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2006 Middle Eastern - Convergence, Broadband and Internet Market


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

Counties covered: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

This annual report provides an insight into the developing Broadband and Internet markets of the Middle East. Topics detailed in the report include the following:

Triple play models
VoIP services and regulatory aspects
Digital media developments
Regional Internet and broadband market developments and analysis
xDSL, cable modems, Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), WiFi
Growth in regional broadband penetration and availability (trends, growth patterns, prospects)
Censorship of the Internet in Middle East countries


Internet usage has been growing at an enormous rate over the past few years, particularly in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. Having already grown its Internet market by close to 3,000% in the 2000-2005 period, Iran is expected to remain the fastest growing market in the region in 2006.

Although broadband penetration is still extremely low in the region, by 2006 growth rates were generally on a par with the average growth rate of most developed regions. ADSL is currently the most prevalent form of broadband access. In the UAE, broadband usage is expected to surpass the number of dial-up Internet users by end-2007. In Bahrain, Batelco announced in early 2006 that it aimed to offer broadband to every household in the country by 2008. Although broadband penetration is very low in Jordan, growth has been rapid, causing a steady decline in dial-up usage. Broadband penetration is highest in Israel.

Triple play services have been launched in Israel, and Jordan is beginning to see moves towards convergence, particularly in VoIP. In the Bahrain market several new competitors aim to deliver broadband Internet plus voice services via VoIP. Convergence developments are starting to pick up in Kuwait, with satellite TV operators providing broadband Internet services and bundling them with TV subscriptions. However, VoIP services are prohibited.

1. OVERVIEW MIDDLE EASTERN CONVERGENCE, BROADBAND AND INTERNET MARKETS
1.1 Convergence
1.1.1 Introduction
1.1.2 Triple play developing slowly in Israel
1.1.3 And even slower in most Arab countries
1.1.4 Digital media
1.1.5 The Internet economy stirs
1.2 Broadband market
1.3 Internet market
2. BAHRAIN
2.1 Internet market
2.1.1 Overview
2.2 Broadband market
2.2.1 Overview
2.2.2 ADSL
2.2.3 Wireless broadband
2.3 Convergence
2.3.1 Overview of media convergence
2.3.2 VoIP
2.3.3 Broadcasting market overview
3. IRAN
3.1 Internet market
3.1.1 Overview
3.2 Broadband market
3.2.1 ADSL
3.2.2 Wireless Broadband
3.3 Convergence
3.3.1 Overview of media convergence
3.3.2 VoIP
3.3.3 Broadcasting market overview
3.3.4 Satellite TV
4. IRAQ
4.1 Internet market
4.1.1 Overview
4.2 Broadband market
4.2.1 Wireless broadband
4.3 Convergence
4.3.1 Overview of media convergence
4.3.2 Broadcasting market overview
5. ISRAEL
5.1 Internet market
5.1.1 Overview
5.1.2 Israel’s ISP market
5.2 Broadband market
5.2.1 Cable modems
5.2.2 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
5.2.3 WiFi
5.2.4 WiMAX
5.3 Convergence
5.3.1 Overview of media convergence
5.3.2 Triple play models
5.3.3 VoIP
5.3.4 Broadcasting market overview
5.3.5 Cable TV
5.3.6 Digital cable TV
5.3.7 Satellite TV
5.3.8 IPTV
6. JORDAN
6.1 Internet market
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 ISP market
6.2 Broadband market
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.2.3 Wireless broadband
6.3 Convergence
6.3.1 Overview of media convergence
6.3.2 VoIP
6.3.3 Broadcasting market overview
7. KUWAIT
7.1 Internet market
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 ISP market
7.2 Broadband market
7.2.1 ADSL
7.2.2 Wireless broadband
7.3 Convergence
7.3.1 Overview of media convergence
7.3.2 Broadcasting market overview
7.3.3 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
8. LEBANON
8.1 Internet market
8.1.1 Overview
8.1.2 Data service providers
8.1.3 ISP market
8.2 Broadband market
8.2.1 Overview
8.2.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
8.2.3 Cable modems
8.2.4 Wireless broadband
8.3 Convergence
8.3.1 Overview of media convergence
8.3.2 Triple play
8.3.3 VoIP
8.3.4 Broadcasting market overview
9. OMAN
9.1 Internet market
9.1.1 Overview
9.1.2 Leased lines
9.2 Broadband market
9.2.1 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
9.2.2 Wireless broadband
9.3 Convergence
9.3.1 Overview of media convergence
9.3.2 Broadcasting market overview
10. QATAR
10.1 Internet market
10.1.1 Overview
10.2 Broadband market
10.2.1 ADSL broadband
10.2.2 Wireless Broadband
10.3 Convergence
10.3.1 Overview of media convergence
10.3.2 IPTV
10.3.3 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10.3.4 Broadcasting market overview
10.3.5 Al Jazeera
11. SAUDI ARABIA
11.1 Internet market
11.1.1 Overview
11.1.2 ISP market
11.2 Broadband market
11.2.1 Overview
11.2.2 DSL
11.2.3 Wireless broadband
11.3 Convergence
11.3.1 Overview of media convergence
11.3.2 Broadcasting market overview
12. SYRIA
12.1 Internet market
12.1.1 Overview
12.1.2 ISP market
12.2 Broadband market
12.2.1 Overview
12.3 Convergence
12.3.1 Overview of media convergence
12.3.2 Broadcasting market overview
13. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
13.1 Internet market
13.1.1 Overview
13.1.2 Internet access locations
13.1.3 ISP market
13.2 Broadband market
13.2.1 Overview
13.2.2 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
13.2.3 Cable modems
13.2.4 Wireless broadband
13.3 Convergence
13.3.1 Overview of media convergence
13.3.2 VoIP
13.3.3 Broadcasting market overview
13.3.4 Digital TV
13.3.5 Internet economy
14. YEMEN
14.1 Internet market
14.1.1 Overview
14.2 Broadband market
14.2.1 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) broadband
15. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS


