Qatar-Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband-Statistics and Analyses

Qatar-Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband-Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

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)

Key developments:

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).

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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 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

4.4 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 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

7.1 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

9.4 e-Government

9.5 e-Health

9.6 e-Education

9.6.1 Knowledge Net (KNET)

10. Digital media

10.1.1 Introduction

10.2 Advertising

10.3 Videostreaming

10.3.1 Introduction

10.3.2 Major players

10.4 Social media

10.4.1 Introduction

10.5 Communications: VoIP

10.5.1 Introduction

10.6 On line gaming and gambling

10.6.1 Introduction

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

11.4.4 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 m-commerce

11.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)

11.7.3 m-TV

11.7.4 m-health

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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