Qatar Information Technology Report Q1 2013
- ID: 2373651
- January 2013
- Region: Qatar
- 79 pages
- Business Monitor International
BMI's forecast has been extended to 2017 this quarter. The decision to award Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup is expected to unleash a new wave of investment, while the government's ICT-2015 strategy will also create opportunities. With its booming economy and ambitious ICT investment programme, Qatar is expected to be the fastest growing IT market in the Gulf region over BMI's five-year forecast period.
Headline Expenditure Projections
Computer Hardware Sales: US$248mn in 2012 to US$260mn in 2013, +5% in US dollar terms.
Forecast in US dollar terms downwardly revised, but Windows 8 and ultrabooks will provide growth areas.
Software Sales: US$98mn in 2012 to US$109mn in 2013, +11% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms downwardly revised and BMI expects a stronger strategic focus on software spending and hosted software.
IT Services Sales: US$155mn in 2012 to US$182mn in 2012, +17% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms downwardly revised, but services are seen as outperforming the hardware and software segments.
Qatar's score was 59.7 out of 100.0. Qatar ranks third in our latest RRR table,
behind the UAE and Israel, but ahead of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The country also ranks fifth for its industry rewards score of 38.1, and its overall rating was boosted by a high country rewards score of 100.
Key Trends And Developments
- Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup has strengthened its ambition to become the world's largest sporting event host and will boost the ongoing development of transport infrastructure as well as the construction of stadiums. Qatari corporations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are looking to benefit from Qatar's expected infrastructure development and rapid growth and will invest in IT to boost competitiveness.
- In its attempts to diversify the economy, the Qatari government is undertaking massive infrastructure projects, boosting fields such as construction, transport and, increasingly, tourism.
Growth in the non-hydrocarbons sector is gathering pace and all these sectors are likely therefore to offer promise to vendors of IT hardware, software and services.
- A 2012 Qtel survey found that 77% of SMEs planned to increase their ICT spending, with the average increase estimated at around 20%. This segment represents a potential growth area, as,
according to Qtel's figures, only about 60% of businesses in Qatar are currently connected to the internet. Cloud solutions targeted at this segment are likely to prove a promising opportunity. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
Executive Summary 5
SWOT Analysis 7
Qatar IT Sector SWOT 7
Qatar Telecoms Industry SWOT 8
Qatar Political SWOT 9
Qatar Economic SWOT 10
Qatar Business Environment SWOT 11
MEA IT Risk/Reward Ratings 12
Table: Middle East And Africa IT Risk Reward Ratings, Q113 14
MEA IT Markets Overview 15
IT Penetration 15
Sectors And Verticals 18
Market Overview 22
Government Authority 22
Industry Developments 30
Industry Forecast 34
Table: Qatar IT Industry - Historical Data And Forecasts (US$mn unless otherwise stated), 2009-2017 37
Industry Forecast Internet 38
Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecast, 2010-2017 38
Competitive Landscape 40
Macroeconomic Forecast 48
Table: Qatar - Economic Activity, 2007-2016 50
Company Profiles 51
Microsoft Corporation 51
Oracle Corp 67
Country Snapshot 71
Table: Qatar's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) 72
Table: Qatar's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) 73
Table: Qatar's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 74
Table: Qatar's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 74
BMI Methodology 75
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts 75
IT Industry 75
IT Ratings - Methodology 76
Table: IT Business Environment Indicators 77
Table: Weighting Of Components 78