellite services;

·         Mobile data markets;

·         Mobile TV.

 

Researcher:- Tine Lewis

Current publication date:- September 2009 (8th Edition)

Next publication date:- September 2010

Executive Summary

This Middle East market report covers the mobile telephony and mobile data markets in each of the following countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Yemen.

 

Across most countries of the Middle East, including even some of the most highly penetrated, growth rates are surprisingly high. This is often due to an increase in competition – a second or third operator has entered the market or a new investor has bought a share of an existing operator – causing a subsequent drop in tariffs or improvement in services. Highest growth rates are in the relatively undeveloped markets of Egypt, Iran and Yemen.

 

Multi-SIM ownership is common as subscribers aim to maximise special offers and different deals, leading to sky-high penetration in some Gulf countries and particularly high rates in Jordan for its per capita GDP. The large number of expatriates in many countries is also a factor in encouraging competition, and thus growth and penetration rates; with a fluid population, new operators stand a better chance of gaining market share.

 

In recent years the region has become home to some large international players. Etisalat of the UAE and Zain of Kuwait have been particularly aggressive buyers of both new licences and existing operators in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Qtel of Qatar, STC of Saudi Arabia and Batelco of Bahrain have also taken this route for growth.

 

In the more developed Gulf countries and Israel, operators are pinning their growth hopes on persuading their mobile subscribers to take up data and broadband services. Customers want the latest in high-end handsets and have the income to pay for them. 3G services in these countries are well established, together with HSPA. Outside the Gulf countries, Israel and Turkey, no operator has launched 3G or HSPA although Jordan issued a licence to Orange in August 2009.

 

HSPA services are now offered throughout the Gulf region and in Israel. Speeds are increasing, with HSDPA USB modem broadband packages commonly up to 7.2Mb/s. There are several regional factors that favour mobile broadband. The populations are very young and there are very large numbers of expatriates. Fixed-line penetration levels are generally low. In addition there are several dynamic regional mobile operators whereas fixed-line operators are generally state-owned incumbents accustomed to little competition.

 

Key highlights:

Iran

The Iranian market grew very strongly during 2008 due to the continued affects of the competition from second operator MTN Irancell and the introduction of prepaid services. A question hangs over the market however after the unsuccessful tender for a third licence in late 2008 / early 2009. The licence was first awarded to a consortium led by Etisalat of the UAE and then withdrawn, echoing the problems of the second mobile licence tender. It was then awarded to a consortium led by Zain of Kuwait but then again withdrawn. By late 2009 the licence had still to be awarded. These regulatory problems must inevitably make this otherwise very promising market less attractive.

 

Israel

The Israeli market has been stable for some time but the Israeli government is moving to create a wholesale market in all sectors of communications, leading to jostling for position between mobile, fixed-line and Internet players. Some merger and takeover activity is anticipated. 3G subscriber levels made up at least a third of total subscribers in mid-2009 and revenue from mobile data has grown steadily. The launch of Pelephone’s new network, moving away from its CDMA2000 / EV-DO network to a UMTS network, has had a significant impact on the market.

 

Qatar

Competition finally came to the Qatari mobile market in July 2009 with the launch of services by Vodafone. Vodafone has had mixed success in the Middle East to date, with poor results in Turkey but faring much better in Egypt.

 

Saudi Arabia

After the launch of second operator Mobily, mobile subscribers grew rapidly, leading to penetration levels similar to those of the smaller GCC states, at well over 100%, despite Saudi Arabia’s much higher total population. With third operator Zain’s launch in August 2008 the market became even more competitive. It is the only market where the region’s three largest operators – Etisalat of the UAE, Zain of Kuwait and STC on its home turf – go head to head.

 

UAE

Mobile penetration levels in the UAE are quite spectacular, passing the 200% mark. Growth has been astonishing since the launch of second operator du. 3G subscribers make up over 25% of the total but the percentage has not grown over the past year – the growth has been at the lower end of the market.

