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.
TeleYemen, Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), Yemen Mobile, SabaFon, MTN Yemen, Y Telecom, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), DARE submarine cable consortium.
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Last updated 28 Aug 2019
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