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Middle East - Digital Media, Broadband and Internet Market and Forecasts

Middle East - Digital Media, Broadband and Internet Market and Forecasts

The Middle East is a tech-savvy region ripe for embracing new digital media developments

The Middle Eastern society as a whole; is an enthusiastic adopter of technology, digital media, online entertainment and social media. Jordan in particular has emerged as a regional tech start-up hub due to an ICT focused education system, low start up costs and business-friendly government. Its growing reputation is increasingly attracting international capital eager to tap into the region’s underserved growing online market.

Turkey also possesses a significant telecommunications market region due to its large population, which is characterised as young, increasingly urbanised and technically literate. Its developing economy has been shaped by the EU accession process.

Many countries now recognise the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development. Kuwait, for example, has taken steps to develop a digital economy with the development of national level policies for e-health and e-government as well as a number of services now available online. Saudi Arabia received praise in 2013 from the World Bank which acknowledged the kingdom’s efforts in implementing business reforms such as electronic filing and new payment systems.

Despite ongoing conflict in Syria; e-government services are available, with a national e-government policy in place to guide developments. To support e-health development, public funding has been made available for ICT equipment, software, pilot projects, skills training and scholarships. E-health initiatives in Syria also extend to the mobile sector (m-health), with m-health initiatives undertaken.

Despite the growing Internet user base across the Middle East; the lack of adequate delivery infrastructure has been cited as an impediment to digital media development, although this is improving.

Internet usage in Iran, for example, is growing due to improved accessibility brought about by competition and government initiatives. Broadband penetration in Iran is improving given the growing number of competing ISPs, made possible through a licensing scheme. Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Iran has taken steps to develop a digital economy. However this has been contradicted by Iran’s systematic and ongoing efforts to censor the Internet, with an initiative underway to deploy a “National Internet”.

Recognising the productivity benefits of fast broadband access, governments in the Middle East have endeavoured to either create regulatory conditions conducive to broadband investment or directly engaged in deploying national broadband networks.

Broadband in Oman for example represents the majority of the countries Internet connections and competition is predominantly infrastructure based.

In Israel, broadband speeds are increasing as Bezeq and HOT expand coverage of fibre access networks while the recent launch of additional submarine cables which offer ISPs an opportunity to reduce their own costs.

Broadband availability is also improving in Lebanon, with access available via DSL, fibre, WiMAX, WiFi, iBurst and 3G/LTE platforms. Despite the challenges of relatively poor infrastructure, Lebanon is home to a growing technology sector, complete with local start-up incubators, designed to provide seed funding and mentoring to technology entrepreneurs.

Broadband Internet in Iraq is available through a variety of platforms, including ADSL, satellite, WiMAX, CDMA and mobile broadband. Internet cafes are a popular Internet access method given low PC ownership.

National Broadband Network (NBN) development is underway in some markets with Qatar being one example of a country embarking on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Bahrain also recognises the socioeconomic advantages of a connected society and has deployed its own National Broadband Network (NBN), using infrastructure from the national Electricity and Water utility company and promising speeds of up to 1Gb/s.

Despite the Middle East having some issues to overcome such as political unrest, lack of infrastructure and poverty in some markets; there is much to be positive about in this emerging tech-savvy region. Progress towards establishing better fixed and mobile infrastructure will only continue to fuel the growing demand for digital media and entertainment services, such as online video and IPTV.

