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Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

A highly competitive and evolved mobile sector exists in Kuwait

The deployment of fixed broadband has been steady but slow in Kuwait. In the last couple of years fixed services have begun to make inroads but penetration is still low compared to other countries and there is no NBN policy in place.

Fibre subscribers account for around a quarter of all fixed broadband subscriptions The government recognises that the existing copper based infrastructure will not keep up with the data demands of the future.

Kuwait's telecom sector is characterized by a highly developed mobile sector with many multiple subscriptions. Mobile represents the majority of total broadband connections.

The three major mobile providers in Kuwait (Zain, Ooredoo, Viva) are highly competitive and while Zain has the highest market share of about 38%, the other two are not far behind, capturing over 30% each as well. Viva joined the market in 2008 and rose quickly to capture market share against the existing two players.

With such a vibrant and well established mobile sector at play, the large operators are now moving towards offering more value-added services as well as technology and network upgrades. In the past year or so, Zain Kuwait, for example, has launched M2M services for corporate customers as well as VoLTE services. Zain Kuwait also recently conducted successful tests of 4.5G technology in conjunction with Huawei.

Viva, Zain and Ooredoo have all turned their attention towards LTE-A. The involvement of Huawei has been pivotal to the development of LTE-A in Kuwait which was initially deployed in the enterprise sector due to a lack of required chipsets and antennas.

Key telecom parameters 2013; 2016
Sector | 2013 | 2016
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed broadband | 0.047 | 0.240
Fixed-line telephony | 0.508 | 0.470
Mobile phone | 6.41 | 8.90
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)

Key developments:

Zain Kuwait's data revenues grew by around 8% in 2015 (in local currency).
Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) is an important and influential investment company in Kuwait. KIPCO has been a major player in the Kuwaiti communications industry.
With mobile penetration at high levels, focus has shifted to the mobile data market. All three operators have upgraded networks to support faster downlink speeds and are increasingly focused on mobile content and applications.

The launch of the new Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) took place in February 2016.

Subscribers to FttH/FttB services in Kuwait account for around 25% of all fixed broadband subscribers.

Companies covered in this report include:

Ministry of Communications, Qualitynet, Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), KIPCO, Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain, Ooredoo Kuwait, Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva, Fasttelco.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview
3.2 Market analysis
3.3 Recent developments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Privatisation
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Ministry of Communications
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Fibre networks
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite communication
7. Broadband access market
8. Introduction and statistical overview
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
8.5 Other fixed broadband services
8.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-Commerce
9.1.1 Start-ups
9.2 e-Banking
9.3 e-Government
9.4 e-Health
9.5 e-Education
10. Digital media
10.1 Digital advertising in the Middle East
10.2 Videostreaming
10.3 Social media
10.4 VoIP
10.5 Music
10.6 On line gaming and gambling
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.2 Mobile voice services
11.2.1 Prepaid
11.2.2 Satellite mobile
11.3 Mobile broadband statistics
11.4 Regulatory issues
11.4.1 Third mobile operator
11.4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.4.3 Roaming tariff reduction
11.4.4 Spectrum refarming for LTE
12. Mobile infrastructure
12.1 Analogue networks
12.2 Digital networks
12.2.1 GSM, 3G
12.2.2 LTE, LTE-A
12.3 Other infrastructure developments
12.3.1 VoLTE
12.4 IoT and M2M networks
13. Major mobile operators
13.1 Zain Kuwait
13.1.1 International expansion
13.2 Ooredoo Kuwait
13.3 Viva
14. Mobile content and applications
14.1 SMS and MMS
14.2 OTT messaging services
14.3 m-TV
14.4 m-advertising
14.5 m-banking
15. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics - Kuwait 2016
Table 2 Telecom services revenue statistic 2014
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2016
Table 9 Kuwait - Internet pricing guide - 2016
Table 10 Top six countries broadband basket pricing comparison - 2014
Table 11 Internet users and penetration 1995 - 2016
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2016
Table 13 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2015
Table 14 FttH/FttB subscribers and homes passed September 2015
Table 14 Social network advertising revenue- Middle East compared to other regions 2013 - 2015
Table 15 - Facebook Stats for Kuwait and Middle East as at July 2015
Table 16 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 17 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 18 Mobile operators' market share 2005 - 2015
Table 19 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2015
Table 20 Zain and Ooredoo prepaid share 2005 - 2015
Table 21 Zain Total daily data volume 2010 - 2014
Table 22 Zain Group subscribers, revenue and profit 2002 1H 2016
Table 23 Zain Kuwait revenue, income, ARPU and subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 24 Ooredoo Kuwait financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 25 Ooredoo Kuwait prepaid, postpaid, and mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 26 - Viva revenue, net profit, EBITDA, and subscribers 2009 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile operators' market share 2009 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO)
Exhibit 1 New regulator for Kuwait seen as a positive step
Exhibit 1 Middle East offers online advertising potential

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