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United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report Q1 2013

  • Published: January 2013
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • 85 pages
  • Business Monitor International

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Despite some of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world, UAE continues to post strong growth in terms of mobile subscriber numbers - although the vast majority of these are on prepaid packages. Both operators are investing in the development of their network infrastructure, and this increased investment will help the market expand, particularly in terms of mobile broadband.

Competition in the market is limited as there are only two mobile phone operators in the country, with the government owning shares in both of them. In October 2012, the regulator confirmed that there are no plans to for a third operator to launch services. Fixed-line services continue to post single digit growth,
although we forecast that this will taper off during the course of our forecast period, while broadband is another strong growth area.

Key data

- The mobile market continues to post growth, despite the fact that penetration rates are high. In Q312, q-o-q growth stood at 2.1% while y-o-y growth was 15.5%.

- The fixed-line sector maintained positive growth in Q312, expanding by 7.7%, despite the ever increasing threat from fixed to mobile substitution. READ MORE >

Executive Summary 5

SWOT Analysis 7

UAE Mobile SWOT 7

UAE Wireline SWOT 8

UAE Political SWOT 9

UAE Economic SWOT 10

UAE Business Environment SWOT 11

MENA Risk/Rewards Ratings 12

Middle East And North Africa 12
Table: MENA Telecom Risk/Reward Ratings, Q113 16

UAE 16

Industry Forecast Scenario 18

Mobile 18
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts 18

ARPU 20
Table: Monthly Blended ARPU 20

Fixed Line 21
Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts 21

Internet 22
Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecasts 22

Market Overview - Mobile 23
Table: UAE Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2011 23

Key Developments 24

Mobile Growth 24
Table: UAE Mobile Net Additions Market, Q311-Q312 ('000) 25
Table: UAE - Mobile Subscribers, Q312 26

Usage 28

Networks 30

Mobile Content 32

Mobile Operator Data 34
Table: UAE Mobile Market Overview 34
Table: Etisalat 34
Table: du 35

Mobile Content 36

Regional Outlook 36

Fixed-Line 40

VoIP 42

Internet 43

Broadband 44

FTTH 45

Market Restrictions 47
Table: Wireline Contract Wins 50

Mobile Contract Wins 51
Table: Mobile Contract Wins 51

Value-Added Services Timeline 52
Table: Selected VAS Services 52
Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities 53

Legislation And Market Liberalisation 54

Carrier Pre-Selection 55

Regulation 56

New Wireless Agency 56

Licensing And Spectrum 56

Competitive Landscape 58

Key Players 58
Table: Key Players - UAE Telecoms Sector 58
Table: UAE Financial Indicators (US$mn) 58

Operator Profiles 59

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) 59

Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (du) 66

Vendor Profile 70

Regional Overview 70
Table: Alcatel-Lucent - Quarterly Breakdowns Of Revenue By Segments, 2011-2012 (EURmn) 70
Table: United Arab Emirates' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) 76
Table: United Arab Emirates' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 77
Table: United Arab Emirates' Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 78
Table: United Arab Emirates' Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 78

Glossary Of Terms 79
Table: Glossary Of Terms 79

BMI Methodology 80

How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts 80
Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts 80

Telecoms Business Environment Ratings 82

Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology 82
Table: Ratings Indicators 83

Weighting 84
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 84

Data & Forecasts 84

Operator Profiles
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (du)
Vendor Profile
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