This valuable report on the fixed broadband sector in the Middle East provides information on trends and developments. The report provides key information, analysis and statistics on the fixed broadband sectors for the following countries: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The deployment of fibre-based broadband infrastructure has attracted increased interest in many markets of the Middle East due to the rising demands on data from consumers and enterprises alike. Many countries are also recognizing that high-speed fixed broadband infrastructure will be required to underpin the current 5G evolution and provide the backbone for smart cities overall.
While broadband access based on DSL technology has been prevalent in many Middle Eastern countries, this is slowly changing in some markets, with fibre-based deployments increasing. In Saudi Arabia, for example, DSL subscriptions still accounted for the largest proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions in 2019, but fibre-based broadband subscriptions are growing faster. A similar situation is underway in Bahrain where DSL subscriptions still hold the majority market share - but have been declining since 2013 in favour of fibre broadband.
This increased interest in fibre-based broadband is also leading to innovation and new initiatives in some markets of the Middle East. In Lebanon, for example, the incumbent, Ogero, became one of the first in the world during 2019 to conduct a commercial trial of a fixed network slicing solution deployed to its FttH network.
Competition in the wholesale broadband market is improving in some markets as well and infrastructure sharing initiatives are being implemented. Licenses were recently awarded in Lebanon, for example, which allows alternative service providers to operate and supply FttH services to consumers, using Ogero's government-owned network.
Overall, fixed broadband in the Middle East is becoming a more dynamic and progressive sector with countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar leading the way - and other countries like Iran and Turkey offering potential growth opportunities.
- While parts of the Middle East are having ongoing civil unrest issues which have stagnated telecoms developments (e.g. Syria, Yemen) - the more stabilised and progressive countries are moving forwards and making significant inroads in developing and progressing fixed broadband infrastructure.
- DSL is still the leading fixed broadband access technology in many markets in the Middle East.
- The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are considered to have the most advanced FttP/FttH broadband roll-outs occurring in The Middle East.
- By the end of 2022, the Lebanese government aims to cover the entire country with fibre-based infrastructure.
- Operators are beginning to utilise the wholesale fixed broadband network in Bahrain.
- Fibre-broadband access is expected to increase further in Kuwait, in line with the ongoing national fibre network deployment.
- Alfa Telecom
- Axiom Telecom
- GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb
- Golan Telecom
- HOT Mobile
- Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium
- Iraqi Telephone and Postal Company (ITPC)
- Jordan Telecom Group
- Korek Telecom
- Kuwait Telecom Company (KTC)/Viva
- Lebara KSA/Etihad Jawraa
- Majan Telecom (Renna)
- Mobile Communications Iran (MCI)
- Mobile Telecommunications Co (MTC)/Zain
- Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE)
- Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula
- MTC Touch
- MTN Irancell
- MTN Syria
- Ooredoo Kuwait (previously National Mobile Telecommunication Co (NMT)/Wataniya Telecom)
- Ooredoo Oman
- Ooredoo Qatar
- Orange (Partner)
- Pelephone (Bezeq)
- Rami Levy
- Regional Telecom
- Saudi Telecom Company (STC)/Bravo
- Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
- Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
- Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
- Telecommunication Kish Company (TKC)
- Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (Virgin Mobile MEA)
- Viva Bahrain
- Vodafone Qatar
- Vodafone Turkey
- Zain Bahrain
- Zain Iraq
- Zain Jordan
- Zain KSA
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