Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

High focus on fixed and mobile broadband in Qatar

The focus of fixed broadband network deployment has firmly shifted to fibre in Qatar, with the number of DSL connections declining by around 100,000 since they reached their peak in 2011. Today, 99% of households are in areas covered by a fibre network and Qatar offers some of the fastest average internet speeds in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

Qatar’s mobile sector is also very progressive with LTE networks in place and significant activity taking place regarding 5G development. Qatar is considered to be one of the most highly connected markets in the Middle East and the consumers are becoming more and more savvy in their use of digital technology services. Recently consumers have embraced bundled packages, with both the uptake of double and triple-play increasing considerably, assisting the operators in their attempts to diversify operations.

Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and a leader in the Middle East. The country has a vast array of networks and services on offer including 4G, VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and fibre-based technologies. It is also looking towards a future based on 5G.

Key developments:

  • There is lack of competition in the fixed market in Qatar.
  • Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile.
  • Mobile revenues in 2016 reflected that Qatar’s mobile market had matured.
  • Increasing international capacity will assist in Qatar’s long term development goals as stated in its National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Ooredoo Qatar, Vodafone Qatar, Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Market analysis
    • 3.3 Key recent developments
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Historic overview
      • 4.1.1 Telecommunications Law 2006
      • 4.1.2 Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
    • 4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
    • 4.4 Privatisation
    • 4.5 Interconnect
    • 4.6 Access
    • 4.7 Wholesale transmission
  • 5. Fixed network operator
    • 5.1 Ooredoo Qatar/Qtel
      • 5.1.1 Historical overview - Qtel
      • 5.1.2 Recent developments
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 6.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
      • 6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 6.2.2 New developments such as NGN, fibre networks etc
      • 6.2.3 Satellite networks
      • 6.2.4 Specific IT developments (data centres, cloud computing)
  • 7. Smart infrastructure
    • 7.1 M2M/IoT
    • 7.2 Smart grids
    • 7.3 Smart cities
  • 8. Broadband access market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 8.1.1 Market analysis
      • 8.1.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 8.3 Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
      • 8.3.1 Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)
      • 8.3.2 Vodafone Qatar
      • 8.3.3 Ooredoo
    • 8.4 Wireless Broadband
      • 8.4.1 WiFi
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 e-Commerce
    • 9.3 e-Banking
    • 9.4 e-Government
    • 9.5 e-Health
    • 9.6 e-Education
      • 9.6.1 Knowledge Net (KNET)
  • 10. Digital media
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 Bundled offers
    • 10.3 Advertising
    • 10.4 Videostreaming
      • 10.4.1 Introduction
      • 10.4.2 Major players
    • 10.5 Social media
    • 10.6 VoIP
    • 10.7 On line gaming and gambling
  • 11. Mobile communications
    • 11.1 Market analysis
    • 11.2 Mobile statistics
      • 11.2.1 General statistics
      • 11.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 11.2.3 Mobile data
    • 11.3 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 11.4 Regulatory issues
      • 11.4.1 Second mobile licence
      • 11.4.2 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
      • 11.4.3 Roaming tariff reduction
      • 11.4.4 NP
    • 11.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 11.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
      • 11.5.2 Digital networks
    • 11.6 Major mobile operators
      • 11.6.1 Ooredoo Qatar
      • 11.6.2 Vodafone Qatar
    • 11.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 11.7.1 m-commerce
      • 11.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
      • 11.7.3 m-TV
      • 11.7.4 m-health
    • 11.8 Mobile handsets
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – Qatar - 2017
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – GDP growth and inflation – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Ooredoo Group revenue and net profit – 2005 – 1Q 2017
  • Table 9 – Ooredoo Qatar revenue and net profit – 2005 – 1Q 2017
  • Table 10 – Ooredoo Qatar customers 2010 – Q1 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Historical - internet penetration – 1995 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Internet penetration and users – 2016; 2017
  • Table 14 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Household PC penetration – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 16 – International Internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 18 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Ooredoo and Vodafone – prepaid share – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Ooredoo Qatar – blended ARPU - 2009 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Ooredoo Qatar subscribers – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Vodafone Qatar – financial data – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Vodafone Qatar – mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2017

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