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Yemen - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


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Developing market experiences steady growth

Yemen is very much the poorest country in the Middle East. Heavily dependent on declining oil production, the economy faces impending hardship given forecasts of reserve depletion. Adding to its difficulties are heavy subsidies for items such as fuel and acute water shortages.

Yemen's telecom sector is representative of the growth opportunities that abound in such a developing market. Fixed line subscriptions are increasing, with a penetration rate of less than 5% indicating significant room for growth. The national telecom network has been modernised, with most major and secondary cities were linked with fibre optic cable and further investments made to increase international Internet capacity. Given that over 60% of the population lives in rural areas a significant amount of fixed line investment has been in the form of wireless local loops based on a variety of technologies.

Although penetration levels are low, Internet usage in Yemen is increasing. Yemen's mobile operators have emerged as viable infrastructure-based competitors to the fixed line incumbent, TeleYemen, given the speeds offered, reach of their networks, developed product distribution channels and established customer base and brand. However without introduction of competing 3G services the capability of the mobile network operators to offer a competitive broadband product to the incumbent is limited.

Mobile services are now provided by four operators: YemenMobile, SabaFon, MTN Yemen and Y Telecom. Mobile penetration levels are steadily increasing and current penetration levels indicate there is much room for growth. Yemen's mobile data market is in the nascent stages of development, with mobile messaging and mobile Internet access offered although serious competition is unlikely until the GSM operators are permitted to launch 3G services.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014

Subscribers to telecoms services (million):

Fixed Broadband | 0.2 | 0.6
Fixed-line telephony | 1.1 | 1.2
Mobile phone | 13.9 | 17.4
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:

TeleYemen, Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), Yemen General Corporation for Radio and Television (YGCRT), Yemen Mobile, SabaFon, MTN Yemen, Y Telecom.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Yemen's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Internet;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband;
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2023;


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Yemen's telecom market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation in Yemen
5.3 Privatisation
6. Fixed network operators in Yemen
6.1 TeleYemen/Yemen International Telecommunication Company
6.2 Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Internet and broadband statistics
8.3 Broadband subscriber forecasts
8.4 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.5 Wireless Broadband
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-education
9.2 E-government
9.3 E-health
10. Digital broadcasting
10.1 Overview
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Overview of Yemen's mobile market
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.2 Regulatory issues
11.2.1 GSM licences awarded
11.2.2 Third GSM licence
11.3 Major mobile operators
11.3.1 TeleYemen/Yemen Mobile
11.3.2 SabaFon
11.3.3 MTN Yemen
11.3.4 HiTS Unitel/Y Telecom
11.4 Mobile voice services
11.4.1 Prepaid
11.4.2 Satellite mobile
11.5 Mobile Data
11.5.1 Mobile Messaging
11.5.2 Mobile broadband
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Yemen 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Fixed broadband subscribers - 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 9 Internet user and penetration estimates 1997 - 2014
Table 10 Households with Internet access 2004 - 2014
Table 11 Fixed broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 12 Household PC penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 13 International Internet bandwidth 2005 - 2012
Table 14 Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen higher growth scenario 2013; 2018; 2023
Table 15 Forecast mobile subscribers in Yemen lower growth scenario 2013; 2018; 2023
Table 16 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998 - 2014
Table 17 SabaFon subscribers 2004 - 2013
Table 18 Prepaid subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 19 Total SMS messages sent 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions 2011 - 2014
Chart 1 Yemen fixed-line and mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014

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