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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-101 | Pages: 31 | Published: Jun-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive Summary
Maintaining basic telecommunications services has become a priority for war-torn SyriaThe civil war which has been underway in Syria for many years has left a trail of destruction and despair. The serious humanitarian issues have gained the international attention of the global community and efforts are underway to alleviate some of the more urgent needs, such as food shortages and medical attention.
While some parts of Syria have been more seriously affected than others, there are reportedly around 13.5 million of Syrias population who are in need and considered to be displaced - and 4.6 million of these are in besieged or difficult to areas.
The volatile environment in Syria has led some of the telecom operators, such as MTN Syria, to restrict operations to the safer coastal areas and capital city, Damascus.
Telecommunications in Syria have become decentralized and there is reportedly damage to infrastructure and equipment. The international aid network known as the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has been operating in Syria since 2013 and currently has 13 sites in and around Syria which provide emergency Internet connectivity and telecommunications services.
It is hoped that once the civil unrest is resolved or subsides in Syria; opportunities for telecoms growth will again arise. Syria has a reasonably high mobile penetration and many Syrians own cheap or second hand smart phones. Opportunities may exist for mobile broadband growth in the medium-term and development of Syrias fixed broadband may gather pace once the country stabilises.
Please note: due to the civil unrest in Syria, obtaining information and statistics on this market can be difficult at times and the level of destruction to telecoms infrastructure is largely unknown.
Table 1 - Key telecom parameters - 2013; 2016
Sector20132016
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed Broadband users0.340.71
Fixed-line telephony4.423.5
Mobile phone12.2915.6
Key developments:
The years of civil unrest in Syria have taken their toll on Syrias telecommunications infrastructure and while the capital Damascus has survived reasonably well, it is the outskirts, rural and remote areas which have felt the brunt of the destruction.
With 3G/HSDPA networks in place, the focus for mobile data has firmly shifted to mobile broadband offerings.
In early 2017 reports were surfacing that a third mobile operator would enter the Syrian market.
MTN Syria has experienced recent plateau in subscriber growth due to the challenging environment.
Syriatel reported net revenue growth for FY 2016.Companies covered in this report include:Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel.



Table of Contents:


1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market analysis
3.3 Market challenges
3.4 Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Syria
4.4 Interconnect
5. Fixed network operators in Syria
5.1 Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.1.1 Market analysis
8.1.2 Broadband statistics
8.1.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
9. Digital economy
9.1 Introduction
9.2 e-Government
9.3 e-Health
9.4 e-Education
9.5 Social media
9.6 Broadcasting
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Mobile voice
10.3.1 Prepaid
10.4 Mobile data
10.4.1 SMS and MMS
10.5 Mobile broadband statistics
10.6 Regulatory issues
10.6.1 Third mobile licence
10.6.2 Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses
10.7 Mobile infrastructure
10.7.1 GSM, 3G
10.7.2 Satellite mobile
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Operators
11.1.1 Syriatel
11.1.2 MTN Syria
11.2 Mobile content and applications
11.2.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
12. Related reports
Table 1 - Key telecom parameters - 2013; 2016
Table 2 - Country statistics - Syria - 2017
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Broadband statistics - Syria - 2015
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - Syria - 2016
Table 6 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 - GDP growth and inflation - 2005 - 2017
Table 8 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2016
Table 9 - Percentage of Internet users - 2010 - 2015
Table 10 - Fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2015
Table 11 - International Internet bandwidth - 2004 - 2015
Table 12 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2016
Table 13 - Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2009 - 2015
Table 14 - Syriatel - Revenue - 2008 - 2016
Table 15 - MTN Syria Revenue and CAPEX - 2009 - mid 2016
Table 16 - MTN Syria - Subscribers - 2009 - 2016