Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market

Publication Overview

This valuable report on the fixed broadband sector in the Middle East provides information on trends and developments. The report provides key information, analysis and statistics on the fixed broadband sectors for the following countries: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Researcher:- Kylie Wansink
Current publication date:- October 2017 (3rd Edition)

Executive Summary

Fixed broadband deployment varied across the Middle East

The fixed broadband market in the Middle East is slowly beginning to gain traction in the more progressive markets. Overall however, regional penetration remains low. ADSL has been the most popular access method in many markets, but we are now seeing countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Turkey take significant strides in fibre-optic deployment and penetration.

Mobile services have reached saturation in some markets (Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) and it has become clear that future telecoms growth will revolve around broadband services. This has led many of the various governments and operators towards a renewed push to improve both mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure.

Progressive growth of fibre-optic deployment has been identified in markets which have a National Broadband policy in place and a supportive government which is willing to invest in fixed infrastructure (e.g. United Arab Emirates and Qatar). In addition, countries where the operators are also willing to make infrastructure investments in co-operation with the government; seem to be progressing faster and in a more co-operative manner.

The use of broadband services in Saudi Arabia, for example, is being partly driven by an increasing number of high tech projects which are strongly supported by the government; along with the government’s own transition to digital technologies and e-government services.

  • DSL subscriptions still account for the largest proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions in both Saudi Arabia and Syria.
  • The FttP market is beginning to grow more rapidly in Bahrain.
  • Iranian-net is currently deploying a fibre network in Iran.
  • The fixed broadband market is still considered to be in the emerging stages in Iraq.
  • There is an increasing availability of fibre networks in Israel.
  • A national broadband network is currently being built in Jordan.
  • Fibre based broadband deployments are slowly growing in Kuwait with thousands of connections available.
  • There is a renewed focus on developing fibre networks in Lebanon.
  • A national broadband strategy is being implemented in Oman.
  • Internet cafes are prolific in Qatar.
  • Fixed broadband services based on fibre are growing quite quickly in both Turkey and the UAE.
  • TeleYemen (YemenNet) continues to be the only provider of DSL services in Yemen.

