Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Ooredoo Maldives completes IPO, raising $26 million

Although the Maldives has a population of only 348,000 the telecom market is bolstered by the considerable influx of tourists. Steady growth in recent years has attracted international investment, including the Qatar-based Ooredoo Group. The vibrant tourist sector helps to account for the unusually high mobile penetration rate, though multiple SIM card use is also widely adopted. In, addition a large number of expatriate workers require SIM cards on a semi-temporary basis

The two licensed operators, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Ooredoo Maldives, have both invested in HSPA and LTE infrastructure, providing national coverage with the former and expecting to provide coverage with the latter to all populated islands by the end of 2017. This development has encouraged the take-up of mobile broadband services among subscribers. Both operators also provide fixed-line services.

The country has given priority to telecom infrastructure upgrades, with considerable success. There is a well-developed national network, though investment has been concentrated in the capital Malé as well as in the tourist resort islands. The submarine cable connection to Sri Lanka improved international bandwidth and helped reduce access pricing for end-users. A second submarine cable linked the archipelago to India in 2006. Additional cables linking the main atolls has substantially strengthened domestic connectivity. This was augmented by a new inter-island National Submarine Cable network contracted by Ooredoo Maldives: the 1,200km nationwide system, which came into service at the end of 2016, supports traffic demand arising from increased use of mobile broadband and fibre. In 2016 international internet bandwidth increased 37%.

Key developments:

  • Ooredoo launches ‘Faseyha Home Broadband’ service nationally via its LTE network
  • Dhiraagu completes upgrade of the fixed broadband network in Malé
  • Ooredoo and Huawei Marine complete nationwide submarine cable project
  • mobile penetration passes 250%
  • Ooredoo Maldives completes IPO
  • both mobile operators extend national LTE coverage
  • report update includes the regulator’s market data to August 2016, operator data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Dhiraagu, Wataniya, Ooredoo Maldives, Focus Infocom, Thuraya, Cable & Wireless Communications.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
    • 5.2 Telecommunications plans
    • 5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.4 Telecommunications Regulation 2003
  • 6. Fixed network operators
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1.1 Domestic satellite service
      • 7.2 International infrastructure
        • 7.2.1 Satellite networks
        • 7.2.2 Submarine cable networks
    • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
      • 8.1 Government Network of the Maldives (GNM)
      • 8.2 Broadband statistics
      • 8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
        • 8.3.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
        • 8.3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • 8.3.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • 8.3.4 Other fixed broadband services
        • 8.3.5 Satellite internet
    • 9. Mobile market
      • 9.1 Market analysis
      • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.3 Regulatory issues
        • 9.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.4 Mobile broadband
      • 9.5 Mobile infrastructure
        • 9.5.1 Digital networks
      • 9.6 Major mobile operators
        • 9.6.1 Dhiraagu (DhiMobile)
        • 9.6.2 Ooredoo Maldives (formerly Wataniya Telecom)
    • 10. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Country statistics Maldives – 2017 (e)
    • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 7 – Maldives’ GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 8 – Dhiraagu financial data – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
    • Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 11 – Fixed-line subscribers by region – August 2017
    • Table 12 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
    • Table 13 – Historical - Internet users – 1996 - 2009
    • Table 14 – Internet users – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 15 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2018
    • Table 16 – Cable modem subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 17 – DSL subscribers – 2002 - 2016
    • Table 18 – FttP) subscribers – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Historical - Mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 20 – Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 21 – Postpaid and prepaid mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 22 – Mobile operators and service launch
    • Table 23 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 24 – Dhiraagu mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2015
    • Table 25 – Ooredoo Maldives mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 26 – Ooredoo Maldives financial data – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 27 – Ooredoo Maldives mobile ARPU – 2011 - 2017
    • Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2006 – 2018
    • Chart 2 - Internet users - 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2018

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    Last updated 17 Oct 2017
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    Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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