Yemen - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Telecom services in Yemen impacted by civil unrest

Yemen is a unique and challenging market for telecommunications providers to operate in, with the civil unrest causing havoc and devastation on many levels. Currently around 75% of the population reportedly needs humanitarian assistance and amidst this volatile environment, essential infrastructure is often targeted and destroyed or damaged, including important telecoms equipment like mobile phone towers and fibre-optic cabling, along with electricity and healthcare services.

The ownership of telecommunication services and the subsequent revenues raised, have increasingly become a political issue in Yemen. In 2019 it was reported that the internationally recognised government had moved Tele Yemen’s headquarters from Sanaa into Aden, in order to regain control of it.

Supplying basic telecommunications services to the community has become extremely challenging in Yemen. It is difficult to perform maintenance on infrastructure in areas of open conflict and ensure the safety of staff.

However, it is also vital that emergency communications services are available in order to convey warnings to citizens; allow aid organisations to co-ordinate their efforts; facilitate crisis mapping and provide information regarding access to food and medical relief.

Until telecommunications infrastructure can be improved across Yemen and the civil unrest stabilises – there will be very little progress ahead for the sector in the short term. This BuddeComm report provides insight and statistics into Yemen’s telecommunication sector including the mobile, fixed and broadband sectors.

Please note: Yemen can be a difficult market to research given the volatile civil unrest and rising concerns regarding famine. All recent statistics are estimated only as the current situation is largely unknown. There is reportedly significant destruction to telecoms infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • Yemen had done much to upgrade and expand its telecom sector prior to the civil unrest. However tele-density remains among the lowest in the Arab states, reflecting Yemen's status as one of the poorest countries in the region.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

TeleYemen, Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), Yemen Mobile, SabaFon, MTN Yemen, Y Telecom, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), DARE submarine cable consortium.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market overview
    • Key industry considerations
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Internet governance
  • Fixed network operators in Yemen

    • TeleYemen/Yemen International Telecommunication Company
    • Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Historic developments
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite
      • Submarine cable
  • Broadband access market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Historical overview
      • Market overview
      • Broadband statistics
  • Digital economy

    • e-Commerce/m-commerce
  • Mobile communications

    • Historical overview
    • Market overview
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Regulatory issues
      • GSM licences awarded
      • Third GSM licence
    • Mobile infrastructure
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Yemen
      • SabaFon
      • TeleYemen/Yemen Mobile
      • HiTS Unitel/Y Telecom
  • Appendix – historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Country statistics – Yemen - 2019
  • Table 2 – Yemen – GDP and inflation – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Yemen - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 4 – Yemen - Households with Internet access and Internet penetration – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Yemen - fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 6 – Yemen - International Internet bandwidth – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Yemen - mobile subscriptions and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Yemen - active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2011 - 2019
  • Table 9 – MTN Yemen - subscribers, ARPU, and market share – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 10 – MTN Yemen – revenue – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 11 – SabaFon subscribers – 2004 – 2017 Q2
  • Table 12 – Historic - Yemen - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2008
  • Table 13 – Historic - Yemen - Fixed broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 14 – Historic - International Internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2006

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