Last updated: 14 Dec 2011 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 124
Analyst: Paul Kwon
This Middle East tables only report provides 349 statistical tables and 18 charts for all aspects of telecommunications in each of the following Middle Eastern countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Yemen. Full details, commentaries and analyses are given elsewhere in the annual reports listed at the end of the Contents section.
Where available, statistics are given up to and including 2011. Where not available, estimates are given and, in some cases, subscribers up to 2015 are forecast.
Statistics are grouped by country into three sections: Telecoms and Fixed-Line Operations; Internet Broadband and Digital Media; and Mobile Operations.
Researcher:- Paul Kwon
Current publication date: December 2011 (10th Edition)
Telecoms and fixed-line
There are increasingly liberal regulatory systems in the telecoms sector of the Middle East. Several independent regulators have been established and competition has been introduced into most markets to a greater or lesser extent. Other than in Israel, each country has a national fixed-line operator but no other large players in the fixed-line sector. Even in the more liberalised markets of the Middle East there are no real competitors to the incumbents other than in the area of international calling cards and VoIP-based services. As in the rest of the world, fixed-line voice revenues are in decline, partly as a result of substitution by mobiles, and telcos are turning to broadband services to improve profits.
Internet and Broadband
Broadband use is increasing rapidly in the wealthier countries of the Arab Middle East and Israel is already one of the most developed broadband markets in the world. However, wide income disparities across the region are reflected in broadband penetration rates. The Arab Middle East has a very flourishing pan-regional satellite TV market with over 400 FTA channels available. Lack of locally produced content in Arabic is a problem both for the Internet and TV sectors. Digital Media in the region is a small but growing market.
The very dynamic mobile market of the Middle East has very high penetration rates but continues with surprisingly high growth rates as competition continues to increase. All countries now have at least two licensed operators. In addition MVNOs are appearing. Several very large players have grown both by buying new licences and established operators in the Middle East, Africa and West Asia. The increasing pan-regional competition should be an added factor to greater growth. 3G services are operating in the more developed markets, together with HSPA. This report includes five and ten year forecasts for most markets.
More detailed summaries are given under the country headings.
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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