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Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband


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Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband revenues rising in the Middle East
For those countries of the Middle East which have reached mobile saturation; we are beginning to see positive signs that mobile broadband revenues are beginning to grow. In Bahrain, for example, revenues from mobile broadband are continuously rising and now contribute over 35% to total broadband revenues – compared to only 7% in 2010. Mobile data and mobile broadband also present the next significant revenue growth opportunity for the mobile operators in Iran. Revenue from mobile data is quickly edging towards a 40% market share in Turkey, while mobile voice revenue is clearly in decline.
Many countries have invested heavily in improving mobile broadband infrastructure, including 4G LTE deployment. The operators in Israel, for example, have focused on expanding network coverage and increasing download speeds through LTE.
In 2016 in Lebanon, both Touch and Alfa are planning upgrading and expanding their 4G networks. Iran is also upgrading to TD-LTE as well as moving towards LTE-A.
Mobile broadband has also become a feasible proposition in Oman and a viable alternative to fixed broadband following substantial investments in HSPA and LTE technology.
Etisalat and du in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have both deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks which cover a large proportion of the country. Both operators are also demonstrating a key interest in 5G developments. Development of 4G in Jordan is well underway and growing strongly with an estimated penetration of around 11-14% in 2016.
Kuwait has one of the most vibrant and well established mobile sectors in the Middle East and 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 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.
Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and is also a leader in the Middle East. In 2016 the country has a vast array of networks and services on offer including 4G, VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and fibre-based technologies. It is also looking towards a future based on 5G.

Key developments:

Mobile broadband usage is growing in Bahrain – representing over 50% of total broadband usage today.
The mobile content and applications market in Israel has come under renewed focus given the increasing affordability and penetration of smartphones.
Mobile payments solutions are beginning to emerge in Lebanon and are being offered by banks and mobile operators alike.
The fingerprint law in Saudi Arabia has resulted in a drop in mobile broadband subscriptions.
Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular in the UAE, accounting for close to two thirds of the country’s mobile handsets.
There is ongoing Fixed-Mobile Conversion (FMC) taking place in Iran.
3G penetration is over 70% in Jordan.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Oman has approved the Access and Interconnection (A&I) Regulation which aims to make market entry easier for new players in order to promote competition.
Despite the challenging environment in Syria, there are some glimpses of hope with both mobile operators reporting rising in revenue in 2015, with much of this attributed to growth in mobile data services.
Broadband subscriber growth in Yemen has received a boost in recent years following the launch of mobile broadband services. However fixed and mobile broadband services are far from affordable for much of the population.
While growth in the Iraqi telecoms sector is currently influenced by the serious civil unrest occurring in the country; it is expected that there will be opportunities for grow in both the mobile communication and mobile broadband markets in the future.
Viva, Zain and Ooredoo of Kuwait have all turned their attention towards LTE-A. The involvement of Huawei has been pivotal to the development of LTE-A in Kuwait.
Both VoLTE and LTE-A services have been launched in Qatar over the past twelve months or so.
In April 2016 4G LTE services were launched by Turkcell, Turk Telekom and Vodafone Turkey.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL OVERVIEW MOBILE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Middle East - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration by country estimates – 2016
    • BAHRAIN
    • ISRAEL
    • LEBANON
    • SAUDI ARABIA
    • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    • IRAN
    • JORDAN
    • OMAN
    • SYRIA
    • YEMEN
    • IRAQ
    • KUWAIT
    • QATAR
    • TURKEY
  • BAHRAIN
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Bahrain - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Bahrain - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Bahrain - Mobile market revenue - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Bahrain - Mobile monthly ARPU - 2008 - 2014
    • MOBILE VOICE
      • Prepaid
        • Table Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - Q1 2015
        • Table Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • Mobile data
        • Table Bahrain - SMS message sent - 2008 - 2013
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Bahrain - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Second mobile licence
      • Third mobile licence
      • Prepaid subscriber registration
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • MNP
        • Table Bahrain - Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests - 2011 - 2015
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • 5G
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • IRAN
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Iran - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Iran - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Iran - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2016
      • Table MTN Irancell data revenue as percentage of total revenue - 2009 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third Mobile licence - Tamin Telecom
      • Second GSM licence - Irancell
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • GPRS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • Apps
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • IRAQ
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Iraq - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Iraq - Mobile operator market shares - 2004 - 2015
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBER FORECASTS
      • Scenario 1 - higher growth
        • Table Iraq - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2020; 2025
      • Scenario 2 - lower growth
        • Table Iraq - Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2020; 2025
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Iraq - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014; 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Temporary mobile licences awarded in 2003
      • Permanent licences awarded in 2007
      • Fourth mobile licence
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 3G
      • LTE
      • Satellite mobile
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Mobile Messaging
      • Mobile Internet access
        • Table Iraq - Zain - total daily data volume - 2010 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-BANKING AND M-PAYMENTS
    • M-TV
    • APPS
  • ISRAEL
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Recent developments
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Israel - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Israel - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Israel - Mobile operators' market share - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table Israel - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Connection charges
      • Licensing
      • LTE Spectrum
      • Roaming
      • MTRs
      • Early termination fee reduction
      • MNP
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-advertising
      • m-TV
      • Apps
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Israel - Smart phone market share by manufacturer - 2013; 2014
  • JORDAN
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Jordan - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Jordan - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Jordan - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2015
        • Table Jordan - Major mobile operators' market share - 2004 - 2015
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Jordan - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third GSM licence
      • 3G licences
      • 4G spectrum
      • SIM card registration
      • MTRs
        • Table Jordan - Mobile Termination Rates - 2010 - 2014
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Satellite mobile
    • IOT AND M2M NETWORKS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • KUWAIT
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Kuwait - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Kuwait - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Kuwait - Mobile operators' market share - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Kuwait - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2015
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Kuwait - Zain and Ooredoo - prepaid share - 2005 - 2015
      • Satellite mobile
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Kuwait - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Kuwait - Zain - Total daily data volume - 2010 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile operator
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • Spectrum refarming for LTE
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • SMS and MMS
      • OTT messaging services
      • m-TV
      • m-advertising
      • m-banking
  • LEBANON
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Lebanon - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Lebanon - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Lebanon - Mobile operators' market share - 2004 - 1H 2015
    • MOBILE VOICE
      • Prepaid
      • Satellite mobile
      • Mobile VoIP
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
      • OTT messaging services
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Lebanon - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Overview
      • Lebanon's current mobile contracts
      • Open international tender 2015
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
    • IOT AND M2M NETWORKS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
      • Apps
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • OMAN
    • MOBILE MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Oman - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Oman - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Oman - Mobile sector total ARPU - 2005 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Oman - Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Oman Mobile and Ooredoo - prepaid share - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobile data
        • Table Oman - SMS messages sent - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Oman - MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2015
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Oman - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Second mobile licence
      • Third mobile licence
      • Reseller/MVNO licences
      • Roaming
      • MNP
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • QATAR
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Qatar - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Qatar - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Qatar - Mobile operators' market share - 2009 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Qatar - Ooredoo and Vodafone - prepaid share - 2000 - 2014
      • Mobile data
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Qatar - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Second mobile licence
      • Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • NP
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
      • m-health
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • SAUDI ARABIA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2007 - Q3 2016
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2014
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Major mobile operators' subscribers and market shares - 2005 - 2014
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Saudi Arabia - prepaid subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Saudi Arabia - Zain prepaid subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile data
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Saudi Arabia - Mobile broadband subscriptions - technologies and penetration – 2010 - Q3 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Award of second GSM mobile licence
      • iDEN contract awarded
      • Award of Third Generation (3G) licences
      • Award of third mobile licence
      • Roaming
      • MTRs
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Fingerprinting law
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
    • IOT AND M2M NETWORKS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • SYRIA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Syria - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2015
    • MOBILE VOICE
      • Prepaid
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Syria - Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions - 2009 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile licence
      • Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • GSM, 3G
      • Satellite mobile
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
  • TURKEY
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Recent developments
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Turkey - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Turkey - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Turkey - 2G and 3G subscribers - 2009 - Q1 2016
      • Table Turkey - Breakdown of mobile revenue - 2008 - Q1 2016
      • Table Turkey - Mobile operators and subscribers - 2015
      • Table Turkey - Mobile subscribers by operator - 2007 - Q1 2016
      • Table Turkey - Mobile operators' market share - 2007 - Q1 2016
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Turkey - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - Q1 2016
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table Turkey - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - Q1 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Overview (recent general laws and regulations)
      • Third Generation (3G) licences
      • Third and fourth GSM licences
      • Significant market power (SMP)
      • MTRs
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Telsim privatisation
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-advertising
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-music
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table UAE - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - Q3 2016
        • Table UAE - mobile operators' market share - 2010 - 2014
        • Table UAE - mobile revenue and ARPU - 2008 - 2014
        • Table UAE - prepaid vs postpaid revenue - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile voice
        • Table UAE - prepaid subscribers - 2005 - Q3 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table UAE - SMS and MMS sent - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table UAE - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • MNP
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Etisalat
      • du
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table UAE - handset manufacturers' market share - 2013-2015
  • YEMEN
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Yemen - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Yemen - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
      • OTT messaging services
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Yemen - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences awarded
      • Third GSM licence
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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