 

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Middle East’s Mobile Market
    • 1.1 Mobile market overview
      • 1.1.1 Overview of the Middle East mobile market
    • 1.2 Regulatory issues
      • 1.2.1 Background
      • 1.2.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 1.2.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 1.2.4 Number portability
    • 1.3 Major mobile operators in the Middle East
      • 1.3.1 Overview
      • 1.3.2 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
    • 1.4 Mobile voice services
      • 1.4.1 Prepaid
      • 1.4.2 Roaming
      • 1.4.3 Satellite mobile
    • 1.5 Mobile data services
      • 1.5.1 Overview
      • 1.5.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 1.5.3 Mobile TV
      • 1.5.4 Mobile messaging services
      • 1.5.5 Music and entertainment services
      • 1.5.6 Navigation, GPS, location-based services (LBS)
    • 1.6 Forecasts – mobile market – 2008; 2013; 2018
      • 1.6.1 Iran
      • 1.6.2 Iraq
      • 1.6.3 Jordan
      • 1.6.4 Kuwait
      • 1.6.5 Lebanon
      • 1.6.6 Syria
      • 1.6.7 Turkey
      • 1.6.8 Yemen
  • 2. Bahrain
    • 2.1 Overview of Bahrain’s mobile market
      • 2.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 2.2 Regulatory issues
      • 2.2.1 Second mobile licence
      • 2.2.2 Third mobile licence
      • 2.2.3 Prepaid subscriber registration
    • 2.3 Mobile technologies
      • 2.3.1 Analogue
      • 2.3.2 Digital
      • 2.3.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 2.4 Major mobile operators
      • 2.4.1 Batelco
      • 2.4.2 Zain Bahrain (formerly MTC Vodafone)
    • 2.5 Mobile voice services
      • 2.5.1 Prepaid
    • 2.6 Mobile data services
      • 2.6.1 Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
      • 2.6.2 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)
      • 2.6.3 BlackBerry
    • 2.7 Mobile content
      • 2.7.1 Batelco
      • 2.7.2 Zain Bahrain
  • 3. Egypt
    • 3.1 Overview of Egypt’s mobile market
      • 3.1.1 Telecom Egypt’s mobile deal
      • 3.1.2 Third mobile licence
      • 3.1.3 Mobile statistics
    • 3.2 Regulatory issues
      • 3.2.1 Tariff structure
      • 3.2.2 International gateways
      • 3.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 3.2.4 Registration of user details
      • 3.2.5 GPS ban
    • 3.3 Major mobile operators
      • 3.3.1 Mobinil (ECMS)
      • 3.3.2 Vodafone Egypt
      • 3.3.3 Etisalat Misr
    • 3.4 Mobile voice services
      • 3.4.1 Prepaid services
      • 3.4.2 Satellite mobile
    • 3.5 Mobile data services
      • 3.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 3.5.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 3.5.4 GPRS and Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 3.5.5 Mobile TV
    • 3.6 3G
      • 3.6.1 Mobile broadband pricing
    • 3.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 3.7.1 Mobile banking
  • 4. Iran
    • 4.1 Overview of Iran’s mobile market
      • 4.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 4.2 Regulatory issues
      • 4.2.1 Third GSM licence
      • 4.2.2 Second GSM licence
    • 4.3 Mobile technologies
      • 4.3.1 Local handset manufacture
    • 4.4 Major mobile operators
      • 4.4.1 Mobile Communications Company (MCCI)
      • 4.4.2 MTN Irancell
      • 4.4.3 Taliya / Rafsanjan Industrial Complex Islamic Cooperative Company (RIC)
      • 4.4.4 Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE)
      • 4.4.5 Telecommunications Kish Company (TKC)
    • 4.5 Mobile voice services
      • 4.5.1 Prepaid
      • 4.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 4.6 Mobile data services
      • 4.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 4.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 4.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
  • 5. Iraq
    • 5.1 Overview of Iraq’s mobile market
      • 5.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 5.1.2 Average revenue per user (ARPU)
    • 5.2 Regulatory issues
      • 5.2.1 Temporary mobile licences
      • 5.2.2 Permanent licences
      • 5.2.3 Penalty fines and debts
    • 5.3 Mobile technologies
    • 5.4 Major mobile operators
      • 5.4.1 Asiacell Communications
      • 5.4.2 Zain Iraq (formerly MTC Atheer)
      • 5.4.3 Korek Telecom
      • 5.4.4 Orascom Telecom Iraq Corporation / Iraqna
      • 5.4.5 Sanatel
    • 5.5 Mobile voice services
      • 5.5.1 Prepaid
      • 5.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 5.6 Mobile data services
      • 5.6.1 Mobile TV
    • 5.7 Mobile content and applications
  • 6. Israel
    • 6.1 Overview of Israel’s mobile market
      • 6.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 6.2 Regulatory issues
      • 6.2.1 Award of 3G mobile licences
      • 6.2.2 Connection charges
      • 6.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 6.2.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 6.3 Mobile technologies
      • 6.3.1 Analogue
      • 6.3.2 Digital
      • 6.3.3 integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN)
      • 6.3.4 3G
      • 6.3.5 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
    • 6.4 Major mobile operators
      • 6.4.1 Pelephone Communications Ltd
      • 6.4.2 Cellcom
      • 6.4.3 Partner Communications Company Ltd (Orange)
      • 6.4.4 MIRS Communications Ltd
    • 6.5 Mobile voice services
