Syria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
Civil war continues to impact on telecoms progress in Syria
With the escalation of the Syrian civil war; the telecoms infrastructure in the country has taken a battering. Since the civil conflict began in 2011, the telephone and Internet lines in Syria have been cut a number of times and there are regular reports of Internet blackouts across the country.
Broadband users have complained of poor service and slow speeds in Syria. Control of the Internet is also a serious issue in Syria and measures are in place to limit access to Western sites and services in particular. Internet cafes are a popular method of accessing the Internet; however in 2014 many Internet cafes have closed down due to their inability to gain approval to operate from The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) and other government bodies.
Adding to the halt in telecoms progress; in 2014 the leading mobile operators of MTN Syria and Syriatel have both experienced a decline in mobile subscribers due to the civil unrest. Syriatel retains the largest share of mobile subscribers for both 2G and 3G services with mobile users in Syria preferring prepaid services.
Despite the challenging environment, mobile operators continue to move forward; offering various mobile data and content services. In 2014 the first mobile app contest in Syria was launched inviting contestants to develop innovative apps based on Arabian content.
Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband | 0.38 | 0.32
Fixed-line telephony | 4.42 | 4.43
Mobile phone | 12.9 | 12.2
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
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