Qatar Telecommunications Report

Published 13 March 2015

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Qatar Telecommunications Report

BMI View : Despite Qatar's small population and one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the region, there remain considerable subscriptions and revenue growth opportunities for the country's two telecoms operators, Ooredoo and Vodafone Qatar . On one hand, the influx of migrant workers to support the construction boom will sustain subscriptions growth, while on the other, high spending power among Qataris will underpin strong de mand for 4G and converged wireline telecoms services. Competition between the two operators for these high value segments of the market will drive network expansion and the development of new data-focused services for enterprises and consumers.

Key Data

  • The mobile market served 4.125mn subscribers at the end of 2014, a y-o-y increase of 10.8% despite saturation. BMI forecasts 3.053mn subscribers by 2019.

  • Market weighted average mobile ARPU depreciated by 2.7% y-o-y in Q414; ARPU is forecast to sink to QAR110.3 by 2019.

  • The number of wireline voice accesses will continue to grow as copper local loops continue to be used to deliver broadband services; the number of connections will rise from 362,000 in 2014 to 386,000 in 2019.

Key Developments

Vodafone's underperformance in the mobile and wireline markets in 2014 was significant. Ooredoo ramped up its rollout of 4G mobile and fibre-based broadband networks and services across Qatar during the year and, lacking the scale and reach of its rival, Vodafone is beginning to be viewed as being a less comprehensive provider. In addition, low-paid expatriate workers turn to Vodafone for their mobile services and their usage of low-value prepaid services weighs on Vodafone's ARPUs. Vodafone's decision not to purchase Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) therefore leaves it at a strategic disadvantage relative to Ooredoo. The next few years will be crucial in determining whether competition can thrive in the country.

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
8
Mobile SWOT
8
Wireline SWOT
10
Political
11
Economic
12
Operational Risk
13
Industry Forecast
15
Mobile
15
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts (Qatar 2012-2019)
15
Wireline
18
Table: Telecoms Sector - Wireline - Historical Data & Forecasts (Qatar 2012-2019)
18
Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
20
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
20
Table: Mena Q215 Risk/Reward Index
23
Market Overview
24
Mobile
24
Regional Perspective
24
Table: Qatar Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2013
25
Key Developments
25
Mobile Growth
26
Market Share
27
Table: Qatar Mobile Market
28
Subscriber Mix
28
Table: Ooredoo Vs Vodafone Subscriber Mix ('000)
29
ARPU
29
Networks
30
Mobile Content
31
Mobile Operator Data
34
Table: Market Overview
34
Table: Ooredoo
35
Table: Vodafone
36
Middle East And North Africa Mobile Content - Q2 2015
37
Wireline
39
Key Developments
39
Fixed-Line
39
Table: Ooredoo Fixed-Line Revenues (QARmn)
41
Broadband
42
Table: Wireline Developments
47
Industry Trends And Developments
48
Regulatory Development
49
Table: Qatar Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
49
Competitive Landscape
53
Table: Key Players - Qatar Telecoms Market
53
Table: Operators' Financial Data
53
Company Profile
54
Ooredoo
54
Vodafone Qatar
60
Regional Overview
66
Demographic Forecast
71
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Qatar 1990-2025)
72
Table: Key Population Ratios (Qatar 1990-2025)
72
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Qatar 1990-2025)
73
Table: Population By Age Group (Qatar 1990-2025)
73
Table: Population By Age Group % (Qatar 1990-2025)
74
Glossary
76
Table: Glossary Of Terms
76
Methodology
78
Industry Forecast Methodology
78
Sources
80
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
80
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
81
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
82

The Qatar Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Qatar'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 Qatar 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 Qatar.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Qatar to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Qatari telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Qatar's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Qatar.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

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).

Regulatory Environment

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.

Company Profiles*

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.

Sources

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.

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