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United Arab Emirates - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

United Arab Emirates - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Two MVNOs join the UAE telecoms market

For the first time, two MVNOs have launched in the UAE with both Etisalat and du introducing their own wholly owned MVNO services in 2017. This will assist to serve a highly penetrated mobile market, whereby the UAE is among the highest in the world, largely due to the country’s affluence as well as to a significantly sized and fluid population of expatriate workers.

Smart phone adoption has grown quickly in the UAE and now accounts for over 81% of the total registered handset market. In conjunction, mobile broadband subscriptions are also experiencing strong growth and now exceed 155% penetration.

In order to meet future demand, both mobile operators are working on 5G development, with Etisalat (in conjunction with Ericsson) hoping to commercially launch services in 2019.

Fibre-optic networks also continue to be developed in the UAE, with du launching an ultra-high speed fibre service in 2016, in conjunction with Huawei. Etisalat announced plans to further invest in its fibre network during 2017.

Key developments:

Royalty payments by the telcos to the UAE government have been frozen at 2016 levels through to 2021.

The United Arab Emirates is a prime location for the rise of streaming video and video-on-demand services due to its strong mobile and fixed infrastructure and a population which traditionally enjoys TV and entertainment.

Fibre broadband penetration in the UAE is one of the highest in the world and Etisalat dominates in terms of fibre broadband subscriber market share.

Smart technology developments are well underway in the UAE.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Etisalat; du; Thuraya; Axiom Telecom; Virgin Mobile; Swyp; Yahsat.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table United Arab Emirates - country statistics - 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table UAE - GDP and inflation - 2012 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table UAE - telecommunications revenue by sector - 2007 - 2015
    • KEY DEVELOPMENTS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • DRAFT BILL FOR NEW AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Second operator
      • Third operator
      • Satellite licence
    • INTERCONNECT AND ACCESS
    • FIBRE ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • ROYALTY PAYMENTS
    • CENSORSHIP
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • EMIRATES TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (ETISALAT)
      • Table Etisalat group revenue and net profit - 2005 - Q2 2017
      • Table Etisalat fixed subscribers and ARPU - 2010 - Q2 2017
    • EMIRATES INTEGRATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY/DU
      • Table du revenue breakdown and profit/loss - 2006 - 2016
      • Table du fixed line subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Table du fixed line subscriber market share service breakdown - 2014; 2016
    • YAHSAT
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table UAE - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2017
        • Table UAE - domestic and international voice revenue - 2008 - 2015
        • Table UAE - international telephone revenues - 2008 - 2015
        • Table UAE - monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU - 2008 - 2015
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Terrestrial cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grids
      • Smart cities
      • Connected homes
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table UAE - internet users and penetration - 1995 - 2016
      • Table UAE - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2017
      • Table Etisalat fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Table UAE - international internet bandwidth - 2006 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) AND FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH)
      • Table UAE - Subscribers to FttH/FttB - 2015; 2016
      • Table UAE - Operators fibre broadband market share - 2015; 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Other fixed broadband services
      • Internet via satellite
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2017
        • Table UAE - mobile operators' market share by subscribers - 2010 - 2016
        • Table UAE - mobile revenue and ARPU - 2008 - 2015
        • Table UAE - prepaid vs postpaid revenue - 2008 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table UAE - prepaid subscribers - 2005 - 2017 1H
      • Mobile data
        • Table UAE - SMS and MMS sent - 2007 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband statistics
        • Table UAE - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Roaming tariff reduction
      • MNP
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Etisalat
        • Table Etisalat mobile subscribers and blended ARPU - 2011 - Q2 2017
      • du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
        • Table du mobile revenue - 2009 - 2016
        • Table du mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2016
        • Table du mobile minutes of use (MOU) - 2010 - 2014
      • MVNOs
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table UAE - handset manufacturers' market share - 2013; 2015; 2017

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