Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Bahrain develops robust telecoms infrastructure for the future
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 2025.

Key developments:

STC and Zain Bahrain launch 5G commercial services;
Batelco extends 5G to 95% of the population;
TRA renews mobile licences held by Batelco and Zain for another ten years;
Zain Bahrain reports steady increase in data use;
TRA offers more mobile spectrum;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for Q1 2020, operator data for Q2 2020, recent market developments.

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 market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile broadband statistics
7.4 Mobile infrastructure
7.5 Major mobile operators
7.6 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 Glossary of abbreviations
14 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Bahrain 2020 (e)
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 Change in the number of mobile numbers ported 2011 2020
Table 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Table 9 Change in the number of prepaid mobile subscribers - 2009 2020
Table 10 Development of retail mobile market revenue 2012 2018
Table 11 Bahrain - mobile ARPS 2012 2018
Table 12 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 13 Batelco Bahrain revenue by segment 2018 - 2019
Table 14 Batelco total group mobile subscribers 2008 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 Development of Batelco Group revenue 2009 2020
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 Change in the number of mobile numbers ported 2011 2020
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 2025
Chart 5 Change in the number of prepaid mobile subscribers - 2009 2020
Chart 6 Development of retail mobile market revenue 2012 2018
Chart 7 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Development of Batelco Group revenue 2009 2020

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