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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-77 | Pages: 54 | Published: May-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive summary
Telecommunications revenues rising in the Kingdom of BahrainThere are many positive developments occurring in the liberalised telecoms market of Bahrain. Telecommunications industry revenues are rising, mobile penetration is very high and mobile data is growing faster than voice. There are now well over 2.8 million mobile subscriptions in the Kingdom and penetration sits at over 200%.
Consumers are reaping the benefit of competition which has led to a decline in prices for services. Roaming costs have also dropped and will continue to do so for the next few years. The unlicensed mobile sector, led by handset devices, resulted in a revenue growth of 88% between 2014 and 2015.
With mobile subscribers accounting for the majority of broadband subscriptions in Bahrain, the operators are focusing heavily on improving mobile infrastructure. LTE networks are well established and the operators are now looking towards new services like VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and the potential of 5G in the future.
Bahrains Fourth National Telecommunications Plan was prepared by the end of 2015 and given approval by the Ministry in May 2016. It will focus on fibre-optic infrastructure and affordable prices for high-speed access. It also includes 5G development and readiness.
Table 1 - Key telecom parameters - 2014; 2017
Sector20142017
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions1.92.4
Fixed-line telephony0.240.23
Mobile phone2.322.95
Key developments:

Infrastructure-based competition has been essential to growth; ADSL was once the dominant means of broadband access prior to widespread adoption of WiMAX and mobile broadband.
Around 79% of mobile subscriptions are prepaid in Bahrain.
At the end of Q3 2016, mobile broadband subscriptions accounted for 64% of total mobile subscriptions in Bahrain.
The Fourth National Telecommunications Plan was approved in May 2016.
Batelco and Ericsson formed a partnership in 2017 which will see them undergo network upgrades to provide LTE-A services as well as expand VoLTE services. It is hoped the infrastructure will also provide the framework for 5G in the future.
Zain Bahrain has seen increases in its data revenues during both 2015 and 2016 and data now accounts for around 41% of total revenues.
Consumers in Bahrain and other Gulf countries are beginning to enjoy price reductions on roaming rates. Companies covered in this report include:
Batelco, MenaTelecom, Kalaam Telecom, 2Connect, Noorsat, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain.


Table of Contents:


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Telecommunications market
3.2.1 Market analysis
3.3 Recent developments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Overview
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
4.3.1 First National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.2 Second National Telecommunications Plan and planned measures
4.3.3 Third National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.4 Fourth National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.5 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Access
4.6 Number portability
4.7 Privatisation
5. Fixed network operators in Bahrain
5.1 Overview
5.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
5.2.1 Historical overview
5.2.2 Recent developments
5.3 Alternative operators
5.3.1 MenaTelecom
5.3.2 Kalaam Telecom
5.3.3 2Connect (revoked)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.2.3 Noorsat
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 M2M/IoT/Big Data
7.2 Smart energy
8. Wholesaling
8.1 Overview
9. Broadband access market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Broadband subscriber forecasts
9.3.1 Scenario 1 - higher growth
9.3.2 Scenario 2 - lower growth
9.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
9.4.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
9.5 Other fixed broadband services
9.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
9.5.2 iBurst
10. Digital economy
10.1 Introduction
10.2 e-Commerce
10.2.1 Sharing economy
10.3 e-Banking
10.4 e-Government
10.5 e-Health
10.6 e-Education
11. Digital media
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Videostreaming
11.2.1 Introduction
11.2.2 Video-based services
11.2.3 Broadband TV (IPTV)
11.3 Social media
11.4 VoIP
11.5 Music
11.6 On line gaming and gambling
12. Mobile communications
12.1 Market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.2.1 General statistics
12.3 Mobile voice
12.3.1 Prepaid
12.3.2 Mobile data
12.4 Mobile broadband statistics
12.5 Regulatory issues
12.5.1 Second mobile licence
12.5.2 Third mobile licence
12.5.3 Prepaid subscriber registration
12.5.4 Roaming tariff reduction
12.5.5 MNP
12.6 Mobile infrastructure
12.6.1 Brief intro analogue networks
12.6.2 Digital networks
12.6.3 5G
12.7 Major mobile operators
12.7.1 Batelco
12.7.2 Zain Bahrain
12.7.3 Viva Bahrain / STC Bahrain
12.8 Mobile content and applications
12.8.1 m-commerce
12.8.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
12.8.3 m-TV
12.9 Mobile handsets
13. Related reports
Table 1 - Key telecom parameters - 2014; 2017
Table 2 - Country statistics - Bahrain
Table 3 - Telecom revenue statistic - 2015
Table 4 - Telephone network statistics - 2017
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - 2017
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2017
Table 7 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 - GDP real growth rate and inflation - 2005 - 2016
Table 9 - Telecom sector revenue - 2006 - 2015
Table 10 - Telecom sector revenue breakdown - 2012 - 2014
Table 11 - Batelco revenue and profit - 2005 - Q1 2017
Table 12 - Batelco revenue by division - 2005 - 2015
Table 13 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
Table 14 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2017
Table 15 - ARPU for National calls - 2010 - 2014
Table 17 - Internet users and penetration estimates - 2011 - 2017
Table 18 - Fixed and mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2017
Table 19 - Broadband sector revenue - 2010 - 2014
Table 20 - Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2018; 2024
Table 21 - Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario -2018; 2024
Table 22 - Bahrain - IPTV subscribers - Q1 2013; Q1 2014; Q1 2015
Table 23 - Facebook Stats for Bahrain compared to other Middle Eastern countries - as at August 2016
Table 24 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 25 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2017
Table 26 - Mobile market revenue - 2007 - 2015
Table 27 - Mobile monthly ARPU - 2008 - 2014
Table 28 - Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - Q3 2016
Table 29 - Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2015
Table 30 - SMS message sent - 2008 - 2013
Table 31 - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2012 - Q3 2016
Table 32 - Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests - 2011 - Q3 2016
Table 33 - Batelco total group mobile subscribers - 2005 - Q1 2017
Table 34 - Zain Bahrain - revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX and ARPU - 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Bahrain - National fixed voice services operators