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Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image

Maldives - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 1222510
  • Report
  • April 2020
  • Region: Maldives
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd


  • Dhiraagu
  • Focus Infocom
  • Ooredoo Maldives
  • Thuraya
  • Wataniya
Revenue from the telecom sector in the Maldives is limited by the relatively small local population, though it is supported by a considerable influx of tourists. The vibrant tourist sector helps to account for the unusually high mobile penetration rate, though multiple SIM card use is also widely adopted. In, addition a large number of expatriate workers require SIM cards on a semi-temporary basis. Steady growth in recent years has attracted international investment, including the Qatar-based Ooredoo Group.

The two licensed operators, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Ooredoo Maldives, have both invested in HSPA and LTE infrastructure, providing national coverage with both technologies following substantial investment. This development has encouraged the take-up of mobile broadband services among subscribers. In late 2018 Dhiraagu trialled 5G technology, though commercial services have not yet been considered given the existing capabilities of LTE.

Both Dhiraagu and Ooredoo Maldives also provide fixed-line services and have greatly expanded the reach of their respective fibre networks.

The country has given priority to telecom infrastructure upgrades, with considerable success. There is a well-developed national network, and in recent years investment has been extended to outlying islands, following a period when commercial considerations focussed such investment in the capital Malé as well as in tourist resorts.

The submarine cable connection to Sri Lanka improved international bandwidth and helped reduce access pricing for end-users. A second submarine cable linked the archipelago to India in 2006. Additional cables linking the main atolls has substantially strengthened domestic connectivity.

The publisher 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.

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:
  • Ooredoo Maldives launches VoLTE services;
  • Dhiraagu extends reach of its FttP service to three-quarters of the population, trials 5G technology;
Report update includes the regulators market data to February 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, an assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Dhiraagu, Wataniya, Ooredoo Maldives, Focus Infocom, Thuraya, Cable & Wireless Communications.
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  • Dhiraagu
  • Focus Infocom
  • Ooredoo Maldives
  • Thuraya
  • Wataniya
1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Telecommunications plans
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Telecommunications Regulation 2003

6 Mobile market
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile regulatory issues
6.4 Mobile voice
6.5 Mobile broadband
6.6 Mobile infrastructure
6.7 Major mobile operators

7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Government Network of the Maldives (GNM)
7.3 Broadband statistics
7.4 Fixed wireless broadband services

8 Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 International infrastructure

9 Fixed network operators

10 Appendix

11 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Maldives 2020 (e)
Table 2 Mobile operators and service launch
Table 3 Fixed-line subscribers by region February 2019

List of Charts
Chart 1 - Change in Maldives' GDP growth rate 2006 2019
Chart 2 Development of telecom sector revenue and growth trend - 2009 2020
Chart 3 Growth trend in mobile subscribers and penetration - 2008 2023
Chart 4 Evolution of contract and prepaid mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 5 Growth in mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2019
Chart 6 Development of Dhiraagu revenue and profit (in MVR) 2014 - 2019
Chart 7 Development of Dhiraagu revenue and profit (in Dinar) 2013 - 2018
Chart 8 Development of Ooredoo Maldives' mobile subscriber base 2006 - 2019
Chart 9 Growth in Ooredoo Maldives' revenue 2006 - 2019
Chart 10 Development of Ooredoo Maldives' mobile ARPU 2006 - 2019
Chart 11 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2023
Chart 12 Growth Proportion of fixed broadband connections by platform
Chart 13 Ooredoo Maldives fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2014 2019
Chart 14 - Decline in fixed lines in service and teledensity 2006 2023
Chart 15 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2009 2016
Chart 16 Change in Dhiraagu revenue by segment 2017 2018
Chart 17 Strong growth in Ooredoo Maldives fixed-line subscribers 2016 2019
Chart 18 Historic Growth in the mobile subscriber base 1998 2009
Chart 19 Historic Growth in the internet user base 1996 2014
Chart 20 Historic Development of fixed voice connections and penetration 1995 2009
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  • Dhiraagu
  • Wataniya
  • Ooredoo Maldives
  • Focus Infocom
  • Thuraya
  • Cable & Wireless Communications.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown