Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q1 2016

Date: November 18, 2015
Pages: 49
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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BMI View: The telecoms market in Bahrain is dynamic and very open for innovative technologies and services. Bundled packages are well established and consumers show appetite for content. With all operators' networks now covering 100% of the population with high speeds, operators are turning to new services and content to differentiate themselves from their rivals. During 2014, all operators launched VOD services. VIVA Bahrain has partnered UAE-based video streaming provider Icflix to offer its subscribers access to Icflix content. VIVA Bahrain now also allows its subscribers to pay subscription fees of Shahid Plus via UAE-based Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group). The partnership is supported by a strategic deal between VIVA, MBC Group and Intigral, a UAE-based digital content company. Zain Bahrain has entered a partnership with currency exchange and money transfer services provider National Finance and Exchange Company (NAFEX) to offer special telecoms benefits to expatriate customers while making remittances back home. Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has launched its voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in association with Swedish telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson. The service allows simultaneous high definition voice calls and video with faster call set-up time. Batelco has also launched new services based on cloud systems. The development is part of the operator's strategy to focus more on the Bahraini enterprises sector.

Latest Updates & Industry Developments
  • Bahrain's mobile market reached 2.47mn subscriptions at the end of March 2015, for a penetration rate of 179.3%.
  • The launch of LTE has boosted the 3G/4G market, which reached 1.82mn subscriptions in Q115. About 17% of all mobile broadband subscriptions were dedicated data subscriptions at the time.
  • Fixed wireline continues to decline as it remains affected by mobile substitution. Over Q115, fixed broadband increased to about 180,000 subscriptions while fixed voice dropped to 237,000 from 174,000 and 242,000 respectively. Bundles are included in these figures.
BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
  Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Bahrain 2012-2019)
Structural Trends
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
  Table: Central And Eastern Europe Telecoms Risk/Rewards Index, Q1 2016
Market Overview
Market Drivers & Trends
Wireline Voice & ARPU
Pay TV/Convergence
Regulatory Development
Licensing And Spectrum
Mobile Termination Rates
Competition Policy
Competitive Landscape
  Table: Key Players: Bahrain Telecoms Sector
Key Data
  Table: Bahrain Mobile Market Overview
  Table: Batelco
  Table: Zain
  Table: VIVA
Company Profile
Demographic Forecast
  Table: Population Headline Indicators (Bahrain 1990-2025)
  Table: Key Population Ratios (Bahrain 1990-2025)
  Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Bahrain 1990-2025)
  Table: Population By Age Group (Bahrain 1990-2025)
  Table: Population By Age Group % (Bahrain 1990-2025)
  Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
  Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
  Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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