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Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
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Details: Mobile broadband revenues rising in the Middle EastFor those countries of the Middle East which have reached mobile saturation; we are beginning to see positive signs that mobile broadband revenues are beginning to grow. In Bahrain, for example, revenues from mobile broadband are continuously rising and now contribute over 35% to total broadband revenues - compared to only 7% in 2010. Mobile data and mobile broadband also present the next significant revenue growth opportunity for the mobile operators in Iran. Revenue from mobile data is quickly edging towards a 40% market share in Turkey, while mobile voice revenue is clearly in decline.
Many countries have invested heavily in improving mobile broadband infrastructure, including 4G LTE deployment. The operators in Israel, for example, have focused on expanding network coverage and increasing download speeds through LTE.
In 2016 in Lebanon, both Touch and Alfa are planning upgrading and expanding their 4G networks. Iran is also upgrading to TD-LTE as well as moving towards LTE-A.
Mobile broadband has also become a feasible proposition in Oman and a viable alternative to fixed broadband following substantial investments in HSPA and LTE technology.
Etisalat and du in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have both deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks which cover a large proportion of the country. Both operators are also demonstrating a key interest in 5G developments. Development of 4G in Jordan is well underway and growing strongly with an estimated penetration of around 11-14% in 2016.
Kuwait has one of the most vibrant and well established mobile sectors in the Middle East and the large operators are now moving towards offering more value-added services as well as technology and network upgrades. In the past year or so, Zain Kuwait has launched M2M services for corporate customers as well as VoLTE services. Zain Kuwait also recently conducted successful tests of 4.5G technology in conjunction with Huawei.
Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and is also 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.
Key developments:

Mobile broadband usage is growing in Bahrain - representing over 50% of total broadband usage today.
The mobile content and applications market in Israel has come under renewed focus given the increasing affordability and penetration of smartphones.
Mobile payments solutions are beginning to emerge in Lebanon and are being offered by banks and mobile operators alike.
The fingerprint law in Saudi Arabia has resulted in a drop in mobile broadband subscriptions.
Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular in the UAE, accounting for close to two thirds of the countrys mobile handsets.
There is ongoing Fixed-Mobile Conversion (FMC) taking place in Iran.
3G penetration is over 70% in Jordan.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Oman has approved the Access and Interconnection (A&I) Regulation which aims to make market entry easier for new players in order to promote competition.
Despite the challenging environment in Syria, there are some glimpses of hope with both mobile operators reporting rising in revenue in 2015, with much of this attributed to growth in mobile data services.
Broadband subscriber growth in Yemen has received a boost in recent years following the launch of mobile broadband services. However fixed and mobile broadband services are far from affordable for much of the population.
While growth in the Iraqi telecoms sector is currently influenced by the serious civil unrest occurring in the country; it is expected that there will be opportunities for grow in both the mobile communication and mobile broadband markets in the future.
Viva, Zain and Ooredoo of Kuwait have all turned their attention towards LTE-A. The involvement of Huawei has been pivotal to the development of LTE-A in Kuwait.
Both VoLTE and LTE-A services have been launched in Qatar over the past twelve months or so.In April 2016 4G LTE services were launched by Turkcell, Turk Telekom and Vodafone Turkey.

