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Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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  • 138 Pages
  • March 2022
  • Region: Bahrain
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 2194442

Bahrain's MNOs further extend 5G capabilities

Bahrain'a MNOs  have developed excellent 5G infrastructure in recent years. Batelco teamed up with Ericsson, and by early 2021 the company's 5G network provided near complete population coverage. STC selected Huawei as vendor, and its 5G service provides data at up to 1.2Gb/s. Zain Bahrain was relatively late in launching a commercial 5G service. Also partnered with Ericsson, the company in mid-2021 deployed carrier aggregation technology to increase network capacity.

 

The country saw a fall in the number of mobile subscriptions between 2017 and 2019, due to the introduction biometric SIM registration laws. More recently, growth has been supressed by the economic and restrictive effects of the pandemic, which resulted in periods of lockdown and limits on travel for foreign workers. These factors resulted in a 7.9% fall in the number of subscribers in 2020, year-on-year, though there was a slight growth in the first months of 2021. The MNOs are looking to mobile broadband, supported by the increased take-up of 5G services, to prop up revenue growth. This has met with some success: Zain Bahrain reported a 4% increase in revenue in the first half of 2021, year-on-year.

Table of Contents

  1. Key statisticsCountry overview
    Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
    1. Economic considerations and responses
    2. Subscribers
    3. Infrastructure
  2. Telecommunications market
    Regulatory environment
    1. Overview
    2. Regulatory authority
    3. Fixed-line developments
    4. Mobile network developments
  3. Mobile market
    1. Market analysis
    2. Mobile statistics
    3. Mobile infrastructure
    4. Major mobile operators
  4. Fixed-line broadband market
    1. Market analysis
  5. Fixed network operators
    1. Overview
    2. Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco)
    3. Alternative operators
  6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    1. National telecom network
    2. International infrastructure
  7. Smart infrastructure
    1. E-banking and e-payments
    2. E-health
    3. E-government
  8. Appendix Historic dataGlossary of abbreviationsRelated reports
    List of Tables
    • Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Bahrain 2021 (e)
    • Table 2 Bahrain - GDP and inflation 2012 2021
    • Table 3 Bahrain - telecom sector revenue 2012 2020
    • Table 4 Bahrain - telecom sector proportion of total revenue 2013 2020
    • Table 5 Bahrain - mobile sector ARPU 2013 2020
    • Table 6 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2017 2021
    • Table 7 Change in the number of mobile numbers ported 2012 2021
    • Table 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2012 2027
    • Table 9 Change in the number of prepaid mobile subscribers - 2012 2021
    • Table 10 Development of retail mobile market revenue 2012 2020
    • Table 11 Change in mobile ARPS (BHD) 2012 2020
    • Table 12 Mobile market share by operators 2018 2021
    • Table 13 Mobile voice traffic 2014 2021
    • Table 14 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Table 15 Mobile broadband market share by operators 2019 2021
    • Table 16 Mobile broadband traffic 2015 2021
    • Table 17 Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2019 2021
    • Table 18 Development of Batelco Bahrain's revenue by segment (BHD million) 2017 2021
    • Table 19 Change in the number of Batelco Group's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
    • Table 20 Development of Zain Bahrain's financial data ($ million) - 2012 2021
    • Table 21 Zain Bahrain's mobile data revenue share of total revenue 2015 2021
    • Table 22 Change in the number of Zain Bahrain's mobile subscribers - 2012 2019
    • Table 23 Development of Zain Bahrain's mobile ARPU - 2012 2021
    • Table 24 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers 2012 2027
    • Table 25 Change in the market share of fixed broadband subscribers by operator 2019 2021
    • Table 26 Increase in fixed broadband traffic 2015 2021
    • Table 27 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2012 2019
    • Table 28 Development of Batelco Group's financial data (BHD million) 2012 2021
    • Table 29 Development of Batelco Bahrain's financial data (BHD million) 2012 2021
    • Table 30 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2012 2021
    • Table 31 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Table 32 Change in the number of fixed wired and wireless subscribers 2012 2021
    • Table 33 Change in the fixed line market share of subscribers by operator 2019 2021
    • Table 34 Development of fixed line traffic 2014 2021
    • Table 35 Increase in international bandwidth 2012 2020
    • Table 36 Historic - Bahrain - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 2011
    • Table 37 Historic - Bahrain - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2011
    • Table 38 Historic - Bahrain - telecom sector revenue 2006 2011
    • Table 39 Historic - Bahrain - total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 2011
    • Table 40 Historic - Batelco revenue for Group and Bahrain (BHD million) 2005 2011
    • Table 41 Historic - Batelco total group mobile subscribers 2005 2011
    • Table 42 Historic - Zain Bahrain - financial data ($ million) - 2005 2011
    • Table 43 Historic - Zain Bahrain - mobile ARPU - 2005 2011
    List of Charts
    • Chart 7 Bahrain - telecom sector revenue 2012 2020
    • Chart 8 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2017 2021
    • Chart 9 Change in the number of mobile numbers ported 2012 2021
    • Chart 10 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2012 2027
    • Chart 11 Change in the number of prepaid mobile subscribers - 2012 2021
    • Chart 12 Development of retail mobile market revenue 2012 2020
    • Chart 13 Change in mobile ARPS 2012 2020
    • Chart 14 Mobile market share by operators 2018 2021
    • Chart 15 Mobile voice traffic 2014 2021
    • Chart 16 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Chart 17 Mobile broadband market share by operators 2019 2021
    • Chart 18 Mobile broadband traffic 2015 2021
    • Chart 19 Growth in the number of M2M connections - 2019 2021
    • Chart 20 Development of Batelco Bahrain's revenue by segment 2017 2021
    • Chart 21 Development of Zain Bahrain's financial data - 2012 2021
    • Chart 22 Change in the number of Zain Bahrain's mobile subscribers - 2012 2019
    • Chart 23 Development of Zain Bahrain's mobile ARPU - 2012 2021
    • Chart 24 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers 2012 2027
    • Chart 25 Change in the market share of fixed broadband subscribers by operator 2019 2021
    • Chart 26 Increase in fixed broadband traffic 2015 2021
    • Chart 27 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2012 2019
    • Chart 28 Development of Batelco Group financial data 2012 2021
    • Chart 29 Development of Batelco Bahrain's financial data 2012 2021
    • Chart 30 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2012 2021
    • Chart 31 Change in the number of fixed-line subscribers and penetration 2012 2027
    • Chart 32 Change in the number of fixed wired and wireless subscribers 2012 2021
    • Chart 33 Change in the fixed line market share of subscribers by operator 2019 2021
    List of Exhibits
    • Exhibit 5 Bahrain's licensed telcos and services
    • Exhibit 6 2Africa landing stations

Executive Summary

The Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.