Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q3 2018
BMI View: Following several regulatory initiatives to limit the number of SIMs per person and to identify the owner of every SIM,which led to strong discounting of SIMs between 2016 and the beginning of 2017, we believe the market was largely corrected byH217. It is still heavily saturated and we, therefore, expect only moderate growth in mobile subscribers to 2022. We believe growthwill come from migration to 4G and above given the operators’ strong investment into developing their 4.5G and 5G capabilities, andVAS as well as the development of the IoT. As operators adapt their strategies to the unified licensing regime and the government issupporting investments into fiber infrastructure, we believe in a strong uptake of fiber services, especially among businesses.Operators' ARPU figures will increase, as operators leave MVNOs to cater to low-cost prepaid subscribers and are focusing on morelucrative services.
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