Table of Contents:


1. Regional overview mobile broadband market
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Bahrain
1.3 Israel
1.4 Lebanon
1.5 Saudi Arabia
1.6 United Arab Emirates
1.7 Iran
1.8 Jordan
1.9 Oman
1.10 Syria
1.11 Yemen
1.12 Iraq
1.13 Kuwait
1.14 Qatar
1.15 Turkey
2. Bahrain
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Mobile statistics
2.2.1 General statistics
2.3 Mobile voice
2.3.1 Prepaid
2.3.2 Mobile data
2.4 Mobile broadband statistics
2.5 Regulatory issues
2.5.1 Second mobile licence
2.5.2 Third mobile licence
2.5.3 Prepaid subscriber registration
2.5.4 Roaming tariff reduction
2.5.5 MNP
2.6 Mobile infrastructure
2.6.1 Brief intro analogue networks
2.6.2 Digital networks
2.6.3 5G
2.7 Mobile content and applications
2.7.1 m-commerce
2.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
2.7.3 m-TV
2.8 Mobile handsets
3. Iran
3.1 Market analysis
3.2 Mobile statistics
3.2.1 General statistics
3.2.2 Mobile voice
3.2.3 Mobile data
3.3 Mobile broadband statistics
3.4 Regulatory issues
3.4.1 Third Mobile licence - Tamin Telecom
3.4.2 Second GSM licence - Irancell
3.5 Mobile infrastructure
3.5.1 Digital networks
3.6 Other infrastructure developments
3.6.1 GPRS
3.7 Mobile content and applications
3.7.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
3.7.2 Apps
3.8 Mobile handsets
4. Iraq
4.1 Market analysis
4.1.1 Mobile statistics
4.2 Mobile subscriber forecasts
4.2.1 Scenario 1 - higher growth
4.2.2 Scenario 2 - lower growth
4.3 Mobile broadband statistics
4.4 Regulatory issues
4.4.1 Temporary mobile licences awarded in 2003
4.4.2 Permanent licences awarded in 2007
4.4.3 Fourth mobile licence
4.5 Mobile infrastructure
4.5.1 3G
4.5.2 LTE
4.5.3 Satellite mobile
4.6 Mobile data
4.6.1 Mobile Messaging
4.6.2 Mobile Internet access
4.7 Mobile content and applications
4.8 m-banking and m-payments
4.9 m-TV
4.10 Apps
5. Israel
5.1 Market analysis
5.1.1 Recent developments
5.2 Mobile statistics
5.2.1 General statistics
5.2.2 Mobile data
5.2.3 Mobile broadband statistics
5.3 Regulatory issues
5.3.1 Connection charges
5.3.2 Licensing
5.3.3 LTE Spectrum
5.3.4 Roaming
5.3.5 MTRs
5.3.6 Early termination fee reduction
5.3.7 MNP
5.3.8 Network sharing
5.4 Mobile infrastructure
5.4.1 Brief intro analogue networks
5.4.2 Digital networks
5.4.3 IoT and M2M networks
5.5 Mobile content and applications
5.5.1 m-commerce
5.5.2 m-advertising
5.5.3 m-TV
5.5.4 Apps
5.6 Mobile handsets
6. Jordan
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.2.1 General statistics
6.3 Mobile broadband statistics
6.4 Regulatory issues
6.4.1 Third GSM licence
6.4.2 3G licences
6.4.3 4G spectrum
6.4.4 SIM card registration
6.4.5 MTRs
6.5 Mobile infrastructure
6.5.1 Digital networks
6.5.2 Satellite mobile
6.6 IoT and M2M networks
6.7 Mobile content and applications
6.7.1 m-commerce
6.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
6.8 Mobile handsets
7. Kuwait
7.1 Market analysis
7.1.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile voice services
7.2.1 Prepaid
7.2.2 Satellite mobile
7.3 Mobile broadband statistics
7.4 Regulatory issues
7.4.1 Third mobile operator
7.4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
7.4.3 Roaming tariff reduction
7.4.4 Spectrum refarming for LTE
7.5 Mobile infrastructure
7.5.1 Analogue networks
7.5.2 Digital networks
7.5.3 Other infrastructure developments
7.5.4 IoT and M2M networks
7.6 Mobile content and applications
7.6.1 SMS and MMS
7.6.2 OTT messaging services
7.6.3 m-TV
7.6.4 m-advertising
7.6.5 m-banking
8. Lebanon
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General statistics
8.3 Mobile voice
8.3.1 Prepaid
8.3.2 Satellite mobile
8.3.3 Mobile VoIP
8.4 Mobile data
8.4.1 SMS and MMS
8.4.2 OTT messaging services
8.5 Mobile broadband statistics
8.6 Regulatory issues
8.6.1 Overview
8.6.2 Lebanons current mobile contracts
8.6.3 Open international tender 2015
8.7 Mobile infrastructure
8.7.1 Digital networks
8.8 IoT and M2M networks
8.9 Mobile content and applications
8.9.1 m-commerce
8.9.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
8.9.3 m-TV
8.9.4 Apps
8.10 Mobile handsets
9. Oman
9.1 Mobile market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile voice
9.2.3 Mobile data
9.3 Mobile broadband statistics
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Second mobile licence
9.4.2 Third mobile licence
9.4.3 Reseller/MVNO licences
9.4.4 Roaming
9.4.5 MNP
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
9.5.2 Digital networks
9.5.3 IoT and M2M networks
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 m-commerce
