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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


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Syria's telecoms market impacted by the ongoing civil war

Syria's telecom sector continues to be impacted by the ongoing civil war. Reports include instances of information warfare, proposed sanctions against telecom companies, damage to telecoms infrastructure and loss of connectivity to the global Internet. The deteriorating situation is having an impact on market development with regulatory developments delayed. However given the utility nature of telecoms, services are likely to be restored once fighting ceases.

Fixed-line services remain the monopoly of state-owned Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE), which has upgraded its infrastructure to support delivery of broadband services. However the ongoing civil has damaged infrastructure, resulting in the need for repairs.

Broadband subscriber data indicated strong growth although the ongoing civil war is likely to impact future growth prospects. Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Syria has taken steps to develop a digital economy. E-government services are available, with a national e-government policy in place to guide developments. To support e-health development public funding has been made available for ICT equipment, software, pilot projects, skills training and scholarships. E-health initiatives also extend to the mobile sector (m-health), with m-health initiatives undertaken.

Syria's mobile market is served by a duopoly comprised of two operators, MTN Syria and Syriatel. Both have been impacted by the ongoing civil war, with base stations taken out of commission. Mobile data services are becoming an increasingly important source of new revenue as the mobile voice market begins to mature. With 3G/HSPA implemented and network modernisation undertaken, the focus for mobile data is beginning to shift to mobile broadband offerings.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014

Subscribers to telecoms services (million):

Fixed Broadband | 0.38 | 0.65
Fixed-line telephony | 4.4 | 5.6
Mobile phone | 12.9 | 12.0
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:

Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), Best Italia, Aya, EMAAR, General Organization of Radio and TV Syria (ORTAS), MTN Syria, Syriatel

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Iran'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;
Internet;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttP, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2020;


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Syria's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Syria
4.4 Interconnect
5. Fixed network operator in Syria
5.1 Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Network improvements
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
7.2 Broadband subscriber forecasts
7.3 ISP market
7.4 Fibre to the Premises (FttP)
7.5 Wireless broadband
8. Digital economy/digital media
8.1 Overview
8.2 E-government
8.3 E-health
8.4 E-education
9. Digital broadcasting
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Syria's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Third mobile licence
10.2.2 Current BOT contracts
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Syriatel
10.4.2 MTN Syria
10.5 Mobile voice services
10.5.1 Prepaid
10.5.2 Satellite mobile
10.6 Mobile data
10.6.1 Mobile broadband
10.6.2 Mobile content and applications
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Syria 201
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 - 2010
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 9 Internet user and penetration rate 1999 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed Internet subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2014
Table 11 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 13 International Internet bandwidth 2004 - 2012
Table 14 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2014, 2019; 2024
Table 15 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2014, 2019; 2024
Table 16 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2014
Table 17 Syriatel Revenue and Net Profit 2005 - 2012
Table 18 MTN Syria Revenue 2009 - 2013
Table 19 Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions 2009 - 2014
Chart 1 Syria fixed-line and mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014

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