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2006 Middle Eastern - Telecoms Statistics and Market Overview


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 telecoms market of the Middle East. Topics detailed in the report include the following:

National and international telecommunications infrastructure and developments
Regulatory issues and government policies
Brief overviews on all of the major telecommunications carriers and service providers


Many Middle Eastern countries are actively working towards less government involvement and greater competition in their telecoms markets, often encouraged by World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership requirements. To date, only Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen have not gained WTO membership.

Israel is by far the most deregulated market, with active competition in all areas. While nearly all the other countries in the region are now beginning to introduce some degree of competition and private ownership, Bahrain and Jordan are much the most advanced in the process. Oman is also opening its telecoms market, but is someway behind in the process, with only a second mobile licence awarded as yet.

In mid-2006 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced its intention to fully liberalise its telecom sector by 2015, while Saudi Arabia announced plans to liberalise its fixed telephony sector ending the current monopoly, and opening the mobile sector for more competition.

The region is set to benefit from the new TWA-1 Undersea Cable Network linking Karachi in Pakistan, Fujairah in UAE and Al Seeb Muscat in Oman. In addition, Flag Telecom’s FALCON cable, currently under construction, is expected to bring enormous amounts of capacity to the region, which has previously underserved by international connectivity.

In early 2006 the national telcos of UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed an agreement to lay the FOG2 cable. Representing the second generation of Fibre-Optic Gulf (FOG) cables, FOG2 will initially link Fujairah (UAE), Um Qasr (Al Basra Province, Iraq) and the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be completed by end-2006.

1. TELECOMMUNICATIONS OVERVIEW
1.1 Market overview
1.2 Telecommunications infrastructure
1.2.1 National networks
1.2.2 International infrastructure
1.2.3 Satellite networks
2. BAHRAIN
2.1 Overview of Bahrain’s telecom market
2.2 Fixed network operators in Bahrain
2.2.1 Bahrain telecomunications company (Batelco)
2.2.2 Alternative operators
2.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
2.3.1 National telecom network
2.3.2 International infrastructure
3. IRAN
3.1 Overview of Iran’s telecom market
3.2 Fixed network operator in Iran
3.2.1 Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
3.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
3.3.1 National telecom network
3.3.2 International infrastructure
4. IRAQ
4.1 Overview of Iraq’s telecom market
4.2 Fixed network operator in Iraq
4.2.1 Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC)
4.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
4.3.1 National telephone network
4.3.2 International infrastructure
4.3.3 Infrastructure developments
5. ISRAEL
5.1 Overview of Israel’s telecom market
5.1.1 Market analysis 2006
5.2 Fixed network operators in Israel
5.2.1 Overview of operators
5.2.2 Bezeq
5.2.3 HOT Telecom
5.2.4 Bezeq International
5.2.5 Barak ITC Ltd
5.2.6 Golden Lines / 012 Telecom
5.2.7 NetVision
5.2.8 Internet Gold
5.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
5.3.1 National telecom network
5.3.2 International infrastructure
5.3.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.4 Wholesaling
6. JORDAN
6.1 Overview of Jordan’s telecom market
6.2 Fixed network operator in Jordan
6.2.1 Jordan Telecom
6.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.3.1 National telecom network
6.3.2 International infrastructure
6.3.3 Wholesaling
7. KUWAIT
7.1 Overview of Kuwait’s telecom market
7.2 Telecommunications infrastructure
7.2.1 National telecom network
7.2.2 International infrastructure
7.2.3 Infrastructure developments
8. LEBANON
8.1 Overview of Lebanon’s telecom market
8.1.1 InvestCom
8.2 Fixed network operator in Lebanon
8.2.1 Ogero Telecom
8.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
8.3.1 National telecom network
8.3.2 International infrastructure
8.3.3 Infrastructure developments
9. OMAN
9.1 Overview of Oman’s telecom market
9.2 Fixed network operator in Oman
9.2.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (OmanTel)
9.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
9.3.1 National telecom network
9.3.2 International infrastructure
10. QATAR
10.1 Overview of Qatar’s telecom market
10.2 Fixed network operator in Qatar
10.2.1 Q-Tel
10.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.3.1 National telecom network
10.3.2 International infrastructure
11. SAUDI ARABIA
11.1 Overview of Saudi Arabia’s telecom market
11.1.1 Market analysis 2005 - 2006
11.2 Fixed network operator in Saudi Arabia
11.2.1 Saudi Telecom Company (STC)
11.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
11.3.1 National telecom network
11.3.2 International infrastructure
11.3.3 Infrastructure developments
11.4 Data market
11.4.1 Overview
11.4.2 Leased lines
11.4.3 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
12. SYRIA
12.1 Overview of Syria’s telecom market
12.2 Fixed network operator in Syria
12.2.1 Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
12.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
12.3.1 National telecom network
12.3.2 International infrastructure
13. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
13.1 Overview of UAE’s telecom market
13.1.1 Warid Telecom
13.1.2 TECOM Investments
13.1.3 Modern Technologies
13.1.4 Market analysis 2006
13.2 Fixed network operator in UAE
13.2.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
13.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
13.3.1 National telecom network
13.3.2 Infrastructure developments
13.3.3 International infrastructure
14. YEMEN
14.1 Overview of Yemen’s telecom market
14.2 Fixed network operators in Yemen
14.2.1 TeleYemen
14.2.2 Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC)
14.3 Telecommunications infrastructure
14.3.1 National telecom network
14.3.2 International infrastructure
15. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS


Table 1 - Middle East economic statistics - 2005
Table 2 - Fixed-line teledensity by country - 2001; 2005
Table 3 - Telecom revenue statistics - 2004
Table 4 - Telephone network statistics - August 2005
Table 5 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 6 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 7 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 8 - Telephone network statistics - May 2005
Table 9 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990 - 2005
Table 10 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2004
Table 11 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 12 - International fixed-line operator market shares - 2005
Table 13 - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 14 - Active Bezeq subscriber lines - 2003 - 2005
Table 15 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2004
Table 16 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 17 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 18 - Telecom revenue statistics - 2004
Table 19 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 20 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 21 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
2005
Table 23 - Telephone network statistics - March 2006
Table 24 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 25 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2004
Table 26 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 27 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 28 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2005
Table 29 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 30 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2005
Table 31 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 32 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
Table 33 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2004
Table 34 - Telephone network statistics - March 2006
Table 35 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 36 - Telecom revenue statistics - 2004
Table 37 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 38 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005

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