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Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 3822239
  • Report
  • August 2020
  • Region: Syria
  • 74 pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • MTN Syria
  • Syriatel
  • MORE
The telecoms sector in Syria has paid a heavy toll from the years of civil war and destruction. The major mobile operators Syriatel and MTN Syria, along with the incumbent, have focussed on restoring and rebuilding damaged mobile and fixed networks. It is a challenging environment for the operators, which also face a lack of basic infrastructure including power and water in some areas, along with security concerns. For its part, MTN Group recently confirmed plans to exit the Syrian market, citing the difficult operating environment.

Both Syriatel and MTN Syria were recently requested to pay billions in back taxes to the Syrian government. Tensions in this regard have escalated, particularly between the regulator (SyTRA) and Syriatel, which resulted in the Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE) suspending the trading of shares of Syriatel in early June 2020.

Telecommunication services in Syria are decentralized and some of the remote areas rely on expensive satellite communications while the urban areas utilise the highly regulated network supplied by the government-owned incumbent Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). The domestic and international fixed-line markets in Syria remain under the strict monopoly of the STE. Initiatives have been launched to liberalise the market in the past but without much success.

Mobile broadband penetration in Syria is still quite low, despite quite a high population coverage of 3G networks and some deployment of LTE infrastructure. This may provide potential opportunities for growth once infrastructure and economic reconstruction efforts make headway and civil issues subside.

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. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Key Developments:

The years of civil unrest in Syria have taken their toll on telecom infrastructure and while the capital Damascus has survived reasonably well, it is the outskirts, rural and remote areas which have felt the brunt of the destruction.

MTN Group has opted to exist the Syrian market, citing hyperinflation and the difficult operating environment.

The international aid network known as the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has been operating in Syria for many years and provides emergency internet connectivity and telecommunications services.

Broadband developments in Syria are governed by the 2018 ICT Policy.

The report update includes operator data to Q2 2020, ITU market data for 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • MTN Syria
  • Syriatel
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

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

4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
4.3 Market challenges
4.4 Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Fixed-line developments
5.4 Mobile network developments

6 Mobile communications
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile broadband statistics
6.4 Mobile infrastructure
6.5 Major mobile operators

7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Broadband statistics

8 Fixed network operators in Syria
8.1 Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)

9 Telecommunications infrastructure
9.1 National telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure

10 Digital economy

11 Appendix historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Syria 2019
Table 2 Syria - GDP growth and inflation fluctuations 2008 2018
Table 3 Middle East 3G and 4G - mobile infrastructure and population coverage 2014 - 2018
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2021
Table 5 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2021
Table 6 Syriatel revenue 2008 1H 2018
Table 7 Development of MTN Syria's revenue and CAPEX 2014 2020
Table 8 Change in the number of MTN Syria's subscribers and ARPU 2014 2020
Table 9 Growth in internet user penetration 2010 2018
Table 10 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2021
Table 11 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 - 2019
Table 12 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2008 2019
Table 13 Historic - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2008 - 2009
Table 14 Historic - Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2009
Table 15 Historic - Syria - fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2007
Table 16 Historic - Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions 2004 - 2007
Table 17 Historic Syria - international Internet bandwidth 2004 2007
Table 18 Historic - Syria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2007
Table 19 Historical - MTN Syria Subscribers and ARPU 2009 2013

List of Charts
Chart 1 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2021
Chart 2 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2021
Chart 3 Mobile operator market share based on subscribers - 2019
Chart 4 Development of MTN Syria's revenue and CAPEX 2014 2020
Chart 5 Change in the number of MTN Syria's subscribers and ARPU 2014 2020
Chart 6 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2021
Chart 7 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 - 2019
Chart 8 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2008 2019
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  • Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
  • MTN Syria
  • Syriatel
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