Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The telecommunications sector in Bahrain is robust and progressive and it contributes about 4% a year to the Kingdom's GDP. Bahrain is striving to drive further growth in the telecoms sector in 2020 by ensuring it is competitive and adaptable to market dynamics. It has the added pressure of coping with the impact from the global Covid-19 outbreak and ensuring provision of adequate Internet services and applications to home-based citizens.
The major telecoms operators include Batelco, STC Bahrain and Zain Bahrain. The industry is regulated by Telecommunications Regulator (TRA) which has been working hard to resolve any regulatory or spectrum hurdles in readiness for 5G. This government support, along with proactive operators, resulted in Batelco launching the first commercial 5G network in Bahrain in mid-2019.
Batelco also undertook a significant operational restructure in 2019 and launched Bahrain's National Broadband Network operated by BNET. Bahrain's telecommunications industry is guided by its Fourth National Telecommunications Plan which focuses on fibre-optic infrastructure deployment and establishing affordable prices for high-speed access.
Overall, the mobile broadband sector is poised for growth with 4G networks in place and a high mobile subscriber penetration paving the way for adoption.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains all around the world. During this time, the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device and ICT equipment production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to source necessary equipment or manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may also be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services is likely to be impacted by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. In contrast, demand for Internet services will rise with citizens at home using it for work, education, socialising, and entertainment.
It is largely unknown what the long-term impacts will be as the crisis develops. However, though challenging to predict and interpret, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts and text contained in this report.
In addition, the report covers the responses of the telecom operators, as well as government. This might be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.
This BuddeComm report provides statistics and analysis on the key sectors of Bahrain's telecom market, presenting an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and services, telecom infrastructure, mobile operators, and mobile infrastructure, supported by statistics. The report includes a range of subscriber forecasts through to 2024.

Key developments:

There is evidence that fixed-broadband penetration is rising in Bahrain.
In mid-2019 the TRA renewed the mobile frequency licences held by Batelco and Zain for another ten-year period.
Zain Bahrain's data revenues have been steadily increasing since at least 2015.
The TRA was offering more mobile spectrum for tender in mid-2019.
Batelco's split into two divisions was formally finalised in May 2019.

Companies covered in this report include:

Batelco, STC Bahrain, Zain Bahrain, Kalaam Telecom.

1 Key statistics
2 Middle East - regional market comparison
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
3 Country overview
4 Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
4.1 Global implications
4.2 Economic considerations and responses
4.3 Impact on Bahrain
5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Market analsis
6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Overview
6.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
6.4 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
6.5 Interconnect
6.6 Access
6.7 Number portability
6.8 Privatisation
6.9 Wholesaling
6.10 Mobile network developments
6.11 Subscriber registration
6.12 Roaming tariff reduction
6.13 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
6.14 OTT providers
6.15 Spectrum developments
7 Mobile communications
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile voice
7.4 Mobile broadband statistics
7.5 Mobile infrastructure
7.6 Major mobile operators
7.7 Mobile handsets
8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Historical overview
8.2 Market analysis
9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Overview
9.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
9.3 Alternative operators
10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 National telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
11 Smart infrastructure
11.1 E-banking and e-payments
12 Appendix Historic data
13 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Bahrain - 2020
Table 2 Bahrain - GDP and inflation 2012 2019
Table 3 Bahrain current operators and services - 2019
Table 4 Bahrain - telecom sector revenue 2006 2018
Table 5 Bahrain - telecom sector revenue breakdown 2013 2018
Table 6 Bahrain - mobile sector ARPU 2013 2018
Table 7 Bahrain - mobile number accepted portability requests 2017 Q1 2019
Table 8 Bahrain - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2009 2024
Table 9 Bahrain - total prepaid mobile subscribers - 2009 Q1 2019
Table 10 Bahrain - retail mobile market revenue 2012 2018
Table 11 Bahrain - mobile ARPS 2012 2018
Table 12 Bahrain - mobile subscribers with active mobile broadband subscriptions 2010 2024
Table 13 Batelco Bahrain revenue by segment 2018; 2019
Table 14 Batelco total group mobile subscribers 2008 Q1 2018
Table 15 Zain Bahrain revenue, EBITDA and ARPU - 2008 2019
Table 16 - Zain Bahrain market share of mobile data revenues 2015 2019
Table 17 Bahrain - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 - 2024
Table 18 Batelco revenue for Group and Bahrain 2009 2019
Table 19 Bahrain - fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 20 Historic Bahrain - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 2008
Table 21 Historic Bahrain - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2008
Table 22 Historic - Bahrain - telecom sector revenue 2006; 2007
Table 23 Historic - Bahrain - total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 2008
Table 24 Historic - Batelco revenue for Group and Bahrain 2005 2008
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration
Chart 3 Mobile subscriptions forecast to rise in Bahrain 2009 2024
Chart 4 Bahrain mobile broadband subscriber growth 2009 2024

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