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United Arab Emirates - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4413438
  • Report
  • August 2020
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • du
  • Etisalat
  • Swyp
  • Thuraya
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Yahsat
The telecoms sector in the United Arab Emirates has had to quickly adapt to the changes and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Similar to other countries around the world, an increase in citizens working and studying from home created a surge in demand for fixed services, including video-streaming. This in turn, prompted the regulator to temporarily lift restrictions on some OTT services including Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

The UAE has a strong mobile market which is dominated by the two major operators of Etisalat and Du. Both operators are majority owned by the government. Interestingly, the COVID-19 outbreak has created a change in some mobile consumer behaviour. Du reported, for example, that some users had switched to pre-paid services in order to manage personal budgets creating a decline in the more lucrative post-paid sector.

Etisalat and du have deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks that cover most of the population, underpinning growth opportunities centred on mobile broadband, content and applications. Both Etisalat and Du have launched 5G networks and 2G spectrum is expected to be re-purposed for 5G use by the end of 2022. The remaining 2G networks will be shut-down at that point.

The well-established fibre-broadband network in the UAE is providing the operators with opportunities to grow new services and offerings such as triple-play.

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.

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:
  • Regulator confirms plans to close down 2G networks by the end of 2022 and refarm spectrum for 5G;
  • Fall in the number of mobile subscribers exacerbated by COVID-19;
  • Growing availability of low-cost smartphones drives mobile broadband penetration;
  • Etisalat and du supported in 5G ambitions with spectrum allocations;
  • Telecom regulator encourages affordable roaming rates within GCC countries;
The report update includes the regulator's market data to May 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Etisalat; du; Thuraya; Yahsat; Virgin Mobile; Swyp
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • du
  • Etisalat
  • Swyp
  • Thuraya
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Yahsat
1 Key statistics

2 Regional Middle East Comparison
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure
4.5 Impact on the UAE

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historic overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Draft bill for new authority
6.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
6.5 Interconnect and access
6.6 Fibre access
6.7 Number Portability (NP)
6.8 Royalty payments
6.9 Censorship
6.10 Roaming tariff reduction
6.11 VoIP

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

8 Fixed broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
9.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
9.3 Yahsat

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
10.3 Smart infrastructure

11 Appendix Historic Data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities United Arab Emirates 2020
Table 2 UAE Real GDP growth and inflation 2020 - 2021
Table 3 UAE GDP and inflation 2014 2019
Table 4 UAE telecommunications revenue by service 2008 2018
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 6 Change in the number and proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 8 UAE mobile operators' market share by subscribers 2010 1H 2018
Table 9 Etisalat (UAE) mobile revenue and blended ARPU 2016 2018
Table 10 Etisalat (UAE) mobile subscribers 2011 2019
Table 11 du mobile revenue 2017; 2018
Table 12 du mobile subscribers and ARPU 2010 2018
Table 13 UAE internet penetration 2008 2018
Table 14 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 15 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2008 - 2019
Table 16 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2012 2018
Table 17 UAE Fibre broadband market share by operator 2015 - 2017
Table 18 Decline in the number of DSL subscriptions 2008 - 2018
Table 19 Etisalat group revenue and net profit 2009 2019
Table 20 Etisalat UAE fixed broadband subscribers 2010 2019
Table 21 Development of du's revenue by sector 2008 2018
Table 22 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 23 Historic - UAE fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 2008
Table 24 Historic - UAE internet users and penetration 1998 2008
Table 25 Historic - UAE fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2008
Table 26 Historic - UAE domestic and international voice revenue 2008 2015
Table 27 Historic - UAE international telephone revenues 2008 2015
Table 28 Historic - UAE monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU 2007 2015
Table 29 Historic - UAE mobile revenue and ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 30 Historic - UAE - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2008
Table 31 Historic - UAE prepaid vs postpaid revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 32 Historic - UAE prepaid subscribers 2005 2008
Table 33 Historic - UAE SMS and MMS sent 2007 - 2015
Table 34 Historic - Etisalat group revenue and net profit 2005 2007
Table 35 Historical - du mobile minutes of use (MOU) 2010 2014

List of Charts
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration - 2018
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration - 2018
Chart 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 4 Change in the number and proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 7 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2012 2018
Chart 8 Decline in the number of DSL subscriptions 2008 - 2018
Chart 9 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 UAE submarine cable networks
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  • Etisalat
  • du
  • Thuraya
  • Yahsat
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Swyp
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