Table 1 - Broadband subscribers in selected Middle Eastern countries - 2005
Table 2 - Middle East Internet usage by country - 2005
Table 3 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Bahrain - 1995 - 2005
Table 4 - Internet subscribers in Bahrain - 1999 - 2005
Table 5 - Internet host computers - 1995 - 2004
Table 6 - Broadband statistics - 2005
Table 7 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Iran - 1995 - 2005
Table 8 - Internet host computers in Iran - 1994 - 2004
Table 9 - Internet user estimates in Iraq - 2001 - 2005
Table 10 - Internet host computers in Iraq - 2000 - 2004
Table 11 - Broadband subscribers, annual change and household penetration in Israel - 2001 - 2005
Table 12 - Broadband network, subscribers, annual change and market share in Israel - 2005
Table 13 - Internet users and penetration estimates - 1997 - 2004
Table 14 - Internet host computers - 1994 - 2004
Table 15 - ISP market shares - 2005
Table 16 - Cable modem subscribers in Israel - 2003 - 2005
Table 17 - Broadcasting market statistical overview - 2005
Table 18 - YES satellite TV subscriber growth - 2002 - 2005
Table 19 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Jordan - 1995 - 2005
Table 20 - Internet subscribers in Jordan - 1999 - 2004
Table 21 - Internet host computers - 1995 - 2004
Table 22 - Broadband statistics in Jordan - March 2005
Table 23 - DSL subscribers - 2001 - 2004
Table 24 - TV market - receivers and households - 1999 - 2004
Table 25 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Kuwait - 1995 - 2005
Table 26 - Internet subscribers in Kuwait - 2003 - 2005
Table 27 - Internet host computers - 1994 - 2004
Table 28 - Broadband DSL subscribers - 2001 - 2005
Table 29 - TV market - TVs and satellites - 2000 - 2004
Table 30 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Lebanon - 1995 - 2004
Table 31 - Internet subscribers in Lebanon - 2001 - 2004
Table 32 - Internet host computers - 1995 - 2004
Table 33 - Cable modem Internet subscribers - 2002 - 2004
Table 34 - TV equipped households - 1996 - 2004
Table 35 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Oman - 1998 - 2005
Table 36 - Internet subscribers in Oman - 2000 - 2006
Table 37 - Internet host computers - 1997 - 2004
Table 38 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Qatar - 1995 - 2004
Table 39 - Internet subscribers - 1999 - 2004
Table 40 - Internet host computers - 1996 - 2004
Table 41 - ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2006
Table 42 - TV and cable TV market - 2000 - 2004
Table 43 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Saudi Arabia - 1995 - 2004
Table 44 - Internet subscribers in Saudi Arabia - 2000 - 2004
Table 45 - Internet host computers - 1994 - 2004
Table 46 - DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2005
Table 47 - TV receivers and TV equipped households - 2000 - 2004
Table 48 - Internet user and penetration estimates in Syria - 1999 - 2004
Table 49 - Internet user and penetration estimates in UAE - 1995 - 2006
Table 50 - Internet subscribers in UAE - 1995 - 2006
Table 51 - Dial-up Internet subscribers - 2001 - 2005
Table 52 - Internet host computers - 1995 - 2004
Table 53 - Broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2005
Table 54 - TV and cable TV market - 2000 - 2004
Table 55 - Internet user and penetration in Yemen - 1996 - 2005
Table 56 - Internet subscribers in Yemen - 2004 - 2005
Table 57 - Internet host computers - 1996 - 2004

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