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

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

Telecoms sector becomes increasingly important to Kuwait's economy

Kuwait offers a dynamic telecoms sector with a strong bias towards mobile infrastructure and services. The country offers opportunities due to its high penetration of mobile and vast LTE coverage - combined with an emerging mobile content and services sector.

The mobile operators in Kuwait are forging ahead and developing both infrastructure and services, with the three major operators of Zain Kuwait, VIVA and Ooredoo all offering LTE services as well as exploring 5G opportunities. In March 2017 Zain Kuwait and VIVA, in conjunction with Huawei and GSMA, successfully launched a VoLTE interconnection in Kuwait.

Kuwait has demonstrated strong growth in Internet users due primarily to the high ownership of smart phones amongst the population as well as a large number of households with access to either a computer or tablet.

The telecoms sector is growing in importance in Kuwait as the country looks to diversify its economy from its reliance on oil. The National Bank of Kuwait recently detected a year-on-year growth in profit contributed by the telecom sector.

Key developments:

In 2017 Zain agreed to sell and lease back its Passive tower infrastructure and a new entity will begin to manage it during 2018.

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 a new Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) took place in February 2016.

Kuwait is connected to 7 key international submarine cables.

Companies mentioned 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, CITRA.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - Kuwait – 2018
    • Table Telecom services profit – Q1 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2017
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2017
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2018
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Kuwait – GDP and inflation – 2012 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • PRIVATISATION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2017
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite communication
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • IOT, M2M NETWORKS
    • SMART GRIDS
  • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
  • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Kuwait - Internet pricing guide - 2016
      • Table Top six countries – broadband basket pricing comparison - 2014
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2017
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2017
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) AND FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH)
      • Table Kuwait fiber connections – 2015; 2019
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • OTT MESSAGING SERVICES
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Start-ups
    • E-BANKING
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • DIGITAL ADVERTISING IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
    • VOIP
    • MUSIC
    • ON LINE GAMING AND GAMBLING
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Mobile operators' market share – 2005 - 2017
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Kuwait - active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2015 – 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile operator
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • Spectrum refarming for LTE
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • ANALOGUE NETWORKS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • GSM, 3G
      • LTE, LTE-A, Vo-LTE
    • 5G
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • ZAIN KUWAIT
      • Table Zain Group subscribers, revenue and profit – 2005 – 2017
      • Table Zain Kuwait revenue, income, ARPU and subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Zain – prepaid share – 2005 - 2017
    • OOREDOO KUWAIT
      • Table Ooredoo Kuwait financial data and subscribers – 2016; 2017
    • VIVA
      • Table Viva revenue, net profit, EBITDA, and subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • RELATED REPORTS

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