Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q2 2016
BMI View: The Saudi mobile market is dynamic and consumers are looking for faster data services in thewireless and wireline markets alike. Nevertheless, the mobile market is very mature and is displayingclassic signs of slowing down with penetration rates inching towards 180%. We believe that a significantnumber of inactive accounts may be present on operator books. Furthermore, organic growth in terms ofsubscribe numbers will not be present in the market over the course of our forecast period. Nevertheless, weare optimistic that the strong investments by operators in enhancing their infrastructure capabilities willhelp the market with growth opportunities. Additionally, eEnterprise solutions are becoming a main pillarfor the leading operators, with new datacentres and business solutions popping up regularly. Still, overallcompetition is keeping ARPU down and the development of infrastructure in a country as vast as SaudiArabia is quite expensive. While investing heavily into their fibre backbones, operators are thereforelooking to improve the efficiency of their infrastructure and are aiming to outsource towers.Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Mobile subscriptions reached 53.6mn according to our estimates and the penetration rate reached 179.3%at the end of December 2015, with the yearly Hajj pilgrimage customarily driving up subscriptions in Q3.
The wireline voice market grew to 4.7mn subscribers at the end of Q315 as according to regulator data.However, demand for high speed data services is driving growth in the wireline broadband segment.
Mobile broadband subscriptions climbed to 35.7mn at the end of Q315, with a rising prevalence ofsmartphones accelerating demand for data and content.
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