United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report

Published 13 January 2015

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United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report

BMI View: The TRA's release of 800MHz LTE spectrum in the UAE will enable operators' networks to cope with rapidly rising demand for data. As content becomes an increasingly important piece of the Middle East's telecoms ecosystem, we expect operators to continue forming partnerships with and eventually move to acquire regionally focused content providers.

Key data

  • The mobile market contracted 0.7% q-o-q in Q314, but grew 8.1% y-o-y in the 12 months September 2014.

  • The fixed-line sector grew by 1.2% q-o-q in Q314 and 2.8% % y-o-y in the 12 months to September 2014.

  • The fixed broadband sector grew by 4.1% q-o-q in Q314 and 7.5% y-o-y in the 12 months to September 2014.

  • Market average mobile ARPU was flat in Q314.

Risk/Reward Ratings

The UAE moved up one place to third position in this quarter's update to BMI's Risk/Reward Index (RRI) table with an aggregate score of 61.6, up from 57.7 in our previous update. Despite the mixed operational performance recorded in 9M14, the market continues o present strong subscriptions and revenue growth opportunities across multiple services. A stable political environment and strong private consumption growth help boost the UAE's Country Risk index, although the country continues to score poorly in the Industry Risk category owing to strong state influence on the telecoms sector.

Key Developments

Etisalat has launched a new low-cost prepaid mobile service under a separate brand called Five. The service works like a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), using capacity on Etisalat's network but is only available from separate retail shops and with entirely separate tariffs and service offerings. By launching a separate service for the lower value segment of the market, Etisalat will shield its core business from more rapid ARPU erosion. As the migrant population grows, Five will enable Etisalat to tap into a good opportunity for subscriptions growth, without allowing it to disproportionately impact price...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
9
SWOT
11
Political
13
Economic
14
Business Environment
15
Industry Forecast
16
Mobile
16
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts (United Arab Emirates 2011-2018)
16
Wireline
20
Table: Telecoms Sector - Wireline - Historical Data & Forecasts (United Arab Emirates 2011-2018)
20
Broadband
21
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
23
Table: MENA Risk/reward ratings, Q414
28
Market Overview
29
Mobile
29
Table: Regional Comparison
30
Key Developments
30
Mobile Growth
31
Table: UAE Mobile Market
34
ARPU
36
Mobile Operator Data
43
Table: Market Overview
43
Table: Etisalat
43
Table: Du
44
Middle East And North Africa Mobile Content
46
Wireline
51
Table: Etisalat Wireline Operations ('000)
57
Table: Du Wireline Operations ('000)
58
Industry Trends And Developments
62
Table: Key Developments
62
Regulatory Development
66
Regulatory Overview
66
Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
68
Table: Key Developments
71
Competitive Landscape
72
Table: Key Players - UAE Telecoms Market
72
Table: UAE Financial Indicators (USDmn)
72
Company Profile
73
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
73
Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (du)
82
Regional Overview
89
Table: Major NSN Contract Wins In MENA, H114
91
Demographic Forecast
92
Table: United Arab Emirates' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
93
Table: United Arab Emirates' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
94
Table: United Arab Emirates' Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
95
Table: United Arab Emirates' Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
95
Glossary
96
Table: Glossary Of Terms
96
Methodology
98
Industry Forecast Methodology
98
Sources
100
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
100
Table: Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
101
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
102

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

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for United Arab Emirates to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Emirati telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in United Arab Emirates's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in United Arab Emirates.
  • 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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