9.6.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
9.6.3 m-TV
9.7 Mobile handsets
10. Qatar
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics
10.2.2 Mobile voice
10.2.3 Mobile data
10.3 Mobile broadband statistics
10.4 Regulatory issues
10.4.1 Second mobile licence
10.4.2 Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
10.4.3 Roaming tariff reduction
10.4.4 NP
10.5 Mobile infrastructure
10.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
10.5.2 Digital networks
10.6 Mobile content and applications
10.6.1 m-commerce
10.6.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
10.6.3 m-TV
10.6.4 m-health
10.7 Mobile handsets
11. Saudi Arabia
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 Award of second GSM mobile licence
11.4.2 iDEN contract awarded
11.4.3 Award of Third Generation (3G) licences
11.4.4 Award of third mobile licence
11.4.5 Roaming
11.4.6 MTRs
11.4.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.4.8 Fingerprinting law
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
11.5.2 Digital networks
11.6 IoT and M2M networks
11.7 Mobile content and applications
11.7.1 m-commerce
11.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
11.8 Mobile handsets
12. Syria
12.1 Market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.3 Mobile voice
12.3.1 Prepaid
12.4 Mobile data
12.4.1 SMS and MMS
12.5 Mobile broadband statistics
12.6 Regulatory issues
12.6.1 Third mobile licence
12.6.2 Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses
12.7 Mobile infrastructure
12.7.1 GSM, 3G
12.7.2 Satellite mobile
12.8 Mobile content and applications
12.8.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
13. Turkey
13.1 Market analysis
13.1.1 Recent developments
13.2 Mobile statistics
13.2.1 Mobile voice
13.2.2 Mobile data
13.2.3 Mobile broadband statistics
13.3 Regulatory issues
13.3.1 Overview (recent general laws and regulations)
13.3.2 Third Generation (3G) licences
13.3.3 Third and fourth GSM licences
13.3.4 Significant market power (SMP)
13.3.5 MTRs
13.3.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
13.3.7 Telsim privatisation
13.4 Mobile infrastructure
13.4.1 Other infrastructure developments
13.4.2 IoT and M2M networks
13.5 Mobile content and applications
13.5.1 m-commerce
13.5.2 m-advertising
13.5.3 m-banking (payments/loans)
13.5.4 m-music
13.6 Mobile handsets
14. United Arab Emirates
14.1 Market analysis
14.2 Mobile statistics
14.2.1 General statistics
14.2.2 Mobile voice
14.2.3 Mobile data
14.2.4 Mobile broadband statistics
14.3 Regulatory issues
14.3.1 Roaming tariff reduction
14.3.2 MNP
14.4 Mobile infrastructure
14.4.1 Brief intro analogue networks
14.4.2 Digital networks
14.4.3 IoT and M2M networks
14.5 Mobile content and applications
14.5.1 Etisalat
14.5.2 du
14.5.3 m-commerce
14.5.4 m-banking (payments/loans)
14.5.5 m-TV
14.6 Mobile handsets
15. Yemen
15.1 Market analysis
15.2 Mobile statistics
15.3 Mobile data
15.3.1 SMS and MMS
15.3.2 OTT messaging services
15.4 Mobile broadband statistics
15.5 Regulatory issues
15.5.1 GSM licences awarded
15.5.2 Third GSM licence
15.6 Mobile infrastructure
15.7 Mobile handsets
Table 1 -Middle East - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration by country estimates - 2016
Table 2 - Bahrain - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 3 - Bahrain - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Table 4 - Bahrain - Mobile market revenue - 2007 - 2014
Table 5 - Bahrain - Mobile monthly ARPU - 2008 - 2014
Table 6 - Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - Q1 2015
Table 7 - Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2014
Table 8 - Bahrain - SMS message sent - 2008 - 2013
Table 9 - Bahrain - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2016
Table 10 - Bahrain - Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests - 2011 - 2015
Table 11 - Iran - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 12 - Iran - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 13 - Iran - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - 2016
Table 14 - MTN Irancell data revenue as percentage of total revenue - 2009 - 2015
Table 15 - Iraq - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2016
Table 16 - Iraq - Mobile operator market shares - 2004 - 2015
Table 17 - Iraq - Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2020; 2025
Table 18 - Iraq - Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2020; 2025
Table 19 - Iraq - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2014; 2015
