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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 2194442
  • Report
  • Region: Bahrain
  • 54 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Batelco
  • Kalaam Telecom
  • Noor-sat
  • Viva Bahrain.
  • Zain Bahrain
  • MORE
Bahrain demonstrates progress towards 5G readiness

Bahrain's telecommunications industry is guided by its Fourth National Telecommunications Plan which focuses on fibre-optic infrastructure deployment and establishing affordable prices for high-speed access. It also includes high level strategies for 5G readiness and in 2018 this planning process took a step further with the establishment of a 5G working group, chaired by the telecommunications regulator.

Mobile penetration is high by regional standards although it did decline sharply in 2017 due to the SIM biometric registration that was introduced - along with the withdrawal of many of the unlimited packages offered by the operators.

Mobile data is growing faster than voice in Bahrain and it has well developed LTE networks, which also lay the foundation for future 5G deployment. In 2017 the first 5G trial for Bahrain was conducted.

Bahrain has deployed its own National Broadband Network (NBN) and in 2018 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) was developing a regulatory framework for the delivery of ubiquitous ultrafast broadband infrastructure.

Overall, Bahrain is demonstrating a high-level of telecoms maturity for the Middle East region. It offers a competitive environment which is well regulated and incorporates significant LTE infrastructure as well as a National Broadband Network.

Key developments:

Batelco announced the launch of the Batelco Gulf Network (BGN) in 2018.
In 2018 VIVA Bahrain acquired MENA Telecom.

In mid-2017 biometric SIM registration was introduced in Bahrain and a decline in mobile subscribers subsequently followed.

The first successful trial of 5G has been conducted in Bahrain and in 2018 a 5G Working Group was established.
Pre-paid mobile is beginning to decline as operators encourage consumers to use the more lucrative post-paid mobile subscriptions.

Companies covered in this report include:

Batelco, MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA), Kalaam Telecom, Noor-sat, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Batelco
  • Kalaam Telecom
  • Noor-sat
  • Viva Bahrain.
  • Zain Bahrain
  • MORE
1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market overview
3.2.1 Market analysis
3.3 Recent developments
3.4 Regional Middle East market comparison

4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Overview
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
4.3.1 First National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.2 Second National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.3 Third National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.4 Fourth National Telecommunications Plan
4.3.5 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Access
4.6 Number portability
4.7 Privatisation
4.8 Mobile licenses
4.8.1 Second mobile licence
4.8.2 Third mobile licence
4.9 Subscriber registration
4.9.1 Prepaid subscriber registration
4.9.2 SIM card verification
4.10 Roaming tariff reduction

5. Fixed network operators in Bahrain
5.1 Overview
5.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
5.3 Alternative operators
5.3.1 MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA)
5.3.2 Kalaam Telecom
5.3.3 2Connect (revoked)

6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine/terrestrial cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
6.2.3 Noor-sat (acquired by Eutelsat)

7. Smart infrastructure

8. Wholesaling
8.1 Overview

9. Broadband access market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.2.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
9.3 Other fixed broadband services
9.3.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)

10. Digital economy
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Digital media
10.2.1 Satellite TV
10.2.2 Video-streaming
10.2.3 Music streaming

11. Mobile communications
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.3 Mobile voice
11.3.1 Prepaid
11.4 Mobile broadband statistics
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
11.5.2 Digital networks
11.5.3 5G
11.6 Major mobile operators
11.6.1 Batelco
11.6.2 Zain Bahrain
11.6.3 Viva Bahrain / STC Bahrain
11.7 Mobile handsets

12. Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics 2018
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2018
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2018
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2018
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 Bahrain - GDP and inflation 2012 - 2018
Table 7 Telecom sector revenue 2006 - 2016
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue breakdown 2013 - 2016
Table 9 Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests 2011 1H 2017
Table 10 Batelco revenue for Group and Bahrain 2005 2017
Table 11 Historical - Batelco Group revenue by division - 2005 2017
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2004
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Table 14 Internet users and penetration estimates - 2011 - 2018
Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers 2012 2018
Table 16 Fixed broadband market share of technologies - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 2018
Table 19 Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 2017
Table 20 Retail mobile market revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 21 Mobile ARPS 2012 - 2016
Table 22 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 Q3 2017
Table 23 Global - frequency bands under consideration for 5G deployment
Table 24 Batelco total group mobile subscribers 2005 2017
Table 25 Zain Bahrain revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX and ARPU - 2005 9M 2017
Table 26 Zain Bahrain market share of data revenues 2015 - 2017

List of Charts
Chart 1 Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) - 2017
Chart 2 Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2017
Chart 3 Middle East fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2017
Chart 4 Pre-paid subscriber growth 1999 - 2017

List of Exhibit
Exhibits 1 Middle East - Key characteristics of telecoms markets by country

List of Exhibit
Exhibits 1 Bahrain National fixed voice services operators
Exhibit 3 Historical overview of Mena Telecom
Exhibit 4 Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
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  • Batelco
  • MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA)
  • Kalaam Telecom
  • Noor-sat
  • Zain Bahrain
  • Viva Bahrain.
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