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United Arab Emirates - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

United Arab Emirates - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

The UAE generally leads the Middle East Arab countries in ICT rankings, with a well-developed and technologically advanced telecom sector and high levels of mobile and broadband penetration. The UAE has two fixed network and mobile operators: the original incumbent Etisalat and operator du, which launched services in February 2007. Fixed-line competition increased recently with the TRA announcing in late 2015 that fixed network sharing had finally been implemented across the country with both operators now able to offer and market services in locations previously withheld.

Etisalat is one of the most profitable telecom organisations in the region; it is a large contributor to UAE's economic development, (after petroleum) and one of the largest companies in the Middle East. Besides being the incumbent telco in the UAE, Etisalat operates in several other African and Asian countries.

This report provides a concise overview, backed by statistics, of the telecoms market, the regulatory background, and the fixed-line sector.

Companies covered in this report:

Etisalat; du; Yahsat


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market overview
3.2 Market analysis
3.3 Key developments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Draft bill for new authority
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4.1 Second operator
4.4.2 Third operator
4.4.3 Satellite licence
4.5 Interconnect and access
4.6 Fibre access
4.7 Number Portability (NP)
4.8 Royalty payments
4.9 Censorship
5. Fixed network operators in UAE
5.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
5.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
5.3 Yahsat
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Terrestrial cable networks
6.2.3 Satellite networks
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 Smart grids
7.2 Smart cities
7.2.1 Masdar City
7.3 Connected homes
8. Related reports
Table 1 United Arab Emirates - country statistics 2017
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2017
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2017
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 UAE GDP and inflation 2012 - 2017
Table 7 UAE telecommunications revenue by sector 2007 - 2015
Table 8 Etisalat group revenue and net profit 2005 Q2 2017
Table 9 Etisalat fixed subscribers and ARPU 2010 Q2 2017
Table 10 du revenue breakdown and profit/loss 2006 2016
Table 11 du fixed line subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 12 du fixed line subscriber market share service breakdown 2014; 2016
Table 13 UAE fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2017
Table 14 UAE domestic and international voice revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 15 UAE international telephone revenues 2008 - 2015
Table 16 UAE monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU 2008 - 2015
Exhibit 1 UAE submarine cable networks

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