United Arab Emirates - Mobile Market - Overview and Statistics
The UAE boasts penetration levels that are among the worlds highest. The market is served by a duopoly comprised of incumbent Etisalat and relatively new market entrant du. Both operators are locally owned and boast a significant level of government ownership. The UAE is a particularly unique market as the very high expatriate population at over 80% presents opportunities that might not be present in markets with a less fluid population.
Both operators have deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks which are underpinning new growth opportunities centred on mobile broadband, content and applications. Nokia handsets are very popular in the UAE with over half of registered mobile users owning a Nokia. In terms of mobile operating systems, Symbian in the clear leader with around a 50% market share.
This BuddeComm report provides valuable insights on the UAE mobile market and includes key trends and statistics.