In particular, the UAE may well attract international interest in the future from OTT video service providers due to its established and growing broadband population and substantial purchasing power of a tech savvy population. Domestic incumbent Etisalat has already positioned itself in this market with its multi-screen OTT TV and VoD service called eLife.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • MIDDLE EAST DIGITAL MEDIA, BROADBAND AND INTERNET MARKET OVERVIEW
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • Social networking - Facebook and the local competition
        • Table Middle East - Facebook penetration - December 2011; December 2012
      • Maktoob's success
      • Jabbar Internet Group
      • Jordan's online successes
      • Movies, TV and music - Rotana Group predominates
      • Online advertising and marketing
    • BROADCASTING OVERVIEW
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Satellite TV
      • Cable TV
      • Pay TV
      • IPTV
    • BROADBAND AND INTERNET
      • Internet and broadband overview statistics
        • Table Middle East - Internet users by country - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Middle East - Internet user penetration by country - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Middle East - Broadband subscribers by selected country - 2009 - 2013
      • International fibre access
  • BAHRAIN
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY / DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • E-government
      • E-education
      • Utilities
      • Digital broadcasting
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Bahrain - Historic - Internet users and penetration estimates - 2004
        • Table Bahrain - Internet users and penetration estimates - 2013
        • Table Bahrain - Internet subscribers - 2013
        • Table Bahrain - Broadband subscribers - 2013
        • Table Bahrain - Fixed broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Bahrain - Broadband market revenue - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Bahrain - Broadband subscriptions by access speed - 2007 - 2012
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre to the Home (FttH)
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Bahrain - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
      • lower growth
        • Table Bahrain - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
  • IRAN
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • Overview
      • Services
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview of broadcasting market
      • Satellite TV
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Iran - Internet users and penetration estimates - 1996 - 2014
        • Table Iran - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Iran - Household PC penetration - 2002 - 2014
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • Wireless (fixed) broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • Table Iran - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
      • Table Iran - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
  • IRAQ
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • e-education
      • e-health
      • e-government
      • Smart Grid
      • Digital broadcasting
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Iraq - Internet user penetration and estimates - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Iraq - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Iraq - International Internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Iraq - Household PC penetration - 2008 - 2014
      • Fibre to the Premises (FttP)
      • Wireless broadband
  • ISRAEL
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • Smart cities/smart communities
      • Digital broadcasting
        • Table Israel - YES revenue and profit - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Israel - YES satellite TV subscribers, market share and ARPU - 2002 - 2013
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
      • Broadband and Internet statistics
        • Table Israel - Internet users and penetration - 1997 - 2014
        • Table Israel - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Israel - Bezeq ADSL subscribers and ARPU- 2005 - 2013
        • Table Israel - Average broadband speed per Bezeq customer - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Israel - Household PC penetration - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Israel - International Internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2012
      • ADSL and cable networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
  • JORDAN
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • E-Commerce
      • E-payment
      • E-education
      • E-health
      • E-government
      • Smart grids
      • Digital broadcasting
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Jordan - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2013
        • Table Jordan - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2014
        • Table Jordan - Internet subscribers by access method - 2009 - 2013
      • ISP market
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
        • Table Jordan - DSL subscribers - 2013
      • Fibre to the Home (FttH)
      • Wireless (fixed) broadband
        • Table Wi-tribe Jordan ARPU - 2012
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Jordan - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2014; 2017; 2022
      • lower growth
        • Table Jordan - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2014; 2017; 2022
  • KUWAIT
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • Digital broadcasting
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Kuwait - Internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Kuwait - Fixed Broadband subscribers - 2014
        • Table Kuwait - Household PC penetration - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Wataniya Kuwait wireless broadband subscribers - 2013
      • ISP market
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre to the Home (FttH)
      • Wireless broadband
  • LEBANON
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • E-commerce
      • E-government
      • E-education
      • E-health
      • Digital broadcasting
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Lebanon - Internet user and penetration estimates - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Lebanon - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Lebanon - Household PC penetration - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Lebanon - International Internet bandwidth - 2003 - 2011
      • Data service providers
      • ISP market
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
      • Fibre to the Home (FttH)
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Lebanon - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
      • lower growth
        • Table Lebanon - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
  • OMAN
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • Knowledge Oasis Muscat
      • Services
      • Smart Grid
      • Overview of the broadcasting market
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Oman - Internet users and penetration - 1998 - 2014
