The civil war in Syria showed signs of stabilising in 2018 and this has raised hopes that infrastructure and economic reconstruction activities may begin. This can only be positive for the telecoms sector which has paid a heavy toll from the years of destruction. Telecommunications in Syria have become decentralized and some of the remote areas rely on expensive satellite communications while the urban areas utilise the highly regulated network supplied by the government-owned Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). Initiatives have been launched to liberalise the market in the past but without much success.
Syria has a reasonably high mobile penetration and many Syrians own cheap or second hand smart phones. Opportunities may exist for mobile broadband growth in the medium-term and development of Syria’s fixed broadband may gather pace.
Syria’s mobile market is served by a duopoly comprised of two operators, MTN Syria and Syriatel. Prepaid services have been instrumental in encouraging mobile take up by the mass market. While mobile broadband infrastructure population coverage (based predominantly on 3G) is quite high, the number of actual mobile broadband subscriptions is very low – providing potential opportunities for growth once infrastructure and economic reconstruction efforts make headway.
Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel.
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