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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Telecommunications revenues rising in the Kingdom of Bahrain

There are many positive developments occurring in the liberalised telecoms market of Bahrain. Telecommunications industry revenues are rising, mobile penetration is very high and mobile data is growing faster than voice. There are now over 2.6 million mobile subscriptions in the Kingdom and penetration sits at around 180%.

Consumers are reaping the benefit of competition which has led to a decline in prices for services. Roaming costs have also dropped and will continue to do so for the next few years. The unlicensed mobile sector, led by handset devices has resulted in a revenue growth.

With mobile subscribers accounting for the majority of broadband subscriptions in Bahrain, the operators are focusing heavily on improving mobile infrastructure. LTE networks are well established, and the operators are now looking towards new services like VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and the potential of 5G in the future.

Bahrain's Fourth National Telecommunications Plan was prepared by the end of 2015 and given approval by the Ministry in May 2016. It will focus on fibre-optic infrastructure and affordable prices for high-speed access. It also includes 5G development and readiness. In 2018 progress continues on the build-out of Bahrain's NBN, which is being overseen by the TRA.

Key developments:

Infrastructure-based competition has been essential to growth; ADSL was once the dominant means of broadband access prior to widespread adoption of mobile broadband.

In 2018 VIVA Bahrain acquired ISP, MENA Telecom.

In mid 2017 biometric SIM registration was introduced in Bahrain and a decline in mobile subscribers followed.

In 2017 the first successful trial of 5G was conducted in Bahrain.

Consumers in Bahrain and other Gulf countries are beginning to enjoy price reductions on roaming rates.

Companies covered in this report include:

Batelco, MenaTelecom, Kalaam Telecom, 2Connect, Noorsat, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Telecommunications market
3.2.1 Market analysis
3.3 Recent developments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Overview
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
4.3.1 First National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.2 Second National Telecommunications Plan and planned measures
4.3.3 Third National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.4 Fourth National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.5 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Access
4.6 Number portability
4.7 Privatisation
5. Fixed network operators in Bahrain
5.1 Overview
5.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
5.2.1 Historical overview
5.2.2 Recent developments
5.3 Alternative operators
5.3.1 MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA)
5.3.2 Kalaam Telecom
5.3.3 2Connect (revoked)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.2.3 Noorsat
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 M2M/IoT/Big Data
7.2 Smart energy
8. Wholesaling
8.1 Overview
9. Broadband access market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
9.3.1 Historical overview
9.3.2 Key developments
9.3.3 National Broadband Network (NBN)
9.4 Other fixed broadband services
9.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
9.4.2 iBurst
10. Digital economy
10.1 Introduction
10.2 e-Commerce
10.2.1 Sharing economy
10.3 e-Banking
10.4 e-Government
10.5 e-Health
10.6 e-Education
11. Digital media
11.1 Videostreaming
11.1.1 Introduction
11.1.2 Video-based services
11.1.3 Broadband TV (IPTV)
11.2 VoIP
11.3 Music
11.4 On line gaming and gambling
12. Mobile communications
12.1 Market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.2.1 General statistics
12.3 Mobile voice
12.3.1 Prepaid
12.3.2 Mobile data
12.4 Mobile broadband statistics
12.5 Regulatory issues
12.5.1 Second mobile licence
12.5.2 Third mobile licence
12.5.3 Prepaid subscriber registration
12.5.4 Roaming tariff reduction
12.5.5 MNP
12.6 Mobile infrastructure
12.6.1 Brief intro analogue networks
12.6.2 Digital networks
12.6.3 5G
12.7 Major mobile operators
12.7.1 Batelco
12.7.2 Zain Bahrain
12.7.3 Viva Bahrain / STC Bahrain
12.8 Mobile content and applications
12.8.1 Carrier billing
12.8.2 M-banking
12.9 Mobile handsets
13. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2018
Table 2 Telecom revenue statistic 2016
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2018
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017
Table 5 Mobile statistics Q3 2017
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Bahrain - GDP and inflation 2012 - 2018
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue 2006 - 2016
Table 9 Telecom sector revenue breakdown 2013 - 2016
Table 10 Batelco revenue and profit 2005 9M 2017
Table 11 Historical - Batelco revenue by division - 2005 2015
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2004
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Table 14 Historical - ARPU for National calls 2010 - 2014
Table 15 Internet users and penetration estimates - 2011 - 2018
Table 16 Fixed and mobile broadband subscribers Q3 2016 Q3 2017
Table 17 Broadband sector revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 18 Fixed broadband market share of technologies - 2016
Table 19 Bahrain IPTV subscribers Q1 2013; Q1 2014; Q1 2015
Table 20 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 21 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 Q3 2017
Table 22 Retail mobile market revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 23 Mobile ARPS 2012 - 2016
Table 24 Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 Q3 2017
Table 25 Historical - Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2015
Table 26 Historical - SMS message sent 2008 - 2013
Table 27 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 Q3 2017
Table 28 Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests 2011 Q3 2016
Table 29 Batelco total group mobile subscribers 2005 Q3 2017
Table 30 Zain Bahrain revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX and ARPU - 2005 9M 2017
Exhibit 1 Bahrain National fixed voice services operators

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