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.
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).
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
4.7 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
7.2 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
8.4 Wireless Broadband
9. Digital economy
10. Digital media
10.2 Bundled offers
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
11.5 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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