Research and Markets: Middle East - Digital Media, Broadband, Internet Markets and Forecasts: 2014

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Middle East - Digital Media, Broadband, Internet Markets and Forecasts" report to their offering.

The Middle Eastern society as a whole is an enthusiastic adopter of technology, digital media, online entertainment and social media. Jordan in particular has emerged as a regional tech start-up hub due to an ICT focused education system, low start up costs and business-friendly government. Its growing reputation is increasingly attracting international capital eager to tap into the region's underserved growing online market.

Turkey also possesses a significant telecommunications market region due to its large population, which is characterised as young, increasingly urbanised and technically literate. Its developing economy has been shaped by the EU accession process.

Many countries now recognise the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development. Kuwait, for example, has taken steps to develop a digital economy with the development of national level policies for e-health and e-government as well as a number of services now available online. Saudi Arabia received praise in 2013 from the World Bank which acknowledged the kingdom's efforts in implementing business reforms such as electronic filing and new payment systems.

Despite ongoing conflict in Syria; e-government services are available, with a national e-government policy in place to guide developments. To support e-health development, public funding has been made available for ICT equipment, software, pilot projects, skills training and scholarships. E-health initiatives in Syria also extend to the mobile sector (m-health), with m-health initiatives undertaken.

Despite the growing Internet user base across the Middle East; the lack of adequate delivery infrastructure has been cited as an impediment to digital media development, although this is improving.

In Israel, broadband speeds are increasing as Bezeq and HOT expand coverage of fibre access networks while the recent launch of additional submarine cables which offer ISPs an opportunity to reduce their own costs.

National Broadband Network (NBN) development is underway in some markets with Qatar being one example of a country embarking on developing a national fibre-based access network, known as QNBN. Bahrain also recognises the socioeconomic advantages of a connected society and has deployed its own National Broadband Network (NBN), using infrastructure from the national Electricity and Water utility company and promising speeds of up to 1Gb/s.

Companies Mentioned:

- Alfa Telecom

- AsiaCell

- Avea

- Batelco

- Cellcom

- du

- Etisalat

- HiTS Unitel

- Korek Telecom

- MTC Touch

- MTN Irancell

- MTN Syria

- MTN Yemen

- Mobily

- Mobitel

- Nawras

- Oman Mobile

- Orange

- Partner

- Pelephone

- Qtel

- Rightel


- Sabafon

- Syriatel


- Telsim

- Turkcell

- Umniah

- Viva

- Vodafone Qatar

- Wataniya

- Yemen Mobile

- Zain

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Sector: Internet and E-Commerce, Telecommunications and Networks, New Media


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Internet and E-Commerce, Telecommunications and Networks, New Media