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2011 United Arab Emirates - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

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Last updated: 7 Dec 2011 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 48

Analyst: Paul Kwon

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in UAE’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;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, IPTV;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and digital media;
  • Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2020.

Companies covered in this report include:

Etisalat, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Yahsat.

Researcher:- Paul Kwon
Current publication date:- December 2011 (10th Edition)

Executive Summary

Fibre, LTE and competition underpins development

One of the last countries in the Middle East to liberalise, the telecom market of the United Arab Emirates has benefited from competition as evident by falling tariff prices. The recent launch of operations by a third market entrant will only further drive competition and deliver benefits for end user in 2012.

Broadband services are well developed, with high penetration rates for the region. Development of the incumbent’s fixed network is focused on extending fibre into the last mile, as part of plans to extend FttX networks to the entire country. International Internet connectivity is set to improve given the UAE’s involvement in two separate major terrestrial cable networks spanning the Middle East.

Widely accessible Internet access has fostered development of the digital economy, encompassing e-commerce, e-government, e-health and e-learning. The UAE has also taken the initiative in implementing smart cities infrastructure, deploying smart grid technology and launching an ambitious plan to develop Masdar City, a new zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Mobile penetration levels in the UAE are among the world’s highest, largely due to a very large and fluid expatriate population. Competition has led the incumbent to increase its focus on the underdeveloped mobile broadband and applications market. It has already commercially launched LTE services as well as cutting edge mobile applications services such as Near Field Communication (NFC)-based contact payment services.

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