United Arab Emirates - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The UAE generally leads the Middle East Arab countries in ICT rankings, with a well-developed and technologically advanced telecom sector and high levels of mobile and broadband penetration. The UAE has two fixed network and mobile operators: the original incumbent Etisalat and operator du, which launched services in February 2007. Fixed-line competition increased recently with the TRA announcing in late 2015 that fixed network sharing had finally been implemented across the country with both operators now able to offer and market services in locations previously withheld.

Etisalat is one of the most profitable telecom organisations in the region; it is a large contributor to UAE’s economic development, (after petroleum) and one of the largest companies in the Middle East. Besides being the incumbent telco in the UAE, Etisalat operates in several other African and Asian countries.

This report provides a concise overview, backed by statistics, of the telecoms market, the regulatory background, and the fixed-line sector.

Companies covered in this report:

Etisalat; du; Yahsat

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Market overview
    • 3.2 Market analysis
    • 3.3 Key developments
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Historic overview
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
    • 4.3 Draft bill for new authority
    • 4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 4.4.1 Second operator
      • 4.4.2 Third operator
      • 4.4.3 Satellite licence
    • 4.5 Interconnect and access
    • 4.6 Fibre access
    • 4.7 Number Portability (NP)
    • 4.8 Royalty payments
    • 4.9 Censorship
  • 5. Fixed network operators in UAE
    • 5.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
    • 5.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
    • 5.3 Yahsat
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 6.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
      • 6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 6.2.2 Terrestrial cable networks
      • 6.2.3 Satellite networks
  • 7. Smart infrastructure
    • 7.1 Smart grids
    • 7.2 Smart cities
      • 7.2.1 Masdar City
    • 7.3 Connected homes
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – United Arab Emirates - country statistics – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
  • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 6 – UAE – GDP and inflation – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 7 – UAE – telecommunications revenue by sector – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Etisalat group revenue and net profit – 2005 – Q2 2017
  • Table 9 – Etisalat fixed subscribers and ARPU – 2010 – Q2 2017
  • Table 10 – du revenue breakdown and profit/loss – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 11 – du fixed line subscribers – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 12 – du fixed line subscriber market share service breakdown – 2014; 2016
  • Table 13 – UAE – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2017
  • Table 14 – UAE – domestic and international voice revenue – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 15 – UAE – international telephone revenues – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 16 – UAE – monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU – 2008 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – UAE – submarine cable networks

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Number of pages 27

Status Archived

Last updated 4 Oct 2017
Update History

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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