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Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


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The Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.


Executive summary

Qatar is a small and very wealthy nation in the Middle East. An abundance of natural resources has lifted GDP per capita levels to twice that of Kuwait. Some of this wealth was used to develop an extensive telecoms network, with a high proportion of households able to access fixed lines. Despite this, Qatar’s telecoms market holds much potential for development.

Qatar was the last country in the region to introduce competition to its telecoms market. New market entrant Vodafone Qatar has rapidly gained a sizeable share of the mobile market and is only now establishing a presence in the fixed market.

Broadband represents the majority of Internet connections. ADSL accounts for the majority of fixed broadband services, given the previous monopoly of Qtel in the market. Advertised broadband speeds are relatively low; Recognising the inherent opportunities in faster communications for social and economic development, Qatar is developing a national broadband network, promising speeds of up to 100Mb/s to 95% of households by 2015.

Faster broadband speeds will underpin future development of Qatar’s digital economy. Strategies and specific initiatives have been launched in the areas of e-commerce, e-government, e-health and e-education. The regulator has also unveiled plans to develop Qatar as a digital media hub, recognising the current underrepresentation of Arabic content on the Internet and hence potential for growth. Qatar seems a likely home for such an initiative, given its launch of the influential Arabic broadcaster Al Jazeera.

Similar to neighbouring markets in the region, Qatar possesses a mobile market characterised by high penetration levels. Competition has improved tariffs levels and encouraged development of specialised products targeted at specific market segments such as expatriate workers. Both mobile network operators Qtel and Vodafone have deployed 3G/HSPA networks which is supporting growth of the nascent mobile broadband market.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Qatar’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.1.1 Telecommunications Law 2006
4.1.2 Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
4.4 Privatisation
4.5 Number portability
5. Fixed network operator in Qatar
5.1 Qatar Telecom (Qtel)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Broadband and Internet statistics
7.2 Broadband forecasts
7.2.1 Scenario 1 - higher growth
7.2.2 Scenario 2 - lower growth
7.2.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
7.5 Wireless Broadband
7.5.1 WiFi
7.6 Triple play
7.7 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Information society
8.1 E-commerce
8.2 E-government
8.3 E-health
8.4 E-education
8.4.1 Knowledge Net (KNET)
8.5 Smart cities
9. Digital broadcasting
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
9.2 IPTV
9.3 Al Jazeera
9.3.1 Al Jazeera on mobile phones
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Qatar’s mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Second mobile licence
10.2.2 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.3.1 Analogue
10.3.2 Digital
10.3.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Qtel
10.4.2 Vodafone Qatar
10.5 Mobile voice services
10.5.1 Prepaid
10.5.2 Satellite mobile
10.6 Mobile messaging
10.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
10.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.7 Mobile broadband
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 Mobile TV
11. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 - Country statistics Qatar - 2010
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2010
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 4 - Fixed broadband statistics - 2010
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - June 2011
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - GDP growth and inflation - 2005 - 2011
Table 8 - Qtel group mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit - 2005 - 2011
Table 9 - Qtel Qatar mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit - 2005 - 2011
Table 10 - Qtel Qatar fixed-line revenue breakdown - 2008 - 2011
Table 11 - Qtel Qatar fixed-line subscribers and ARPU - 2007 - 2011
Table 12 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
Table 13 - Internet users and penetration estimates - 1995 - 2011
Table 14 - Internet subscribers - 1999 - 2011
Table 15 - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2011
Table 16 - Household PC penetration - 2007 - 2011
Table 17 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2011, 2015; 2020
Table 18 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2011, 2015; 2020
Table 19 - Qtel triple play subscribers - 2008 - 2011
Table 20 - Facebook data for Qatar - December 2010
Table 21 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2011
Table 22 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - June 2011
Table 23 - Mobile operators’ market share - 2009 - 2011
Table 24 - Qtel mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2011
Table 25 - Qtel mobile postpaid and prepaid ARPU - 2007 - 2011
Table 26 - Qtel prepaid subscribers - 2000 - 2010
Table 27 - Total mobile subscriptions with broadband capability - 2006 - 2011
Table 28 - Qtel wireless broadband subscribers & ARPU - 2010 - 2011
Chart 1 - Qatar fixed-line and mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2011

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