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Saudi Arabia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

February 2020 | 80 pages | ID: S6474FBB1007EN
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The Saudi Arabia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Saudi Arabia tenders out two new MVNO licenses in 2020

Saudi Arabia offers one of the most progressive telecoms markets in the Middle East and is well positioned to capitalise on the potential opportunities offered by 5G. Mobile penetration is considered high in and the market is heavily saturated, with a large number of mobile broadband users.

The mobile operators are very competitive and comprise of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Mobily and Zain KSA - as well as MVNOs. Competition will increase further with two new MVNO licenses offered for tender by the Regulator in 2020.

Recently the operators have been exploring ways to monetise the thousands of mobile towers spread throughout Saudi Arabia. In 2019 STC established a subsidiary to manage its tower infrastructure, called TAWAL.

5G is firmly on the agenda for Saudi Arabia with the regulator awarding new spectrum for 4G/5G use in early 2019. STC, Zain KSA and Mobily have all developed various 5G partnerships with solution providers like Huawei, Nokia, Cisco and Ericsson and the three operators have launched preliminary services.

While Saudi Arabia’s fixed broadband penetration is considered low on a global scale; there has been significant work towards developing fibre-based networks instead of DSL, which still comprise the largest market share.

This valuable BuddeComm report provides analyses, information, industry statistics and insights into in Saudi Arabia’s progressive telecoms sector.

Kylie Wansink, BuddeComm, February 2020.

Recent developments:
  • In mid-2019 both STC and Zain KSA launched their first 5G networks.
  • Zain KSA announced in late 2019 that it was going to offer commercial 5G network roaming services between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  • Universal Services Licenses have been awarded in Saudi Arabia.
  • An infrastructure sharing agreement was established in 2019; allowing Zain KSA to utilise the fibre-based infrastructure of Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
  • Saudi Arabia is implementing strategies as part of its the Vision 2030 program.
Companies mentioned in this report include:

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb, Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula, Zain KSA, Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia, Arabsat.
1 KEY STATISTICS

1.1 Country overview

2 REGIONAL MIDDLE EAST MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

3.1 Market overview
3.2 Market analysis

4 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.4 Fixed-line developments
4.5 Mobile network developments

5 MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

5.1 Market overview
5.2 Market analysis
5.3 Mobile statistics
5.4 Mobile broadband statistics
5.5 Mobile infrastructure
5.6 Major mobile operators
5.7 Mobile content and applications

6 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

6.1 Market overview
6.2 Fixed-line broadband technologies
6.3 Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)

7 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

7.1 Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

8 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
8.3 Smart infrastructure

9 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

10 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES, CHARTS AND EXHIBITS

Table 1 Top-level country statistics and regulatory authorities Saudi Arabia 2020
Table 2 Saudi Arabia GDP and inflation 2014 2019
Table 3 Saudi Arabia mobile, fixed-line and total telecoms revenue of service providers 2010 2016
Table 4 Saudi Arabia - mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 5 Saudi Arabia - major mobile operators' market share 2005 2018
Table 6 Saudi Arabia prepaid subscribers 2002 Q3 2018
Table 7 Saudi Arabia active mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2010 2024
Table 8 Mobily revenue and mobile subscribers 2006 1H 2019
Table 9 Zain KSA customers, revenue, EBITDA 2016 2018
Table 10 Saudi Arabia - fixed broadband subscribers 2009 - 2024
Table 11 Saudi Arabia - fixed broadband subscriptions technologies and penetration 2010 Q3 2018
Table 12 STC Group revenue and profit 2005 2018
Table 13 Saudi Arabia fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 14 Saudi Arabia International Internet bandwidth 2010 2018
Table 15 Historic - Saudi Arabia - fixed lines in service - 1995 2009
Table 16 Historic - Saudi Arabia mobile, fixed-line and total telecoms revenue of service providers 2001 2009
Table 17 Historic - 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 Saudi Arabia mobile subscriptions and penetration 2009 2024
Chart 4 Saudi Arabia major mobile operators market share - 2018
Chart 5 Saudi Arabia mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Exhibit 1 Historical Bravo acquisition
Exhibit 2 Submarine cables in-service in Saudi Arabia


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