This unique report provides a regional overview of the fixed broadband sector in the Middle East where many variances exist in the state of fixed broadband progress. The countries covered include Bahrain; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; Turkey; United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Included are key industry statistics; market analysis and fixed broadband subscriber data.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Regional analysis
    • 1.1 Key statistics
  • 2. Bahrain
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
      • 2.3.1 Historical overview
      • 2.3.2 Recent developments
      • 2.3.3 National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • 2.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 2.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
      • 2.4.2 iBurst
  • 3. Iran
    • 3.1 Market analysis
      • 3.1.1 Censorship
    • 3.2 Broadband statistics
    • 3.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers
    • 3.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 3.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 3.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 3.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
    • 3.7 Competition issues
      • 3.7.1 ISP market
  • 4. Iraq
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 Internet statistics
    • 4.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 4.4 Satellite broadband
    • 4.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 4.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • 5. Israel
    • 5.1 Market analysis
    • 5.2 Broadband statistics
    • 5.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 5.4 Fibre networks
      • 5.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi)
    • 5.5 Competition issues
      • 5.5.1 Wholesale
  • 6. Jordan
    • 6.1 Market analysis
    • 6.2 Broadband and Internet statistics
    • 6.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers
      • 6.3.1 Scenario 1 – higher growth
      • 6.3.2 Scenario 2 – lower growth
    • 6.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 6.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
    • 6.7 Competition issues
      • 6.7.1 ISP market
  • 7. Kuwait
    • 7.1 Market analysis
    • 7.2 Broadband statistics
    • 7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 7.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 7.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 7.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • 8. Lebanon
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.3 Competition issues
      • 8.3.1 Data service providers
    • 8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
    • 8.6 Other fixed broadband services
      • 8.6.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
      • 8.6.2 Internet via satellite (Ku band services)
  • 9. Oman
    • 9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 9.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
    • 9.2 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
    • 9.3 Wireless broadband
      • 9.3.1 WiFi
      • 9.3.2 WiMAX
  • 10. Qatar
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Broadband statistics
    • 10.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 10.4 Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
      • 10.4.1 Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)
      • 10.4.2 Vodafone Qatar
      • 10.4.3 Ooredoo
    • 10.5 Wireless Broadband
      • 10.5.1 WiFi
  • 11. Saudi Arabia
    • 11.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 11.2 Internet access
    • 11.3 Censorship
    • 11.4 Broadband statistics
    • 11.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 11.5.1 Introduction
    • 11.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • 11.6.1 Introduction
      • 11.6.2 STC
      • 11.6.3 GO Telecom
      • 11.6.4 Mobily
    • 11.7 Other fixed broadband services
      • 11.7.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • 12. Syria
    • 12.1 Market analysis
      • 12.1.1 ISP market
    • 12.2 Broadband statistics
    • 12.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
  • 13. Turkey
    • 13.1 Market analysis
    • 13.2 Broadband statistics
    • 13.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 13.4 Cable internet
    • 13.5 Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FttC) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
      • 13.5.1 Turk Telekom
  • 14. United Arab Emirates
    • 14.1 Market analysis
      • 14.1.1 Dubai Internet City (DIC)
      • 14.1.2 Internet cafés
      • 14.1.3 VoIP
    • 14.2 Broadband statistics
    • 14.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 14.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 14.4.1 Other fixed broadband services
      • 14.4.2 Fixed wireless (WiFi, WiMAX)
      • 14.4.3 Internet via satellite
  • 15. Yemen
    • 15.1 Market analysis
    • 15.2 Broadband statistics
    • 15.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 15.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 15.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
      • Table 1 – Middle East countries – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration - 2016
      • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration estimates - 2011 - 2017
      • Table 3 – Fixed and mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2017
      • Table 4 – Broadband sector revenue – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 5 – Fixed broadband – market share of technologies - 2016
      • Table 6 – Internet users and penetration estimates – 1996 - 2017
      • Table 7 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Household PC penetration – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 9 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2019; 2024
      • Table 10 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2019; 2024
      • Table 11 – Historical - Irancell WiMAX subscribers – 2012 – 2015
      • Table 12 – Internet user penetration and estimates – 2001 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Historical - International Internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 14 – Internet users and penetration – 1997 - 2016
      • Table 15 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Bezeq fixed broadband subscribers and ARPU – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Average bundled broadband speed per Bezeq customer – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 18 – PC penetration – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 19 – International internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 20 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2015 – Q1 2016
      • Table 21 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2016
      • Table 22 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2016
      • Table 23 – Internet subscribers by access method – 2014 - Q1 2016
      • Table 24 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table 25 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2017; 2019; 2022
      • Table 26 – DSL subscribers - 2001 – Q1 2016
      • Table 27 – FttH subscribers - 2015 – Q1 2016
      • Table 28 – Kuwait - Internet pricing guide - 2016
      • Table 29 – Top six countries – broadband basket pricing comparison - 2014
      • Table 30 – Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2017
      • Table 31 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2017
      • Table 32 –Kuwait fiber connections – 2015; 2019
      • Table 33 – Internet user and penetration estimates – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 34 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 35 – Lebanon - broadband subscribers by access technology – 2013; 2015
      • Table 36 – Household PC penetration – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 37 – Internet users and penetration – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 38 – International Internet bandwidth – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 39 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 40 – Internet penetration and users – 2016; 2017
      • Table 41 – Historical - internet penetration – 1995 - 2015
      • Table 42 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 43 – Household PC penetration – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 44 – International Internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 45 – Fixed internet users and user penetration – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 46 – Fixed broadband subscriptions – technologies and penetration – 2010 – Q2 2017
      • Table 47 – Saudi Arabia – household PC penetration – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 48 – Percentage of Internet users – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 49 – Fixed broadband subscriptions – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 50 – International Internet bandwidth – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 51 – Broadband Internet subscribers and Internet user penetration rate – 2008 – 2017
      • Table 52 – ISP market share based on subscribers Q2 2013; Q2 2015; Q1 2016
      • Table 53 - Average monthly data usage per Turk Telekom broadband subscriber – 2010 – 2015
      • Table 54 – International Internet Bandwidth – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 55 – xDSL subscriptions – 2015; 2016
      • Table 56 – Cable internet subscriptions – 2015; 2016
      • Table 57 – Turk Telekom fibre subscribers – 2013; Q1 2017
      • Table 58 – UAE – internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2016
      • Table 59 – UAE – fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Etisalat fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 61 – UAE – international internet bandwidth – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 62 – UAE – Subscribers to FttH/FttB – 2015; 2016
      • Table 63 – UAE – Operators fibre broadband market share – 2015; 2016
      • Table 64 – Internet user and penetration estimates – 1997 – mid 2016
      • Table 65 – Historical - households with Internet access – 2004 - 2010
      • Table 66 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 67 - International Internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Fixed broadband subscribers and annual growth – 2010 - 2016

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Last updated 23 Oct 2017
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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