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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

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
(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;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
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
3.1.1 The impact of civil war on telecoms
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 overview
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 2013/2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 2014
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 - 2013
Table 18 MTN Syria Revenue and CAPEX 2009 - 2014
Table 19 MTN Syria Subscribers, ARPU and MOU 2009 - 2014
Table 20 Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions 2009 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and annual change 2002 - 2014

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