Table 20 - Iraq - Zain - total daily data volume - 2010 - 2014
Table 21 - Israel - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 22 - Israel - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Table 23 - Israel - Mobile operators market share - 2010 - 2015
Table 24 - Israel - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2016
Table 25 - Israel - Smart phone market share by manufacturer - 2013; 2014
Table 26 - Jordan - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 27 - Jordan - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 28 - Jordan - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2015
Table 29 - Jordan - Major mobile operators market share - 2004 - 2015
Table 30 - Jordan - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2015
Table 31 - Jordan - Mobile Termination Rates - 2010 - 2014
Table 32 - Kuwait - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 33 - Kuwait - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 34 - Kuwait - Mobile operators market share - 2005 - 2015
Table 35 - Kuwait - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2015
Table 36 - Kuwait - Zain and Ooredoo - prepaid share - 2005 - 2015
Table 37 - Kuwait - active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2013 - 2016
Table 38 - Kuwait - Zain - Total daily data volume - 2010 - 2014
Table 39 - Lebanon - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 40 - Lebanon - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 41 - Lebanon - Mobile operators market share - 2004 - 1H 2015
Table 42 - Lebanon - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2016
Table 43 - Oman - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 44 - Oman - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 45 - Oman - Mobile sector total ARPU - 2005 - 2015
Table 46 - Oman - Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2005 - 2015
Table 47 - Oman Mobile and Ooredoo - prepaid share - 2007 - 2014
Table 48 - Oman - SMS messages sent - 2006 - 2014
Table 49 - Oman - MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2015
Table 50 - Oman - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2016
Table 51 - Qatar - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 52 - Qatar - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 53 - Qatar - Mobile operators market share - 2009 - 2015
Table 54 - Qatar - Ooredoo and Vodafone - prepaid share - 2000 - 2014
Table 55 - Qatar - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2016
Table 56 - Saudi Arabia - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2007 - Q3 2016
Table 57 - Saudi Arabia - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2014
Table 58 - Saudi Arabia - Major mobile operators subscribers and market shares - 2005 - 2014
Table 59 - Saudi Arabia - prepaid subscribers - 2002 - 2014
Table 60 - Saudi Arabia - Zain prepaid subscribers - 2008 - 2014
Table 61 - Saudi Arabia - Mobile broadband subscriptions - technologies and penetration - 2010 - Q3 2016
Table 62 - Syria - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2015
Table 63 - Syria - Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions - 2009 - 2015
Table 64 - Turkey - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 65 - Turkey - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2016
Table 66 - Turkey - 2G and 3G subscribers - 2009 - Q1 2016
Table 67 - Turkey - Breakdown of mobile revenue - 2008 - Q1 2016
Table 68 - Turkey - Mobile operators and subscribers - 2015
Table 69 - Turkey - Mobile subscribers by operator - 2007 - Q1 2016
Table 70 - Turkey - Mobile operators market share - 2007 - Q1 2016
Table 71 - Turkey - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2000 - Q1 2016
Table 72 - Turkey - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - Q1 2016
Table 73 - UAE - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - Q3 2016
Table 74 - UAE - mobile operators market share - 2010 - 2014
Table 75 - UAE - mobile revenue and ARPU - 2008 - 2014
Table 76 - UAE - prepaid vs postpaid revenue - 2008 - 2014
Table 77 - UAE - prepaid subscribers - 2005 - Q3 2016
Table 78 - UAE - SMS and MMS sent - 2007 - 2014
Table 79 - UAE - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
Table 80 - UAE - handset manufacturers market share - 2013-2015
Table 81 - Yemen - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 82 - Yemen - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2015
Table 83 - Yemen - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2011 - 2015
Chart 1 - Jordan - Mobile operators market share at a glance - 2015