      • 6.5.1 Prepaid
    • 6.6 Mobile data services
      • 6.6.1 i-mode
      • 6.6.2 Push-to-talk (PTT)
    • 6.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 6.7.1 Mobile TV
      • 6.7.2 External content providers
  • 7. Jordan
    • 7.1 Overview of Jordan’s mobile market
      • 7.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 7.2 Regulatory issues
      • 7.2.1 Third GSM licence
      • 7.2.2 MVNOs
      • 7.2.3 3G licences
    • 7.3 Mobile technologies
      • 7.3.1 GSM
      • 7.3.2 Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN)
    • 7.4 Major mobile operators
      • 7.4.1 Jordan Mobile Telephone Services / Zain Jordan
      • 7.4.2 Orange
      • 7.4.3 XPress Telecommunications
      • 7.4.4 Umniah
    • 7.5 Mobile voice services
      • 7.5.1 Prepaid
      • 7.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 7.6 Mobile data services
      • 7.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 7.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 7.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 7.6.4 Push-to-talk (PTT)
      • 7.6.5 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 7.6.6 BlackBerry
      • 7.6.7 iPhone
    • 7.7 Mobile content and applications
  • 8. Kuwait
    • 8.1 Overview of Kuwait’s mobile market
      • 8.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 8.2 Regulatory issues
      • 8.2.1 Third mobile operator
    • 8.3 Mobile technologies
      • 8.3.1 Analogue
      • 8.3.2 Digital
      • 8.3.3 3G
      • 8.3.4 HSPA
    • 8.4 Major mobile operators
      • 8.4.1 Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain
      • 8.4.2 National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT) / Wataniya Telecom
      • 8.4.3 Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva
    • 8.5 Mobile voice services
      • 8.5.1 Prepaid
      • 8.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 8.6 Mobile data services
      • 8.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 8.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 8.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 8.6.4 Push-to-talk (PTT)
      • 8.6.5 BlackBerry
    • 8.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 8.7.1 Mobile TV
  • 9. Lebanon
    • 9.1 Overview of Lebanon’s mobile market
      • 9.1.1 Distribution system problems
      • 9.1.2 Mobile statistics
    • 9.2 Regulatory issues
      • 9.2.1 Overview
      • 9.2.2 Lebanon’s current mobile contracts
      • 9.2.3 2007 sale plans
      • 9.2.4 2004 management contracts
      • 9.2.5 Background – original BOT contracts
    • 9.3 Mobile technologies
      • 9.3.1 GSM
      • 9.3.2 3G
    • 9.4 Major mobile operators
      • 9.4.1 MTC Touch / Zain
      • 9.4.2 Alfa Telecom
    • 9.5 Mobile voice services
      • 9.5.1 Prepaid
      • 9.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 9.6 Mobile data services
      • 9.6.1 Mobiles at war
      • 9.6.2 PowerMeMobile
  • 10. Oman
    • 10.1 Overview of Oman’s mobile market
      • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 10.2 Regulatory issues
      • 10.2.1 Second mobile licence
      • 10.2.2 Reseller / MVNO licences
    • 10.3 Mobile technologies
      • 10.3.1 Analogue
      • 10.3.2 Digital
      • 10.3.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 10.4 Major mobile operators
      • 10.4.1 Oman Mobile Telecommunications (OMTC)
      • 10.4.2 Nawras Telecom (Omani-Qatari Telecommunications Company)
    • 10.5 MVNO operators
      • 10.5.1 Connect Arabia / FRiENDi Telecom / Halafoni
      • 10.5.2 Majan Telecom / Renna
    • 10.6 Mobile voice services
      • 10.6.1 Prepaid
      • 10.6.2 Satellite mobile
    • 10.7 Mobile data services
      • 10.7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 10.7.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 10.7.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • 10.7.4 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 10.7.5 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • 10.7.6 High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)
      • 10.7.7 Push-to-talk (PTT)
      • 10.7.8 BlackBerry
  • 11. Qatar
    • 11.1 Overview of Qatar’s mobile market
      • 11.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 11.2 Regulatory issues
      • 11.2.1 Second mobile licence
    • 11.3 Mobile technologies
      • 11.3.1 Analogue
      • 11.3.2 Digital
      • 11.3.3 3G mobile
      • 11.3.4 HSPA
    • 11.4 Major mobile operator
      • 11.4.1 Qtel
      • 11.4.2 Vodafone Qatar
    • 11.5 Mobile voice services
      • 11.5.1 Prepaid
      • 11.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 11.6 Mobile data services
      • 11.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 11.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 11.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 11.6.4 BlackBerry
    • 11.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 11.7.1 Mobile TV
      • 11.7.2 Email
  • 12. Saudi Arabia
    • 12.1 Overview of Saudi Arabia’s mobile market
      • 12.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 12.2 Regulatory issues
      • 12.2.1 Award of second GSM mobile licence
      • 12.2.2 iDEN contract awarded
      • 12.2.3 Award of 3G licences
      • 12.2.4 Award of third mobile licence
      • 12.2.5 SPAM controls
    • 12.3 Mobile technologies
      • 12.3.1 Analogue
