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Yemen - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Yemen - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Projects are underway in Yemen to improve telecommunications infrastructure

There is progress towards improving Yemen's fixed infrastructure with the first phase of the one-million new lines project underway. This project is expected to be implemented by 2015 and will see the installation of 400,000 ADSL and telephone lines across the country.

In addition, new transmission stations are being installed to support WiMAX and it is planned that coverage will encompass all of Yemen by 2015. Yemen will also benefit from the construction of the AAE-1 and Sea-Me-We submarine cables which are to be constructed over the next couple of years.

Yemen's national telecom network has been modernised, with most major and secondary cities linked with fibre optic cable. Four mobile operators also ensure GSM and CDMA mobile services are available. Mobile broadband services are still unaffordable for much of the population.

While competition has been introduced into the mobile sector, there is no competition in fixed lines and very little in Internet provision. With Yemen's formal acceptance into the World Trade Organization in mid 2014; we should see further progress towards telecoms liberalisation in the future.

While many of the above initiatives are positive signs for Yemen's telecoms sector; on the whole the country faces significant challenges due to its political, economical and domestic insecurity. Yemen is one of the poorest countries 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.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband | 0.16 | 0.38
Fixed-line telephony | 1.11 | 1.16
Mobile phone | 13.9 | 21.13
(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.


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 Broadband overview
8.3 Internet and broadband statistics
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 MTN Yemen
11.3.2 SabaFon
11.3.3 TeleYemen/Yemen Mobile
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
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Yemen 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed broadband subscribers - 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
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 Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions 2011 - 2014
Table 10 Internet user and penetration estimates 1997 - 2014
Table 11 Households with Internet access 2004 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 13 Household PC penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 14 International Internet bandwidth 2005 - 2013
Table 15 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 16 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 17 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2011 - 2014
Table 18 MTN subscribers, ARPU, and market share 2005 - 2014
Table 19 SabaFon subscribers 2004 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and annual change 2005 - 2015

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