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Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Qatar's telecoms industry offers a number of opportunities

Given Qatar's healthy telecommunications industry and corresponding infrastructure; developing the digital economy and broadband services are seen as a key potential growth area for the future.

E-commerce in particular is expected to be a key growth area. While very few merchant's currently offer online payment services in Qatar; it is hoped that PayPal's partnership with Qatar National Bank in 2013 will instil confidence in the security of e-payments which has been the key inhibitor to Qatar's uptake of such services in the past.

With smart phone penetration in Qatar one of the highest in the Middle East; m-commerce is also expected to become a hot trend for the near future. Mobile infrastructure is also improving with Vodafone Qatar launching its 4G services in mid 2014 and Qtel (Now Ooredoo Qatar) in 2013.

Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP), wireless and mobile. Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. The government owned network plans to offer speeds of up to 100Mb/s to 95% of homes and 100% of businesses by 2015. Services are offered on a wholesale basis to ISPs.

Fixed-line penetration is relatively high in Qatar as is mobile. While such levels might suggest that there is little room for new competitors in the fixed-line or mobile markets; the very fluid and rapidly expanding population due to the large number of expatriate workers actually creates considerable opportunity.

Qatar's population more than doubled from around 0.98 million in 2006 to 2.1 million in 2014. The rapid rise is due to the influx of low income workers to participate in Qatar's numerous infrastructure building projects, including those due to the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband | 0.159 | 0.275
Fixed-line telephony | 0.327 | 0.455
Mobile phone | 2.600 | 4.210
(Source: BuddeComm)

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Qatar's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
Digital economy
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttH, DSL, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband subscriber forecasts for 2018; 2023.


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
4.2.1 2011 Market competitiveness report
4.3 Network Access
4.4 Interconnection
4.5 Wholesale transmission
4.6 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
4.7 Privatisation
5. Fixed network operator in Qatar
5.1 Ooredoo/ 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
8. Digital Economy
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 Grid
9. Digital Media
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
9.2 Online Arabic content
9.3 Broadband TV (IPTV)
9.4 Al Jazeera
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)
10.2.3 Roaming tariff reduction
10.2.4 Mobile Number Portability
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.3.1 Analogue
10.3.2 Digital
10.3.3 Third generation (3G) mobile
10.3.4 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Ooredoo Qatar
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
Table 1 Country statistics Qatar 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Ooredoo Group mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit 2005 - 2013
Table 9 Qtel Qatar mobile and fixed-line revenue and net profit 2005 - 2013
Table 10 Qtel Qatar fixed-line revenue breakdown 2008 - 2013
Table 11 Qtel Qatar fixed-line subscribers and ARPU 2007 - 2013
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 13 Internet users and penetration 1995 - 2014
Table 14 Fixed broadband subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 15 Household PC penetration 2007 - 2014
Table 16 International Internet bandwidth 2003 - 2012
Table 17 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2018; 2023
Table 18 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2018; 2023
Table 19 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 21 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2014
Table 22 Mobile operators' market share 2009 - 2014
Table 23 Ooredoo Qatar financial data (including ARPU) 2009 - 2014
Table 24 Ooredoo prepaid, postpaid, and mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 25 Vodafone Qatar financial data 2009 - 2014
Table 26 Vodafone Qatar subscribers and ARPU 2009 - 2014
Table 27 Ooredoo and Vodafone prepaid share 2000 - 2014
Table 28 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile operators' market share 2009 - 2014

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