        • Table Oman - Fixed-line Internet subscribers - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Oman - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Oman - Omantel Fixed Internet ARPU - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Oman - Nawras fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Oman - International Internet bandwidth - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Oman - Household PC penetration - 2007 - 2014
      • Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre to the Home (FttH)
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Oman - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
      • lower growth
        • Table Oman - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
  • QATAR
    • INFORMATION SOCIETY
      • E-commerce
      • E-government
      • E-health
      • E-education
      • Smart Grid
      • Digital Media
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Qatar - Internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Qatar - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Qatar - Household PC penetration - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Qatar - International Internet bandwidth - 2003 - 2012
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • Wireless Broadband
    • BROADBAND FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Qatar - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
      • lower growth
        • Table Qatar - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2018; 2023
  • SAUDI ARABIA
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • E-government
      • E-health
      • E-education
      • E-commerce
      • Smart cities/smart communities
      • Digital media
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview of broadcasting market
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
      • Satellite-based digital Pay TV
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Censorship
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Internet users and penetration estimates - 1995 - 2014
        • Table Saudi Arabia - fixed broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Saudi Arabia - household PC penetration - 2002 - 2015
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
      • Broadband powerline (BPL)
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
      • lower growth
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
  • SYRIA
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • E-government
      • E-health
      • E-education
      • Overview of broadcasting market
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Syria - Internet user and penetration rate - 1999 - 2014
        • Table Syria - Fixed Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2014
        • Table Syria - Household PC penetration - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Syria - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Syria - International Internet bandwidth - 2004 - 2012
      • ISP market
      • Fibre to the Premises (FttP)
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • Table Syria - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
      • Table Syria - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
  • TURKEY
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • Services
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview of broadcasting market
        • Table Turkey - TV audience share by channel - January - June 2013
        • Table Turkey - TV advertising revenue - 2009 - 2013
      • Broadcasting regulation
      • Digital TV
        • Table Turkey - Cable TV subscribers - 2011 - 2013
        • Table Turkey - D-Smart pay TV subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Turkey - IPTV subscribers - 2011 - 2013
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
      • Internet and broadband statistics
        • Table Turkey - Internet user and penetration rate - 1998 - 2014
        • Table Turkey - Broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Turkey - Broadband subscribers by access technology - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Turkey - ISP market share - June 2013
        • Table Turkey - Fixed Broadband subscriptions by speed - June 2013
        • Table Turkey - Average monthly data usage per Turk Telekom broadband subscriber -2010 - 2013
        • Table Turkey - International Internet Bandwidth - 2003 - 2012
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Lines (ADSL)
        • Table Turk Telekom ADSL ARPU - 2007 - 2013
      • Cable modems
      • Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
        • Table Turkey - Superonline FttX homes passed and subscribers - 2011 - 2013
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Turkey - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Turkey - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2014; 2019; 2024
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY/DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Overview
      • E-Commerce
      • E-Government
      • E-health
      • E-learning
      • Smart cities/smart communities
      • Digital media
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview of broadcasting market
      • Digital TV
        • Table UAE - du IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2013
        • Table UAE - Etisalat e-life subscribers - 2010 - 2013
    • BROADBAND AND INTERNET ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table UAE - Internet user and penetration - 1995 - 2014
        • Table UAE - Fixed Internet subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2013
        • Table UAE - Etisalat fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2013
        • Table UAE - International Internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2012
      • Internet access locations
      • Fibre to the Premises (FttP)
      • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Cable modems
      • Wireless broadband
    • BROADBAND FORECASTS
      • higher growth
        • Table UAE - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
      • lower growth
        • Table UAE - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2014, 2019; 2024
  • YEMEN
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • E-education
      • E-government
      • E-health
    • DIGITAL BROADCASTING
      • Overview
    • BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET
      • Overview
      • Internet and broadband statistics
        • Table Yemen - Internet user and penetration estimates - 1997 - 2014
        • Table Yemen - Households with Internet access - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Yemen - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Yemen - Household PC penetration - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Yemen - International Internet bandwidth - 2005 - 2012
      • Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
      • Wireless Broadband
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • Table Yemen - Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen - higher growth scenario - 2014; 2018; 2023
      • Table Yemen - Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen - lower growth scenario - 2014; 2018; 2023

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