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

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  • 128 Pages
  • August 2021
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 4413438

UAE’s focus on 5G and fibre helping transition to a knowledge economy

The UAE has one of the fastest median download speeds on 5G networks in the world, and also among the highest fixed broadband speedsates. This is the result of focussed investment in infrastructure in recent years, with an emphasis on fibre as opposed to upgraded copper networks, as well as on 5G. Indeed, the UAE has the second highest 5G take-up globally, behind only China.

This progress is part of a long-term strategy to wean the UAE’s economy away from its dependence on oil, and to be supported more by digital services. To this end, the government has encouraged foreign investment by several means, including the ongoing development of the futuristic Masdar City, and by enabling higher foreign ownership of the two principal telcos Etisalat and du. The rapprochement seen in the October 2020 Abraham Accords Agreement signed between the UAE and Israel will also encourage cross border commerce and telecom traffic, and encourage investment in technology firms and digital services.

Table of Contents

Key statistics
Regional Middle East Market Comparison
  • Introduction
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Country overview
Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market
  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Abraham Accords Peace Agreement

Regulatory environment
  • Historic overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Royalty payments
  • Censorship
  • VoIP
  • Fixed line developments
  • Mobile market developments

Mobile market
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile content and applications

Fixed broadband market
  • Introduction and statistical overview
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Other fixed broadband services

Fixed network operators
  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
  • Yahsat

Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
  • Smart infrastructure

Appendix Historic DataGlossary of abbreviationsRelated reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities United Arab Emirates 2021 (e)
Table 2 GDP and inflation in the UAE 2010-2021
Table 3 Change in UAE's telecom revenue by service (AED billion) 2008-2019
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile number portings 2014-2019
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 6 Change in the number and proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers 2011-2021
Table 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 8 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2010-2021
Table 9 Etisalat (UAE) mobile revenue and blended ARPU 2016-2021
Table 10 Change in the number of Etisalat's domestic mobile subscribers 2011-2021
Table 11 Change in the number of Etisalat's domestic mobile subscribers by type (million) 2011-2021
Table 12 Development of du's mobile revenue 2011-2021
Table 13 Change in the number of du's mobile subscribers 2010-2021
Table 14 du mobile subscribers by type (million) 2020-2021
Table 15 Development of du's mobile ARPU 2010-2021
Table 16 Internet penetration in the UAE 2011-2020
Table 17 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 18 Growth in international internet bandwidth 2011-2020
Table 19 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2012-2021
Table 20 UAE - Fibre broadband market share by operator 2015-2018
Table 21 Decline in the number of DSL subscriptions 2011-2021
Table 22 Increase in the number of Etisalat's fixed broadband subscribers 2010-2021
Table 23 Change in the number of Etisalat's bundle subscribers by type 2016-2021
Table 24 Etisalat group revenue and net profit (AED billion) 2009-2021
Table 25 Development of Etisalat's domestic financial data (AED billion) 2010-2021
Table 26 Decline in the number of Etisalat's fixed line subscribers 2018-2021
Table 27 Development of du's revenue by sector (AED billion) 2011-2021
Table 28 Development of du's financial data (AED billion) 2010-2021
Table 29 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Table 30 Historic - UAE - fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995-2010
Table 31 Historic - UAE - internet users and penetration 1998-2008
Table 32 Historic - UAE - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001-2010
Table 33 Historic - UAE - domestic and international voice revenue (AED billion) 2008-2015
Table 34 Historic - UAE - international telephone revenues (AED million) 2008-2015
Table 35 Historic - UAE - monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU 2007-2015
Table 36 Historic - UAE - mobile revenue and ARPU 2008-2015
Table 37 Historic - UAE - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2010
Table 38 Historic - UAE - prepaid vs postpaid revenue (AED billion) 2008-2015
Table 39 Historic - UAE - prepaid subscribers 2005-2010
Table 40 Historic - UAE - SMS and MMS sent (million messages) 2007-2015
Table 41 Historic - Etisalat group revenue and net profit (AED billion) 2005-2010
Table 42 Historic - du mobile minutes of use (MOU) 2010-2014
Table 43 Historic - du mobile revenue 2008-2010
Table 44 Historic - Decline in the number of DSL subscriptions 2008-2010
Table 45 Historic - Development of du's revenue by sector (AED billion) 2008-2010
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 Change in UAE's telecom revenue by service (AED billion) 2008-2019
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile number portings 2014-2019
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 6 Change in the number and proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers 2011-2021
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 8 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2010-2021
Chart 9 Change in the number of Etisalat's domestic mobile subscribers 2011-2021
Chart 10 Change in the number of Etisalat's domestic mobile subscribers by type 2011-2021
Chart 11 Development of du's mobile revenue 2011-2021
Chart 12 Change in the number of du's mobile subscribers 2010-2021
Chart 13 Development of du's mobile ARPU 2010-2021
Chart 14 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Chart 15 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2012-2021
Chart 16 Decline in the number of DSL subscriptions 2011-2021
Chart 17 Increase in the number of Etisalat's fixed broadband subscribers 2010-2021
Chart 18 Change in the number of Etisalat's bundle subscribers by type 2016-2021
Chart 19 Etisalat group revenue and net profit 2009-2021
Chart 20 Development of Etisalat's domestic financial data (AED billion) 2010-2021
Chart 21 Decline in the number of Etisalat's fixed line subscribers 2018-2021
Chart 22 Development of du's revenue by sector (AED billion) 2011-2021
Chart 23 Development of du's financial data (AED billion) 2010-2021
Chart 24 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 UAE submarine cable networks