      • 12.3.2 Digital
      • 12.3.3 3G
    • 12.4 Major mobile operators
      • 12.4.1 Saudi Telecom Company (STC) / Al Jawal
      • 12.4.2 Ettihad Etisalat (Mobily)
      • 12.4.3 Public Telecommunications Company (Bravo)
      • 12.4.4 Zain Saudi Arabia
    • 12.5 Mobile voice services
      • 12.5.1 Prepaid
      • 12.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 12.6 Mobile data services
      • 12.6.1 Mobile TV
      • 12.6.2 iPhone
    • 12.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 12.7.1 Location-based services (LBS)
  • 13. Syria
    • 13.1 Overview of Syria’s mobile market
      • 13.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 13.2 Regulatory issues
      • 13.2.1 Third mobile licence
      • 13.2.2 Current BOT contracts
    • 13.3 Mobile technologies
      • 13.3.1 3G
    • 13.4 Major mobile operators
      • 13.4.1 Syriatel
      • 13.4.2 MTN Syria
    • 13.5 Mobile voice services
      • 13.5.1 Prepaid
      • 13.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 13.6 Mobile data services
  • 14. Turkey
    • 14.1 Overview of Turkey’s mobile market
      • 14.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 14.2 Regulatory issues
      • 14.2.1 3G licences
      • 14.2.2 Third and fourth GSM licences
      • 14.2.3 Significant market power (SMP)
      • 14.2.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 14.2.5 Telsim privatisation
    • 14.3 Mobile technologies
      • 14.3.1 Analogue
      • 14.3.2 Digital
      • 14.3.3 3G
    • 14.4 Major mobile operators
      • 14.4.1 Turkcell
      • 14.4.2 Vodafone (Telsim)
      • 14.4.3 Avea
    • 14.5 Mobile voice services
      • 14.5.1 Prepaid
      • 14.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 14.6 Mobile data services
      • 14.6.1 SMS and MMS
      • 14.6.2 GPRS
      • 14.6.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 14.6.4 EDGE
      • 14.6.5 BlackBerry
      • 14.6.6 Mobile TV
    • 14.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 14.7.1 Location-based services
      • 14.7.2 M-commerce
      • 14.7.3 Mobile advertising
  • 15. United Arab Emirates
    • 15.1 Overview of UAE’s mobile market
      • 15.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 15.2 Regulatory issues
      • 15.2.1 Overview
      • 15.2.2 Number portability
    • 15.3 Mobile technologies
      • 15.3.1 Analogue and digital
      • 15.3.2 3G mobile
    • 15.4 Major mobile operators
      • 15.4.1 Etisalat
      • 15.4.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company / du
    • 15.5 Mobile voice services
      • 15.5.1 Prepaid
      • 15.5.2 Satellite mobile
    • 15.6 Mobile data services
      • 15.6.1 SMS
      • 15.6.2 MMS
      • 15.6.3 PTT
      • 15.6.4 BlackBerry
      • 15.6.5 iPhone
      • 15.6.6 Mobile content and applications
  • 16. Yemen
    • 16.1 Overview of Yemen’s mobile market
      • 16.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 16.2 Regulatory issues
      • 16.2.1 GSM licences awarded
      • 16.2.2 Third GSM licence
    • 16.3 Major mobile operators
      • 16.3.1 TeleYemen / Yemen Mobile
      • 16.3.2 SabaFon
      • 16.3.3 MTN Yemen
      • 16.3.4 HiTS Unitel
    • 16.4 Mobile voice services
      • 16.4.1 Prepaid
      • 16.4.2 Satellite mobile
    • 16.5 Mobile data services
  • 17. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – GDP per capita and population in the Middle East – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rates in the Middle East – 2008
  • Table 3 – Major Middle East international operators – revenue and subscribers – 2008
  • Table 4 – Prepaid subscribers – selected operators – 2008
  • Table 5 – 3G subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers – selected countries – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 6 – Israeli mobile operators – data and content revenue as a percentage of total revenue – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 7 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Iran – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 8 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Iran – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 9 – Forecast mobile penetration in Iraq – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 10 – Forecast mobile penetration in Iraq – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 11 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Jordan – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 12 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Jordan – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 13 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Kuwait – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 14 – Forecast mobile subscriber in Kuwait – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 15 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Lebanon – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 16 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Lebanon – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 17 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Syria – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 18 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Syria – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 19 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Turkey – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 20 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Turkey – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 21 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen – higher growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 22 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen – lower growth scenario – 2008; 2013; 2018
  • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Bahrain - 1995 - 2008
  • Table 24 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Bahrain – 2008
  • Table 25 – Mobile operators – total subscribers, 3G subscribers and market share in Bahrain – 2008
  • Table 26 – Mobile operators’ market share in Bahrain – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 27 – Mobile monthly ARPU in Bahrain – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 28 – Zain Bahrain revenue and ARPU - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 29 – Prepaid mobile subscribers in Bahrain - 1999 - 2008
  • Table 30 – Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2009
  • Table 31 – Average monthly outgoing SMS per subscriber in Bahrain – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 32 – Mobile data subscribers by service in Bahrain – 2007
  • Table 33 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Egypt – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
  • Table 34 – Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change in Egypt – 2008
  • Table 35 – Mobinil active subscribers – 1998; 2000 - 2009
  • Table 36 – Mobinil key performance indicators – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 37 – Mobinil blended monthly ARPU and AUPU – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 38 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 1998; 2000 - 2008
  • Table 39 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2007
  • Table 40 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Iran- 1995 - 2008
  • Table 41 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Iran – 2008
  • Table 42 – Major mobile operators market shares in Iran – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 43 – MTN Irancell subscribers, revenue, ARPU and MOU – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 44 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Iraq - 2003 - 2008
  • Table 45 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Iraq – 2008
  • Table 46 – Mobile operator market shares in Iraq – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 47 – Major mobile operators’ ARPU in Iraq - 2004 - 2009
  • Table 48 – Asiacell revenue and subscribers – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 49 – Zain Iraq revenue, net income and subscribers - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 50 – Zain Iraq prepaid subscribers - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 51 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Israel – 1995 - 2008
  • Table 52 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Israel – 2008
  • Table 53 – Mobile operators – total subscribers, 3G subscribers and market share in Israel – 2008
  • Table 54 – Mobile operators’ MOU and ARPU in Israel – 2008
  • Table 55 – Pelephone revenue, profit, monthly MOU and monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2009
  • Table 56 – Cellcom revenue, profit, monthly MOU, churn, monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 57 – Partner Communications revenue, profit, monthly MOU, churn, monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2009
  • Table 58 – Partner prepaid, postpaid and business subscribers – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 59 – Mobile operators’ data & content revenue as a percentage of total revenue in Israel – 2003 - 2008
  • Table 60 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Jordan – 1995 - 2008
  • Table 61 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Jordan – 2008
  • Table 62 – Mobile operators’ market share in Jordan – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 63 – Zain Jordan ARPU, revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 64 – Orange prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2002 - 2008
  • Table 65 – Zain Jordan prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 66 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Kuwait - 1994 - 2008
  • Table 67 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Kuwait – 2008
  • Table 68 – Mobile operators’ subscribers and market share in Kuwait – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 69 - 3G subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers in Kuwait – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 70 – Zain Group subscribers, revenue and profit - 2002 - 2009
  • Table 71 – Zain Kuwait revenue and ARPU – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 72 – Wataniya Group subscribers, revenue and profit - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 73 – Wataniya Kuwait subscribers and revenue - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 74 – Wataniya Kuwait monthly pre and postpaid ARPU – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 75 – Zain pre and postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 76 – Wataniya pre and postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 77 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lebanon - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 78 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Lebanon – March 2009
