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

  • ID: 3891599
  • Report
  • May 2020
  • Region: Kuwait
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Subscribers to FttH/FttB Services in Kuwait Account for Around 25% of All Fixed Broadband Subscribers


Overall Kuwait offers a dynamic telecoms sector with a strong bias towards mobile infrastructure and services. The telecoms sector has become increasingly important to Kuwait's economy as the country looks to diversify from its reliance on oil and this is particularly pertinent given the drop in oil prices as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak.

5G services have become a key focus of the operators which all launched initial 5G networks in 2019. Huawei has formed various partnerships with some of the key operators to further develop 5G in Kuwait.

In 2020 the operators have also demonstrated support during the COVID-19 pandemic through various service offerings and assistance.

While Kuwait's mobile sector shows considerable progress; the country's fixed broadband penetration is one of the lowest in the region. The Kuwaiti government is however focusing on building fixed broadband networks and ultimately this sector offers a potential future growth opportunity for both the operators and government. Improvements to the fixed broadband infrastructure will assist to grow markets such as e-commerce, along with smart infrastructure development, start-ups and M2M.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains all around the world. During this time, the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device and ICT equipment production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to source necessary equipment or manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may also be postponed or slowed down in some countries. On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services is likely to be impacted by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. In contrast, the demand for mobile and broadband services is expected to rise, as more citizens will require online services for work, entertainment, education, tele-health and social purposes.

This report provides extensive information on Kuwait's telecoms market and provides key industry statistics as well as information and insights relating to fixed and mobile infrastructure, subscribers, regulations and major players.

Key Developments:

Zain Kuwait established a Sale and Leaseback arrangement for its mobile towers with IHS Holding Limited in February 2020.

VIVA Kuwait became rebranded as STC (Kuwait) in late 2019.

The three major operators of Zain Kuwait, STC (VIVA Kuwait) and Ooredoo are all offering LTE services as well as exploring 5G opportunities.

The telecoms regulator is supportive of infrastructure sharing in Kuwait.

There is a high ownership of smart phones in Kuwait.

Improvements to fibre-broadband infrastructure are underway.

Companies covered in this report include:

Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain, Ooredoo Kuwait, STC (Formerly Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva).
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1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19)
3.1 Global implications
3.2 Economic considerations and responses
3.3 Kuwait implications

4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Competitive environment

5 Regional Middle East Market Comparison
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
5.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historic overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Privatisation
6.4 Infrastructure sharing
6.5 Interconnect
6.6 Mobile regulatory issues

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications
7.6 Mobile handsets

8 Fixed-broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Ministry of Communications

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 Fibre networks
10.3 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
10.4 Smart infrastructure
10.5 e-Commerce
10.6 Start-ups
10.7 e-Banking/e-Payments
10.8 e-Health

11 Appendix historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Kuwait 2020
Table 2 Kuwait GDP real growth rate and inflation 2020 - 2021
Table 3 Kuwait GDP and inflation 2014 - 2019
Table 4 Kuwait mobile operator market share 2018; 2019
Table 5 Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 6 Kuwait - mobile operators' market share 2005 2018
Table 7 Kuwait - mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2018
Table 8 - Kuwait - mobile broadband subscriptions 2014 2024
Table 9 Kuwait population coverage of mobile technologies 2016 - 2018
Table 10 - Zain Group subscribers and revenue 2009 2019
Table 11 Zain Kuwait revenue, net profit, ARPU and subscribers 2009 2019
Table 12 Zain Kuwait prepaid share 2005 2018
Table 13 Ooredoo Kuwait financial data, subscribers, ARPU 2016 - 2019
Table 14 STC (Viva) revenue, net profit, EBITDA, and subscribers 2012 Q1 2019
Table 15 Kuwait subscribers to broadband technologies 2015; 2017
Table 16 Kuwait - Internet users and penetration 2009 2018
Table 17 Kuwait - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 2024
Table 18 Kuwait - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2009 2019
Table 19 Historic Kuwait - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 2008
Table 20 Historic Kuwait - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 2004
Table 21 Historic - Kuwait - Internet users and penetration 1995 2008
Table 22 Historic - Kuwait - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2008
Table 23 Historic - Zain Kuwait revenue, net profit, ARPU and subscribers 2005 2008

List of Charts
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration
Chart 3 - Kuwait's fixed broadband penetration set to grow 2009 2024

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO)
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  • Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC) / Zain
  • Ooredoo Kuwait
  • STC (Formerly Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC) / Viva)
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