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Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Qatar

Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Qatar

Qatar's regulator strives to improve competition

Qatar possesses a well developed telecoms market that enjoys high fixed line and mobile penetration. A rapidly growing population due to Qatar's infrastructure building boom has presented a considerable growth opportunity for Qatar's two telcos, Ooredoo (Qtel) and Vodafone Qatar.

Qatar's communications regulator, ictQATAR, has been increasingly active in creating an environment conducive to competition, imposing obligations on Ooredoo to offer equal access to competitors to its network ducts, dark fibers and collocation spaces as well as offering network interconnection and wholesale transmission services.

Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile. Recognising the inherent opportunities in faster communications, Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Services are offered on a wholesale basis, with plans to extend 100Mb/s services to 95% of homes by 2015.

Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Qatar has taken steps to develop a knowledge-based society as part of its wider socioeconomic development goals as stated in National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030. Strategies and specific initiatives have been launched in the areas of e-commerce, e-government, e-health, e-education and smart grids.

Mobile services are offered by a duopoly comprised of Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar. Since launching services Vodafone Qatar has managed to grab a third of the market, with its share likely to increase due to introduction of mobile number portability.

Both Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar have launched mobile broadband services underpinned by 3G or LTE networks. Adoption of such services provides a new revenue growth opportunity as the mobile voice market comes under increased competition.

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 | 3.600
(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 to 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 Qatar Telecom (Qtel) / Ooredoo
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. Information society
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 Qtel / Ooredoo
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 Qtel 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 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2014
Table 20 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change June 2013
Table 21 Mobile operators' market share 2009 - 2013
Table 22 Qtel mobile subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 23 Qtel mobile postpaid and prepaid ARPU 2007 - 2013
Table 24 Vodafone Qatar financial data 2009 - 2013
Table 25 Vodafone Qatar Subscribers and ARPU 2009 - 2013
Table 26 Qtel prepaid subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 27 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2014
Table 28 Qtel wireless broadband subscribers & ARPU 2010 2013

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