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Qatar - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

June 2020 | 91 pages | ID: Q9369EA4821EN
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Telecoms infrastructure in Qatar demonstrates resilience during the pandemic

Qatar’s high level of telecoms maturity and substantial telecoms infrastructure has held it in good stead during the COVID-19 pandemic, which created a surge in Internet usage both in Qatar and around the world.

Qatar’s substantial fixed broadband network based on GigaNet fibre has one of the highest household penetration rates in the region and it has almost 100% 4G LTE network coverage.

The mobile sector is led by Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar. Ooredoo Qatar is actively deploying 5G sites across Qatar and has reported a positive uptake of its mobile 5G subscription packages.

Vodafone Qatar is also demonstrating significant progress towards 5G by deploying networks based on New Radio (NR) in the 3.5GHz frequency, primarily around the capital Doha.

This valuable report on Qatar’s telecoms sector provides analyses, information, industry statistics and insights.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Recently consumers have embraced bundled packages, with both the uptake of double and triple-play increasing considerably, assisting the operators in their attempts to diversify operations.
  • Qatari citizens are some of the largest users of the Internet in the Middle East and have embraced Over-The-Top (OTT) services.
  • The CRA increased its powers in 2018, allowing it greater scrutiny of the operators.
  • Increasing international capacity will assist in Qatars long-term development goals as stated in its National Development Strategy document Qatar National Vision 2030.
  • In 2018 Ooredoo Qatar claimed it had deployed the first commercial 5G network in the world and in May 2018 it switched on its live 3.5GHz 5G (Non-Standalone) New Radio (NR) network.
  • This report includes assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.
Companies mentioned in this report include:

Ooredoo Qatar, Vodafone Qatar, Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN).
1 KEY STATISTICS

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure
2.5 Impact on Qatar

3 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market analysis

4 REGIONAL MIDDLE EAST MARKET COMPARISON

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
4.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Qatar
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Wholesale transmission
5.8 Mobile regulatory issues

6 MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

6.1 Market overview
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile broadband statistics
6.4 Mobile infrastructure
6.5 Major mobile operators
6.6 Mobile content and applications
6.7 Mobile handsets

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
7.3 Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
7.4 Wireless Broadband

8 FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR

8.1 Ooredoo Qatar/Qtel

9 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

9.1 Overview of the national telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure
9.3 Smart infrastructure
9.4 Digital economy

10 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

11 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Qatar 2020
Table 2 Qatar Real GDP growth and inflation 2020 - 2021
Table 3 Qatar GDP and inflation 2012 2019
Table 4 Qatar telecoms revenue 2014 2018
Table 5 - Qatar - mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 6 - Qatar Major mobile operators' market share 2009 2018
Table 7 Qatar - Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2009 2024
Table 8 - Vodafone Qatar financial data 1H 2018 1H 2019
Table 9 - Vodafone Qatar financial data 2009 2019
Table 10 Vodafone Qatar mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 11 Qatar - internet penetration 2010 2020
Table 12 Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers 2017 2024
Table 13 Qatar - household PC penetration 2009 2018
Table 14 International Internet bandwidth 2010 - 2018
Table 15 Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2012 2017
Table 16 Ooredoo Qatar revenue and EBITDA 2009 1H 2019
Table 17 Ooredoo Qatar blended ARPU 2014 - 2018
Table 18 Ooredoo Qatar customers 2010 1H 2019
Table 19 Qatar - fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2024
Table 20 Historic - Ooredoo Group revenue, EBITDA and net profit 2005 2008
Table 21 Historic Qatar - fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 2008
Table 22 Historic - Ooredoo Qatar blended ARPU - 2010 2015
Table 23 Historic - Ooredoo Qatar - total revenue 2005 - 2008
Table 24 Historic Qatar - internet penetration 1998 2009
Table 25 Historic - Qatar - fixed broadband subscribers 2003 2008
Table 26 Historic - Qatar - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 2008
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration
Chart 3 mobile subscriber growth in Qatar 2009 2024
Chart 4 Mobile broadband subscriber growth in Qatar 2009 2024
Chart 5 Qatar fixed lines in decline 2009 2024
Exhibit 1 Commercial 5G networks launched in 2018


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