Yemen Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets 2020 - COVID-19 and Civil Issues Pose a Tremendous Challenge -

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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 may experience a downturn in mobile device and ICT equipment production and a decline in consumer spending on telecoms services. Overall progress towards 5G may also be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

Key Developments

  • In 2020 Yemen faces several challenges including civil issues, the potential of famine, floods and possible disease outbreaks such as cholera, Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and managing a large number of displaced persons.
  • In early 2020 Yemen's internet access was disabled for around a month, following damage to the FALCON submarine cable. This impacted upon the economy as well as banks, enterprise and money exchange outlets.
  • Yemen had done much to upgrade and expand its telecom sector prior to the civil unrest. However tele-density remains among the lowest in the Arab states, reflecting Yemens status as one of the poorest countries in the region.

Yemen is a unique and challenging market for telecommunications providers to operate in, with the civil unrest causing havoc and devastation on many levels. A large percentage of the population reportedly needs humanitarian assistance and amidst this volatile environment, essential infrastructure is often targeted and destroyed or damaged, including important telecoms equipment like mobile phone towers and fibre-optic cabling, along with electricity and healthcare services. It was reported that as recently as March 2020, warplane strikes caused damage to telecoms network infrastructure.

The ownership of telecommunication services and scrutiny of associated revenues and taxes have become a political issue in Yemen. In 2019 it was reported that the internationally recognised government had moved Tele Yemen's headquarters from Sana'a into Aden, in order to regain control of it. It also launched a new Internet service, known as AdenNet, built using Huawei equipment.

Supplying basic telecommunications services to the community has become extremely challenging. It is difficult to perform maintenance on infrastructure in areas of open conflict and ensure the safety of staff.

However, it is also vital that emergency communications services are available in order to convey warnings to citizens; allow aid organisations to co-ordinate their efforts; facilitate crisis mapping and provide information regarding access to food and medical relief.

Until telecommunications infrastructure can be improved across Yemen and the civil unrest stabilises there will be very little progress ahead for the sector in the short term. This report provides insight and statistics into Yemen's telecommunication sector including the mobile, fixed and broadband sectors.

Key Topics Covered

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical overview

3.2 Market overview

3.3 Key industry considerations

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Regulatory authority

4.2 Telecom sector liberalisation

4.3 Privatisation

4.4 Internet governance

5 Mobile communications

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Market overview

5.3 Mobile statistics

5.4 Mobile broadband statistics

5.5 Regulatory issues

5.6 Mobile infrastructure

5.7 Major mobile operators

6 Fixed-broadband market

6.1 Historical overview

6.2 Market overview

6.3 Fixed broadband statistics

7 Fixed-network operators

7.1 TeleYemen/Yemen International Telecommunication Company

7.2 Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 Historic developments

8.3 International infrastructure

Companies Mentioned

  • AdenNet
  • TeleYemen
  • Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC)
  • Yemen Mobile
  • Sabafon
  • MTN Yemen
  • Y Telecom
  • Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
  • DARE Submarine Cable Consortium

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900