  • Table 79 – Zain prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 80 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Oman - 1994 - 2009
  • Table 81 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Oman - 2008
  • Table 82 – Subscribers and market share by mobile operator in Oman – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 83 – Mobile sector total revenues and ARPU in Oman – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 84 – 3G subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers in Oman – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 85 – Omantel mobile ARPU – 2002 - 2003; 2005 - 2008
  • Table 86 – Nawras pre and postpaid ARPU and annual revenue – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 87 – Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers in Oman – 2005 - 2009
  • Table 88 – Nawras prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 89 – SMS messages sent in Oman – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 90 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Qatar - 1995 - 2009
  • Table 91 – Mobile operator, subscribers and annual change in Qatar - 2008
  • Table 92 – Qtel mobile postpaid and prepaid revenue and ARPU – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 93 – Prepaid subscribers in Qatar - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 94 – Mobile ARPU in Saudi Arabia - 2002; 2004 - 2007
  • Table 95 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Saudi Arabia - 1995 - 2008
  • Table 96 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Saudi Arabia – 2008
  • Table 97 – Major mobile operators’ market shares: GSM & 3G in Saudi Arabia – 2008
  • Table 98 – Mobily revenue and profit – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 99 – Bravo revenue, profit, subscribers and ARPU – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 100 – Zain revenue, profit, subscribers and ARPU – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 101 – Prepaid subscribers in Saudi Arabia – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 102 – Zain prepaid subscribers – 2008 - 2009
  • Table 103 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Syria – 1999 - 2008
  • Table 104 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Syria – 2008
  • Table 105 – MTN Syria: ARPU – 2003 - 2009; outgoing MOU – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 106 – MTN market share of pre and postpaid subscribers – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 107 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Turkey - 1995 - 2008
  • Table 108 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Turkey – 2008
  • Table 109 – Mobile subscribers by operator in Turkey – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 110 – Mobile operators’ market share in Turkey – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 111 – Turkcell Group financial data – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 112 – Turkcell Turkey average monthly ARPU, pre and postpaid – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 113 – Turkcell Turkey average monthly MOU and churn – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 114 – Vodafone pre and postpaid ARPU – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 115 – Vodafone revenue – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 116 – Avea revenue and EBITDA – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 117 – Avea prepaid, postpaid and blended ARPU and blended MOU – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 118 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers in Turkey – 2000 - 2008
  • Table 119 – Turkcell prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 120 – Vodafone prepaid subscribers – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 121 – Avea prepaid subscribers – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 122 – Numbers of SMS and MMS sent in Turkey – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 123 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in the UAE - 1995 - 2008
  • Table 124 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in the UAE – 2008
  • Table 125 – Mobile operators’ market share in the UAE – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 126 – 3G subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers in the UAE – 2007 - 2008
  • Table 127 – du revenue and profit / loss – 2006 - 2009
  • Table 128 – Prepaid subscribers in the UAE – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 129 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Yemen - 1998 - 2008
  • Table 130 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change in Yemen – 2008
  • Table 131 – SabaFon subscribers and market share – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 132 – MTN Yemen / Spacetel subscribers and market share – 2004 - 2009
  • Table 133 – MTN Yemen / Spacetel ARPU per month – 2003 - 2009
  • Exhibit 1 – Major mobile operators in Middle East countries – February 2009
  • Exhibit 2 – An analysis of Egypt’s third mobile licence valuation
  • Exhibit 3 – Vodafone Egypt’s public listing and delisting

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