Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Ooredoo Maldives reached 75% FttP coverage

Revenue from the telecom sector in the Maldives is limited by the relatively small local population, though it is supported by a considerable influx of tourists. 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. Steady growth in recent years has attracted international investment, including the Qatar-based Ooredoo Group.

The two licensed operators, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Ooredoo Maldives, have both invested in HSPA and LTE infrastructure, providing national coverage with both technologies following substantial investment. This development has encouraged the take-up of mobile broadband services among subscribers. In late 2018 Dhiraagu trialled 5G technology, though commercial services have not yet been considered given the existing capabilities of LTE.

Both Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Maldives also provide fixed-line services and have greatly expanded the reach of their respective fibre networks.

The country has given priority to telecom infrastructure upgrades, with considerable success. There is a well-developed national network, and in recent years investment has been extended to outlying islands, following a period when commercial considerations focussed such investment in the capital Malé as well as in tourist resorts.

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.

Key developments:

  • Ooredoo Maldives launches VoLTE services;
  • Dhiraagu extends reach of its FttP service to three-quarters of the population, trials 5G technology;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to February 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecommunications plans
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Telecommunications Regulation 2003
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile regulatory issues
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile broadband
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • Major mobile operators
      • Dhiraagu (DhiMobile)
      • Ooredoo Maldives (formerly Wataniya Telecom)
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Government Network of the Maldives (GNM)
    • Broadband statistics
      • Other fixed broadband services
      • Satellite internet
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Domestic satellite service
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable networks
  • Fixed network operators

  • Appendix

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Maldives – 2018
  • Table 2 – Mobile operators and service launch
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line subscribers by region – February 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Change in Maldives’ GDP growth rate – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Development of telecom sector revenue and growth trend - 2009 – 2020
  • Chart 3 – Growth trend in mobile subscribers and penetration - 2008 – 2023
  • Chart 4 – Evolution of contract and prepaid mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Growth in mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Development of Dhiraagu revenue and profit (in MVR) – 2014 - 2019
  • Chart 7 – Development of Dhiraagu revenue and profit (in Dinar) – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 8 – Development of Ooredoo Maldives’ mobile subscriber base – 2006 - 2019
  • Chart 9 – Growth in Ooredoo Maldives’ revenue – 2006 - 2019
  • Chart 10 – Development of Ooredoo Maldives’ mobile ARPU – 2006 - 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2023
  • Chart 12 – Growth Proportion of fixed broadband connections by platform
  • Chart 13 – Ooredoo Maldives fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 14 - Decline in fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2006 – 2023
  • Chart 15 – Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 16 – Change in Dhiraagu revenue by segment – 2017 – 2018
  • Chart 17 – Strong growth in Ooredoo Maldives fixed-line subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Historic – Growth in the mobile subscriber base – 1998 – 2009
  • Chart 19 – Historic – Growth in the internet user base – 1996 – 2014
  • Chart 20 – Historic – Development of fixed voice connections and penetration – 1995 – 2009

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Number of pages 51

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Last updated 16 Jul 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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