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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts Product Image

Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • Published: December 2013
  • Region: Bahrain
  • 34 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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  • 2Connect
  • Bahrain Broadband
  • Batelco
  • Kalaam Telecom
  • Lightspeed Communications
  • Mena Telecom
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Bahrain Boosts Broadband Offerings

Possessing one of the smallest markets in the Middle East, Bahrain’s telecoms market is arguably one the most developed. Early to liberalise its market, it is one of the most open in the region, underpinned by a relatively well-developed regulatory environment. Bahrain’s latest communications development policy, the Third National Telecommunications Plan, recognises the socio economic importance of broadband and hence focuses on improving performance and affordability of broadband services.

In contrast to other countries with high mobile penetration, the number of fixed lines in Bahrain is increasing due to infrastructure based competition by WiMAX operators. Contracting revenue due to growing competition in its home market has forced incumbent Batelco to look abroad for growth, initially focusing on the Middle East region before its late 2012 acquisition of Cable and Wireless International’s Monaco and Island division, comprised of assets in Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Monaco, Afghanistan, Maldives, Diego Garcia, Seychelles, St Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.

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1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Bahrain’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
4.3.1 First National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.2 Second National Telecommunications Plan and planned measures
4.3.3 Third National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.4 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Access
4.6 Number portability
4.7 Privatisation
5. Fixed network operators in Bahrain
5.1 Overview
5.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
5.3 Alternative operators
5.3.1 MenaTelecom
5.3.2 Lightspeed Communications
5.3.3 Kalaam Telecom
5.3.4 2Connect
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.2.3 Noorsat
7. Wholesaling
7.1 Overview
7.2 Unbundled services (LLU)
8. Broadband access market
8.1 Overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Broadband subscriber forecasts
8.3.1 Scenario 1 – higher growth
8.3.2 Scenario 2 – lower growth
8.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.5 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
8.5.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
8.6 Wireless broadband
8.6.1 WiMAX
8.6.2 WiFi
8.6.3 iBurst
9. Digital economy / digital media
9.1 Overview
9.2 E-government
9.3 E-education
9.4 Utilities
10. Digital broadcasting
10.1 Satellite TV
10.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
10.3 Web TV
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Overview of Bahrain’s mobile market
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.2 Regulatory issues
11.2.1 Second mobile licence
11.2.2 Third mobile licence
11.2.3 Prepaid subscriber registration
11.2.4 Roaming tariff reduction
11.2.5 Additional Spectrum
11.3 Mobile technologies
11.3.1 Analogue
11.3.2 Digital
11.3.3 Third Generation (3G)
11.3.4 Long-term evolution (LTE)
11.4 Major mobile operators
11.4.1 Batelco
11.4.2 Zain Bahrain (formerly MTC Vodafone)
11.4.3 Viva Bahrain / STC Bahrain
11.5 Mobile voice services
11.5.1 Prepaid
11.5.2 Credit transfer service
11.6 Mobile broadband (access)
11.7 Mobile content
11.7.1 Batelco
11.7.2 Zain Bahrain
11.7.3 Viva Bahrain
12. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Bahrain – 2013
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2013
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2013
Table 4 – Internet subscriber statistics – 2013
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2013
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – GDP growth and inflation – 2005 - 2014
Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue – 2006 - 2012
Table 9 – Telecom sector revenue breakdown – 2012
Table 10 – Batelco revenue and profit – Bahrain and other - 2005 - 2013
Table 11 – Batelco revenue by division - 2005 - 2013
Table 12 – Batelco total group mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 – 2004
Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2014
Table 15 – ARPU for National calls – 2006 - 2012
Table 16 – Historic - Internet users and penetration estimates - 1995 - 2004
Table 17 – Internet users and penetration estimates - 2005 - 2013
Table 18 – Internet subscribers - 2000 - 2013
Table 19 – Broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2013
Table 20 – Fixed broadband subscriptions – 2010 - 2013
Table 21 – Broadband market revenue – 2009 – 2012
Table 22 – Broadband subscriptions by access speed – 2007 - 2012
Table 23 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2014; 2019; 2024
Table 24 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2014; 2019; 2024
Table 25 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 26 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
Table 27 – Mobile market revenue – 2007 – 2012
Table 28 – Mobile monthly ARPU – 2008 - 2012
Table 29 – Accepted mobile number portability requests – 2011 – 2012
Table 30 – Batelco Bahrain mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2013
Table 31 – Zain Bahrain – Revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX and ARPU - 2005 - 2012
Table 32 – Zain Bahrain – Active Subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 33 – Prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2013
Table 34 – Zain Bahrain prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2013
Table 35 – Zain – Total daily data volume – 2010 - 2012
Table 36 – Blackberry subscribers – 2009 – 2012
Table 37 – SMS message sent – 2008 – 2012
Chart 1 – Bahrain fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 2004 – 2014

- 2Connect
- Bahrain Broadband
- Batelco
- Kalaam Telecom
- Lightspeed Communications
- Mena Telecom
- Noorsat
- Viva Bahrain
- Zain Bahrain

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