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United Arab Emirates - Broadband, Internet and Digital Media Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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1. Synopsis
2. Broadband and Internet access market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Censorship and site blocking
2.1.2 Dubai Internet City (DIC)
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Broadband forecasts
2.3.1 Scenario 1 – higher growth
2.3.2 Scenario 2 – lower growth
2.4 Internet access locations
2.5 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
2.6 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
2.7 Cable modems
2.8 Wireless broadband
2.8.1 WiFi
2.8.2 WiMAX
2.8.3 Internet via satellite
3. Digital economy/digital media
3.1 Overview
3.2 Services
3.2.1 E-Commerce
3.2.2 E-Government
3.2.3 E-health
3.2.4 E-learning
3.3 Smart cities/smart communities
3.3.1 Overview
3.3.2 Masdar City
3.4 Digital media
3.4.1 Tejari
3.4.2 Bayt.com
4. Digital broadcasting
4.1 Overview of broadcasting market
4.1.1 Media Zones
4.1.2 Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI)
4.1.3 Abu Dhabi Media (ADM)
4.2 Digital TV
4.2.1 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
4.2.2 Cable TV – e-vision
4.2.3 High Definition TV (HDTV)
4.2.4 Broadband TV (IPTV)
4.2.5 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
5. Related reports
Table 1 – Internet user and penetration – 1995 - 2013
Table 2 – Internet subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2013
Table 3 – Broadband penetration – 2008 - 2013
Table 4 – Etisalat fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 5 – Home Internet subscriptions by type – October 2012
Table 6 – Home Internet subscriptions by speed – October 2012
Table 7 – Reasons for not having an Internet connection at home – October 2012
Table 8 – Internet and broadband subscribers by access method – 2008 - 2011
Table 9 – Residential and business Internet and broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2011
Table 10 – Total Internet revenue and Internet and broadband ARPU – 2007 - 2011
Table 11 – Residential and Business ARPU – 2008 - 2011
Table 12 – Internet access locations – October 2012
Table 13 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2013, 2015; 2020
Table 14 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2013, 2015; 2020
Table 15 – Online activity by individuals – October 2012
Table 16 – Home Internet package distribution – October 2012
Table 17 – du IPTV subscribers – 2008 - 2012
Table 18 – Etisalat e-life subscribers – 2010 - 2012

The UAE enjoys Internet penetration rates that are among the highest in the region. Both incumbent Etisalat and alternative operator du are vying to offer faster broadband packages over a mixture of ADSL, mobile broadband and FttH. UAE governments at both federal and emirate level have been very interventionist, particularly Dubai, with programs to foster development of the digital economy. Government policy has also included encouragement for media, IT and Internet-related businesses and Dubai has become a regional centre for the industry. Satellite delivered television is a particularly healthy industry in the Middle East region and much of it is now also headquartered in Dubai.


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