Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Kuwait continues 5G development in 2019

Kuwait has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world and market saturation. To capitalise on this; the operators are building extensive LTE networks, developing 5G and introducing mobile broadband content and services.

The existence of this substantial mobile infrastructure places Kuwait in good stead to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the evolution to 5G. In 2019 we are seeing 5G developments accelerate in Kuwait with the operators beginning to formulate offerings around 5G service packages and devices.

While Kuwait’s mobile sector shows considerable progress; the country’s fixed broadband penetration is one of the lowest in the region. The Kuwaiti government is however focusing on building fixed broadband networks and ultimately this sector offers a potential future growth opportunity for both the operators and government. Improvements to the fixed broadband infrastructure will assist to grow markets such as e-commerce, along with smart infrastructure development, start-ups and M2M.

This BuddeComm report provides extensive information on Kuwait’s telecoms market and provides key industry statistics as well as information and insights relating to fixed and mobile infrastructure, subscribers, regulations and major players.

Key developments:

  • The three major operators of Zain Kuwait, VIVA and Ooredoo are all offering LTE services as well as exploring 5G opportunities.
  • There is a high ownership of smart phones in Kuwait.
  • Improvements to fibre-broadband infrastructure are underway.

Companies covered in this report include:

Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain, Ooredoo Kuwait, Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
    • Competitive environment
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation
    • Infrastructure sharing
    • Interconnect
  • Fixed network operators

    • Ministry of Communications
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Fibre networks
    • International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite communication
    • Smart infrastructure
      • IoT
      • Smart grids
  • Fixed broadband Market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Historic overview
      • Market overview
      • Broadband statistics
  • Digital economy

    • e-Commerce
    • Start-ups
    • e-Banking/e-Payments
    • e-Health
  • Digital Media

    • Video-streaming
    • Music-streaming
    • VoIP
  • Mobile Market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile broadband
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • GSM, 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile regulatory issues
      • Third mobile operator
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • Spectrum refarming for LTE
      • Spectrum for 5G
      • Mobile tower management
    • Major mobile operators
      • Zain Kuwait
      • Ooredoo Kuwait
      • Viva
    • Mobile content and applications
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • OTT messaging services
    • Mobile handsets
  • Appendix – historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Kuwait – 2019
  • Table 2 – Kuwait – GDP and inflation – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Kuwait - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2009 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Kuwait – subscribers to broadband technologies – 2015; 2017
  • Table 5 – Kuwait - Internet users and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Kuwait - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 – 2024
  • Table 7 – Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 8 – Kuwait - mobile operators’ market share – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Kuwait - mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – 2018
  • Table 10 - Kuwait - mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 – 2024
  • Table 11 – Kuwait – population coverage of mobile technologies – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 12 - Zain Group subscribers and revenue – 2005 – 1H 2019
  • Table 13 – Zain Kuwait revenue, net profit, ARPU and subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Zain Kuwait – prepaid share – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Ooredoo Kuwait financial data, subscribers, ARPU – 2016; Q1 2019
  • Table 16 - Viva revenue, net profit, EBITDA, and subscribers – 2012 – Q1 2019
  • Table 17 – Historic – Kuwait - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 – 2008
  • Table 18 – Historic – Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2004
  • Table 19 – Historic - Kuwait - Internet users and penetration – 1995 – 2008
  • Table 20 – Historic - Kuwait - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2008

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Kuwait’s major mobile operators – market share – 2018
  • Chart 2 - Kuwait’s fixed broadband penetration set to grow

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO)

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