BMI View : With a penetration rate of more than 170% in 2014, BMI believes the greatest growth opportunities in Bahrain's telecoms market lie in the 3G/4G and wireline broadband segments. However, with all operators' networks now covering 100% of the population, they are turning to new services and content to differentiate themselves from their rivals. During 2014 , all three mobile operators launched VOD services, and we expect them to forge further partnerships with regional video streaming, gaming and entertainment content providers in order to improve customer loyalty and sustain ARPU levels. Meanwhile, operators are also expanding their range of enterprise solutions to include advanced communications, cloud computing and M2M solutions. Batelco has been at the forefront of this trend, but we expect Zain and VIVA to quickly expand their enterprise portfolios in Bahrain, once they have launched them in their home markets of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
BMI estimates Bahrain's mobile market reached 2.34mn subscriptions in 2014, for a penetration rate of 174%.
The launch of LTE has boosted the 3G/4G market, which reached 1.68mn subscriptions in September 2014. Of these, 14.3% were data only subscriptions, while 85.7% were voice and data subscriptions on smartphones. The wireline broadband market contracted by 5.1% in 9M14 to 166,000 subscriptions.
Fixed wireline continues to decline as it remains affected by mobile substitution, for a penetration rate of 18.3% in 2014.
| Revenues Stagnate Under Competitive Pressure |
|Batelco And Zain Quarterly Revenue|
| Source: operators, BMI |
The Bahrain Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Bahrain's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.
BMI's Bahrain Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Bahrain.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecast Scenario
Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.
- Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
- Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
- Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.
BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
Market Data Analysis
Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:
- Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
- Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
- Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).
Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.
*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.