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Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Kuwait

Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Kuwait

Kuwait has a progressive telecoms market but needs more competition

Kuwait has a well developed and progressive telecoms market, offering LTE services, ADSL, FttP and WiMAX services. However Kuwait is one of the few remaining countries in the Middle East where a government ministry, the Ministry of Communications (MoC), acts as both monopoly operator of fixed-line services and regulator. Some competition has been introduced in data services and Internet provision but not in fixed-line voice.

There have been recent positive moves in the direction of market liberalisation however, with the approval of the first reading of the bill passed in parliament in March 2014, paving the way for the potential introduction of an independent telecoms regulator.

Mobile telecommunications is much the most dynamic part of the Kuwaiti market. Three operators share the market including Zain, Viva and Wataniya which was rebranded as Ooredoo Kuwait in 2014 amidst the completion of a network modernisation for the company.

Mobile represents the majority of total broadband connections in Kuwait and fixed broadband penetration is low, blamed on underinvestment in infrastructure and lack of competition in the fixed sector. In regards to home broadband penetration; Kuwait is falling behind other leading Middle Eastern countries.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014

Subscribers to telecoms services (million):

Fixed Broadband | 0.047 | 0.048
Fixed-line telephony | 0.51 | 0.50
Mobile phone | 5.5 | 7.5
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:

Ministry of Communications, Hits Telecom, Qualitynet, Zajil KEMS, Fast Telecommunications Company (FASTtelco), United Networks, Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain, National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT) / Wataniya Telecom/ Ooredoo, Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Kuwait'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, IPTV;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Kuwait's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Privatisation
5. Telecom operators in Kuwait
5.1 Ministry of Communications
5.2 Hits Telecom
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 ISP market
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 Qualitynet
7.2.3 Zajil
7.2.4 Fast Telecommunications Company
7.2.5 United Networks/Gulfnet
7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Fibre to the Premises(FttP)
7.5 Wireless broadband
7.5.1 WiMAX
8. Digital economy/digital media
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 E-government
8.1.2 E-health
8.1.3 E-education
9. Digital broadcasting
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
9.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
9.3 Orbit Showtime Network (OSN)
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Kuwait's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Third mobile operator
10.2.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.2.3 Roaming tariff reduction
10.2.4 Spectrum refarming for LTE
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.3.1 Analogue
10.3.2 2G / GSM
10.3.3 3G / HSPA
10.3.4 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE)
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Zain Kuwait
10.4.2 Ooredoo Kuwait (formerly Wataniya)
10.4.3 Viva
10.5 Mobile voice services
10.5.1 Prepaid
10.5.2 Satellite mobile
10.6 Mobile data
10.6.1 Mobile messaging
10.6.2 Mobile broadband
10.7 Mobile content and applications
10.7.1 Zain
10.7.2 Ooredoo Kuwait (formerly Wataniya)
10.7.3 Viva
10.7.4 Mobile TV
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Kuwait 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 2005 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2014
Table 9 Internet users and penetration 1995 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed Broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2014
Table 11 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2014
Table 12 Wataniya Kuwait (now Ooredoo) wireless broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2013
Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rates 1994 - 2014
Table 14 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change June 2013
Table 15 Mobile operators' subscribers and market share 2005 - 2013
Table 16 Zain Group subscribers, revenue and profit 2002 1H 2014
Table 17 Zain Kuwait revenue, income, ARPU and active customers 2005 - 2013
Table 18 Wataniya Kuwait (now Ooredoo) subscribers - 2006 - 2013
Table 19 Wataniya Kuwait (now Ooredoo) quarterly ARPU 2010 - 2013
Table 20 Zain pre and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 21 Wataniya (now Ooredoo) pre and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 22 Zain's consumer market mobile broadband offerings August 2013
Table 23 Zain Total daily data volume 2010 - 2013
Table 24 Viva's consumer market mobile broadband offerings August 2013
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Kuwait 2004 - 2014

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