Customers benefit from progressive telecoms market in Qatar
Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and a leader in the Middle East. In 2016 the country has a vast array of networks and services on offer including 4G, VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and fibre-based technologies. It is also looking towards a future based on 5G.
Broadband penetration is among the highest in the region, with services available via ADSL, Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), wireless and mobile.
Qatar has embarked on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Company (QNBN) was appointed to operate the network and offer wholesale broadband capacity to both Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar. Much of this development is being driven by a forward thinking and supportive government.
In mid-2016 another milestone was reached for Qatar with the landing of the AAE-1 submarine cable. Ooredoo was one of the key consortium members for the project and envisions faster global routing and more reliable bandwidth for the citizens of Qatar. AAE-1 links to the major Internet hubs of Asia-Africa and Europe.
Increasing international capacity will also assist in Qatar's long term development goals as stated in its National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar firmly has its sights set on being a Smart City of the future and the hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is attributing to the fast development of smart infrastructure initiatives.
Key telecom parameters 2013; 2016
Sector | 2013 | 2016
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed broadband | 0.215 | 0.257
Fixed-line telephony | 0.412 | 0.431
Mobile phone | 3.31 | 3.71
(Source: BuddeComm based on industry data)
In August 2016 Ooredoo completed the landing of the AAE-1 submarine in Qatar.
Both VoLTE and LTE-A services have been launched in Qatar over the past twelve months or so.
In June 2015, the CRA announced Qatar would have mandatory reductions to roaming charges for voice calls, SMS, and mobile data coming into initial effect on the 1st of April 2016.
Qatar's second independent satellite is currently under construction with plans that Es'hail 2 would be launched in in the third quarter of 2017.
Companies covered 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 Recent developments
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 Recent developments
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 New developments such as NGN, fibre networks etc
6.2.3 Satellite networks
6.2.4 Specific IT developments (data centres, cloud computing)
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
9.6.1 Knowledge Net (KNET)
10. Digital media
10.3.2 Major players
10.4 Social media
10.5 Communications: VoIP
10.6 On line gaming and gambling
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.2.2 Mobile voice
11.2.3 Mobile data
11.3 Mobile broadband statistics
11.4 Regulatory issues
11.4.1 Second mobile licence
11.4.2 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
11.4.3 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
11.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
11.8 Mobile handsets
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Qatar-2016
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2011-2016
Table 8 Ooredoo Group revenue and net profit 2005 1H 2016
Table 9 Ooredoo Qatar revenue and net profit 2005 1H 2016
Table 10 Ooredoo Qatar customers and blended ARPU 2010-2015
Table 11 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995-2016
Table 12 Internet penetration 1995-2016
Table 13 Fixed broadband subscribers 2002-2016
Table 14 Household PC penetration 2007-2015
Table 15 International Internet bandwidth 2003-2015
Table 16-Facebook Stats for Qatar compared to Middle Eastern countries as at July 2015
Table 17 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate-1995-2004
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005-2016
Table 19 Mobile operators' market share 2009-2015
Table 20 Ooredoo and Vodafone prepaid share 2000-2014
Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008-2016
Table 22 Ooredoo Qatar blended ARPU-2009-2015
Table 23 Ooredoo Qatar subscribers 2007-2015
Table 24 Vodafone Qatar financial data 2009-2016
Table 25 Vodafone Qatar subscribers and ARPU 2009-2016
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