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United Arab Emirates - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-line Telecoms Overview


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The UAE has long held the distinction of possessing a well-developed and technologically advanced telecommunications sector with high mobile, telephone and Internet penetration. Competition is slowly improving after the market was liberalised to fulfil World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements. Incumbent Etisalat competes with du and Yahsat. Faced with increasing domestic competition Etisalat expanded internationally in the Middle East, Africa and West Asia. This report provides a concise overview, backed by statistics, of the telecoms market, the regulatory background and the fixed-line market.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of UAE’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Liberalisation
4.3.1 Second operator
4.3.2 Third operator
4.3.3 Satellite licence
4.3.4 Interconnection and access
4.3.5 Number Portability (NP)
4.4 VoIP usage
5. Fixed network operators in UAE
5.1 Overview
5.2 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
5.3 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
5.4 Yahsat
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom networks
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Terrestrial cable networks
6.2.3 Satellite networks
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics United Arab Emirates – 2012
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2013
Table 3 – Internet user and subscriber statistics – 2013
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2013
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2013
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – GDP growth and inflation – 2005 - 2013
Table 8 – Total telecommunications revenue by sector – 2007 - 2011
Table 9 – Total fixed network revenue and ARPU – 2007 - 2011
Table 10 – Total domestic and international voice revenue – 2008 - 2011
Table 11 – International outgoing traffic – 2008 - 2011
Table 12 – International outgoing revenue – 2008 - 2011
Table 13 – Average monthly spend on fixed services – October 2012
Table 14 – Total fixed voice minutes and Monthly MOU – 2008 - 2011
Table 15 – Total annual fixed voice minutes breakdown – 2008 - 2011
Table 16 – Reasons for not having a Fixed Line at home – October 2012
Table 17 – Reasons for cancelling Fixed Line at home – October 2012
Table 18 – Etisalat group revenues and divisional representation – 2005 - 2012
Table 19 – Etisalat fixed subscribers and ARPU – 2010 - 2012
Table 20 – du revenue and profit/loss – 2006 - 2012
Table 21 – du fixed line subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 22 – du fixed line subscribers breakdown – September 2012
Table 23 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2013
Chart 1 – UAE fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013

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