Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Qatar is a telecoms leader in the Middle East
Qatar is considered one of the regional leaders in terms of its telecoms maturity; having one of the highest fixed and mobile penetrations in the Middle East region. Qatar has also become one of the more progressive countries globally in terms of its progress towards 5G.
The mobile sector is led by Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar. In 2018 Ooredoo Qatar claimed it had deployed the first commercial 5G network in the world and in May 2018 it switched on its live 3.5GHz 5G (Non-Standalone) New Radio (NR) network. During 2019 Ooredoo Qatar further announced it had deployed over 90 5G base stations. Vodafone Qatar is also demonstrating significant progress towards 5G and has also deployed 5G networks based on New Radio (NR) in the 3.5GHz frequency.
Qatari citizens are some of the largest users of the Internet in the Middle East and have embraced Over-The-Top (OTT) services. The operators continue to improve and upgrade their fibre-based broadband networks. In 2019 for example, Vodafone Qatar was upgrading its fibre based networks to support Gigabit speeds.
This valuable report provides analyses, information, industry statistics and insights into Qatar’s progressive telecoms sector.
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.
The CRA increased its powers in 2018, allowing it greater scrutiny of the operators.
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
Regional fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Telecommunications Law 2006
Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009
Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
Fixed network operator
Historical overview – Qtel
Rebranded as Ooredoo Qatar
Overview of the national telecom network
Submarine cable networks
Data centre/data management
Broadband access market
Introduction and statistical overview
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)
Mobile broadband statistics
Increased executive powers
Second mobile licence
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
Roaming tariff reduction
Major mobile operators
Mobile content and applications
Appendix – Historic data
List of Tables
Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Qatar – 2019
Table 2 – Qatar – GDP and inflation – 2012 – 2019
Table 3 – Ooredoo Group revenue, EBITDA and net profit – 2009 – 1H 2019
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