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Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market

December 2019 | 97 pages | ID: MAC2C2C7AEAEN

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This valuable report on the fixed broadband sector in the Middle East provides information on trends and developments. The report provides key information, analysis and statistics on the fixed broadband sectors for the following countries: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


Fibre-based broadband growing in the Middle East

The deployment of fibre-based broadband infrastructure has attracted increased interest in many markets of the Middle East due to the rising demands on data from consumers and enterprises alike. Many countries are also recognizing that high-speed fixed broadband infrastructure will be required to underpin the current 5G evolution and provide the backbone for smart cities overall.

While broadband access based on DSL technology has been prevalent in many Middle Eastern countries, this is slowly changing in some markets, with fibre-based deployments increasing. In Saudi Arabia, for example, DSL subscriptions still accounted for the largest proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions in 2019, but fibre-based broadband subscriptions are growing faster. A similar situation is underway in Bahrain where DSL subscriptions still hold the majority market share – but have been declining since 2013 in favour of fibre broadband.

This increased interest in fibre-based broadband is also leading to innovation and new initiatives in some markets of the Middle East. In Lebanon, for example, the incumbent, Ogero, became one of the first in the world during 2019 to conduct a commercial trial of a fixed network slicing solution deployed to its FttH network.

Competition in the wholesale broadband market is improving in some markets as well and infrastructure sharing initiatives are being implemented. Licenses were recently awarded in Lebanon, for example, which allows alternative service providers to operate and supply FttH services to consumers, using Ogero’s government-owned network.

Overall, fixed broadband in the Middle East is becoming a more dynamic and progressive sector with countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar leading the way - and other countries like Iran and Turkey offering potential growth opportunities.

This report provides valuable information, analyses and statistics on the fixed broadband markets of the Middle East and includes the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Recent developments:
  • While parts of the Middle East are having ongoing civil unrest issues which has stagnated telecoms developments (e.g. Syria, Yemen) – the more stabilised and progressive countries are moving forwards and making significant inroads in developing and progressing fixed broadband infrastructure.
  • DSL is still the leading fixed broadband access technology in many markets in the Middle East.
  • The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are considered to have the most advanced FttP/FttH broadband roll-outs occurring in The Middle East.
  • By the end of 2022 the Lebanese government aims to cover the entire country with fibre-based infrastructure.
  • Operators are beginning to utilise the wholesale fixed broadband network in Bahrain.
  • Fibre-broadband access is expected to increase further in Kuwait, in line with the ongoing national fibre network deployment.
Companies mentioned in this report include:

Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC)/Zain, Ooredoo Kuwait (previously National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT)/Wataniya Telecom), Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC)/Viva, Batelco, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel), Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE), Telecommunication Kish Company (TKC), Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC), Asiacell, Zain Iraq, Korek Telecom, Regional Telecom, Cellcom, Orange (Partner), Pelephone (Bezeq), HOT Mobile, Golan Telecom, Rami Levy, Jordan Telecom Group/Orange, Zain Jordan, Batelco/Umniah, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)/Bravo, Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium, GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb, Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula, Zain KSA, Lebara KSA/Etihad Jawraa, Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (Virgin Mobile MEA), Axiom Telecom, VIVA, Etisalat, du, Jordan Telecom Group/Orange, Zain Jordan, Batelco/Umniah, MTC Touch, Alfa Telecom, Ooredoo Qatar, Vodafone Qatar, OmanTel, Ooredoo Oman, FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna), Samatel, Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel, Turkcell, Vodafone Turkey, Avea.

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Table 1 The three leading countries in the Middle East by FttH/B subscribers September 2019
Table 2 Middle East Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2017 - 2019
Table 3 FttH/B in the MENA region subscribers and homes passed - 2014 - 2019
Table 4 Bahrain - fixed broadband subscribers 2014 Q1 2019
Table 5 Iran - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 - 2019
Table 6 Iran - household PC penetration 2008 2018
Table 7 Iraq - fixed broadband subscribers 2017 - 2019
Table 8 Iraq - fixed and mobile Internet traffic 2017; 2018
Table 9 Israel - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2024
Table 10 Israel - Bezeq - fixed broadband lines and retail broadband ARPU 2009 Q1 2019
Table 11 Israel - Average broadband speed per retail Bezeq customer 2009 Q1 2019
Table 12 Israel - fixed broadband subscribers Cable, DSL and FttH/B - 2010 2017
Table 13 Jordan - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009 - 2019
Table 14 Kuwait subscribers to broadband technologies 2015; 2017
Table 15 Kuwait - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 2024
Table 16 Lebanon - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2019
Table 17 Oman fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2024
Table 18 Oman - fixed broadband ARPU 2017 - 2019
Table 19 Oman - International Internet bandwidth 2018 Q1 2019
Table 20 Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2024
Table 21 Qatar - household PC penetration 2009 2018
Table 22 Qatar - International Internet bandwidth 2010 - 2018
Table 23 Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2012 2017
Table 24 Saudi Arabia - fixed broadband subscriptions technologies and penetration 2010 Q3 2018
Table 25 Saudi Arabia household PC penetration 2008 2018
Table 26 Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2018
Table 27 Syria - international Internet bandwidth 2008 2018
Table 28 Fibre broadband subscribers - Turk Telekom and Superonline 2015 Q2 2019
Table 29 Turkey fixed and mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009 2024
Table 30 - Average monthly data usage per Turk Telekom broadband subscriber 2011; 2013; 2015; 2017- 2019
Table 31 Turkey - International Internet Bandwidth 2010 2018
Table 32 Turkey - xDSL subscriptions 2015 Q2 2019
Table 33 Turkey - cable internet subscriptions 2015 - Q1 2018
Table 34 UAE fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2024
Table 35 UAE international internet bandwidth 2008 - 2018
Table 36 UAE subscribers to FttH/FttB 2012 2017
Table 37 UAE Operators fibre broadband market share 2015 - 2017
Table 38 UAE DSL subscriptions in decline 2008 - 2017
Table 39 Yemen - Households with Internet access and Internet penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 40 Yemen - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 - 2019
Table 41 Yemen - International Internet bandwidth 2007 - 2017
Chart 1 Israel fixed broadband growth 2009 - 2024
Chart 2 - Kuwait's fixed broadband penetration set to grow through to 2024
Chart 3 Qatar fixed broadband subscriptions and penetration 2009 - 2024
Exhibit 1 - Historical - Irancell WiMAX subscribers 2012 2015
Exhibit 2 The evolution of fixed internet/broadband in Lebanon

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