Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Customers benefit from progressive telecoms market in Qatar

Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and a leader in the Middle East. In 2016 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.

Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile.

Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Company (QNBN) was appointed to operate the network and offer wholesale broadband capacity to both Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar. Much of this development is being driven by a forward thinking and supportive government.

In mid-2016 another milestone was reached for Qatar with the landing of the AAE-1 submarine cable. Ooredoo was one of the key consortium members for the project and envisions faster global routing and more reliable bandwidth for the citizens of Qatar. AAE-1 links to the major Internet hubs of Asia-Africa and Europe.

Increasing international capacity will also assist in Qatar’s long term development goals as stated in its National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar firmly has its sights set on being a Smart City of the future and the hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is attributing to the fast development of smart infrastructure initiatives.

Table 1 – Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2016

Sector 2013 2016
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed broadband 0.215 0.257
Fixed-line telephony 0.412 0.431
Mobile phone 3.31 3.85

Key developments:

  • In August 2016 Ooredoo completed the landing of the AAE-1 submarine in Qatar.
  • Both VoLTE and LTE-A services have been launched in Qatar over the past twelve months or so.
  • In June 2015, the CRA announced Qatar would have mandatory reductions to roaming charges for voice calls, SMS, and mobile data coming into initial effect on the 1st of April 2016.
  • Qatar’s second independent satellite is currently under construction with plans that Es’hail 2 would be launched in in the third quarter of 2017.
  • Companies covered 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 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
    • 10.1.1 Introduction
      • 10.2 Advertising
      • 10.3 Videostreaming
        • 10.3.1 Introduction
        • 10.3.2 Major players
      • 10.4 Social media
        • 10.4.1 Introduction
      • 10.5 Communications: VoIP
        • 10.5.1 Introduction
      • 10.6 On line gaming and gambling
        • 10.6.1 Introduction
    • 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 – Key telecom parameters – 2013; 2016
    • Table 2 – Country statistics – Qatar - 2016
    • Table 3 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2015
    • Table 4 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
    • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2016
    • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016
    • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 8 – GDP growth and inflation – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Ooredoo Group revenue and net profit – 2005 – 1H 2016
    • Table 10 – Ooredoo Qatar revenue and net profit – 2005 – 1H 2016
    • Table 11 –Ooredoo Qatar customers and blended ARPU – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 12 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2016
    • Table 13 – Internet penetration – 1995 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Household PC penetration – 2007 - 2015
    • Table 16 – International Internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2015
    • Table 17 - Facebook Stats for Qatar compared to Middle Eastern countries as at July 2015
    • Table 18 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
    • Table 19 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 20 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 21 – Ooredoo and Vodafone – prepaid share – 2000 - 2014
    • Table 22 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 23 – Ooredoo Qatar – blended ARPU - 2009 - 2015
    • Table 24 – Ooredoo Qatar subscribers – 2007 - 2015
    • Table 25 – Vodafone Qatar – financial data – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 26 –Vodafone Qatar – subscribers and ARPU – 2009 - 2016

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