Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

Qatar is demonstrating leadership in 5G development

There has been significant activity surrounding 5G development in Qatar for some time, with Ooredoo Qatar showing particular interest by establishing partnerships with solution providers like Ericsson and Nokia.

These efforts towards 5G development culminated in 2018 with Ooredoo Qatar claiming it had deployed the first commercial 5G network in the world. In May 2018 it had switched on its live 3.5GHz 5G (Non-Standalone) New Radio (NR) network and a couple of months later it further announced it had deployed 50 active sites around the capital of Doha.

Not to be undone, Vodafone Qatar soon announced it had also conducted 5G testing and began deploying its 5G network at around 50 locations across Qatar. By the end of 2018 August 2018, this initial 5G network had been launched and Vodafone had connected its first enterprise customer. However until 5G compatible devices become available-both operators will be unable to offer significant mass market 5G services.

Qatar's mobile sector has been very progressive for some time, with substantial LTE networks in place. It is also considered to be one of the most highly connected markets in the Middle East with broadband penetration among the highest in the region. Services are available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile. There is lack of competition in the fixed market in Qatar however.

Qatari citizens are some of the largest users of the Internet in the Middle East and have also embraced Over-The-Top (OTT) services. Generally speaking, the GCC countries, including Qatar, represent the more progressive countries in terms of telecoms development in the Middle East region.

This valuable report provides analyses, information, industry statistics and insights into Qatar's progressive telecoms sector. It also includes BuddeComm's Middle East Telecoms Maturity Index, which is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in 11 countries across the Middle East.

Key developments:

Recently consumers have embraced bundled packages, with both the uptake of double and triple-play increasing considerably, assisting the operators in their attempts to diversify operations.

The CRA increased its powers in 2018, allowing it greater scrutiny of the operators.

Increasing international capacity will assist in Qatar's long-term development goals as stated in its National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Ooredoo Qatar, Vodafone Qatar, Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical overview

3.2 Market analysis

3.3 Key recent developments

3.4 Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) 2017

3.4.1 TMI versus GDP

3.4.2 Middle East mobile and mobile broadband penetration

3.4.3 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3.4.4 GCC countries fixed and mobile broadband penetration

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Historic overview

4.1.1 Telecommunications Law 2006

4.1.2 Telecommunications Executive By-Law 2009

4.2 Regulatory authority

4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar

4.4 Privatisation

4.5 Interconnect

4.6 Access

4.7 Wholesale transmission

5. Fixed network operator

5.1 Ooredoo Qatar/Qtel

5.1.1 Historical overview-Qtel

5.1.2 Rebranded as Ooredoo Qatar

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)

6.2.1 Submarine cable networks

6.2.2 Fibre network

6.2.3 Satellite networks

6.2.4 Data centre/data management

7. Smart infrastructure

7.1 M2M/IoT

7.2 Smart grids

7.3 Smart cities

8. Broadband access market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.1.1 Market analysis

8.1.2 Broadband statistics

8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.3 Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)

8.3.1 Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN)

8.3.2 Vodafone Qatar

8.3.3 Ooredoo

8.4 Wireless Broadband

8.4.1 WiFi

9. Digital economy

9.1 Introduction

9.2 e-Commerce

9.3 e-Banking

10. Digital media

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Bundled offers

10.3 Videostreaming

10.4 VoIP

11. Mobile communications

11.1 Market analysis

11.2 Mobile statistics

11.2.1 General statistics

11.3 Mobile broadband statistics

11.4 Regulatory issues

11.4.1 New executive powers

11.4.2 Second mobile licence

11.4.3 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

11.4.4 Roaming tariff reduction

11.4.5 NP

11.5 Mobile infrastructure

11.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks

11.5.2 Digital networks

11.6 Major mobile operators

11.6.1 Ooredoo Qatar

11.6.2 Vodafone Qatar

11.7 Mobile content and applications

11.7.1 Mobile messaging

11.8 Mobile handsets

12. Related reports

Exhibit 1 Middle East-Key characteristics of telecoms markets by country

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Chart 1 Middle East-Telecoms Maturity Index-2017

Chart 2 Middle East-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita-2017

Chart 3 Middle East-mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration-2017

Chart 4 Middle East-fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration-2017

Chart 5 GCC members fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration-2017

List of Tables

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Qatar 2018

Table 2 Qatar GDP and inflation 2012-2018

Table 3 Ooredoo Group revenue, EBITDA and net profit 2005 Q1 2018

Table 4 Ooredoo Qatar revenue and EBITDA 2005 Q1 2018

Table 5 Ooredoo Qatar customers 2010 Q1 2018

Table 6 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995-2018

Table 7 Historical-internet penetration 1995-2016

Table 8 Internet penetration and users 2016-2018

Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers 2002-2018

Table 10 Fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2012-2016

Table 11 Household PC penetration 2007-2015

Table 12 International Internet bandwidth 2003-2016

Table 13 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate-1995-2004

Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005-2018

Table 15 Mobile operators' market share 2009-2017

Table 16 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008-2018

Table 17 Ooredoo Qatar revenue and net profit 2005 1H 2018

Table 18 Vodafone Qatar financial data 2009-2017

Table 19 Vodafone Qatar mobile subscribers 2009-2017: Ken Research

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