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.

Key developments:

  • 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

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Regional fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
      • Telecommunications Law 2006
      • Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Wholesale transmission
  • Fixed network operator

    • Ooredoo Qatar/Qtel
      • Historical overview – Qtel
      • Rebranded as Ooredoo Qatar
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Fibre network
      • Satellite networks
      • Data centre/data management
    • Smart infrastructure
      • M2M/IoT
      • Smart grids
      • Smart cities
  • Broadband access market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
      • Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)
      • Vodafone Qatar
      • Ooredoo
    • Wireless Broadband
      • WiFi
  • Digital economy

    • Introduction
    • e-Commerce
    • e-Banking
  • Mobile communications

    • Market overview
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistic
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Regulatory issues
      • Increased executive powers
      • Second mobile licence
      • Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • NP
      • Spectrum
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE
      • GSM, 3G
      • Satellite mobile
    • Major mobile operators
      • Ooredoo Qatar
      • Vodafone Qatar
    • Mobile content and applications
      • M-commerce
    • Mobile handsets
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


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
  • Table 4 – Ooredoo Qatar revenue and EBITDA – 2009 – 1H 2019
  • Table 5 – Ooredoo Qatar – blended ARPU – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Ooredoo Qatar customers 2010 – 1H 2019
  • Table 7 – Qatar - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 8 – Qatar - internet penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 10 – Qatar - household PC penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 11 – International Internet bandwidth – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers by technology – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 13 - Qatar - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 14 - Qatar – Major mobile operators’ market share – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Qatar - Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 16 - Vodafone Qatar – financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Vodafone Qatar – mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Historic - Ooredoo Group revenue, EBITDA and net profit – 2005 – 2008
  • Table 19 – Historic – Qatar - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2008
  • Table 20 – Historic - Ooredoo Qatar blended ARPU - 2010 – 2015
  • Table 21 – Historic - Ooredoo Qatar - total revenue – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 22 – Historic – Qatar - internet penetration – 1998 – 2008
  • Table 23 – Historic - Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2008
  • Table 24 – Historic - Qatar - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2008

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Middle East – Fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 2 – Qatar – fixed lines in decline – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 3 – Qatar – fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration – 2009 - 2024
  • Chart 4 – mobile subscriber growth in Qatar – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 5 – Mobile broadband subscriber growth in Qatar – 2009 – 2024

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