Saudi Arabia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Outlook 2018 – Growth Drivers and Industry Key Players – Zain KSA; Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia; Arabsat and Forecast Analysis to 2020

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Scope of the Report:

Saudi Arabia – Telecoms

Supporting digital technologies is a key component of Saudi Arabia’s future strategySaudi Arabia entered 2018 on a positive note with the government announcement of its largest financial budget ever which will support the country’s expansion and diversification plans as part of its Vision 2030 program.

Generally speaking; the strategy will implement changes relating to improving the kingdom’s economy through increases in taxes and fuel prices as well as encouraging investment and diversification away from its reliance on oil. It will also support the use of digital technologies for such uses as cloud computing and e-commerce as well as encouraging ICT development, including investments in broadband infrastructure.

Broadband is widely available in Saudi Arabia via ADSL, fibre, and wireless. In 2018 ADSL subscriptions still account for the largest proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions. Internet penetration in Saudi Arabia has reached over 76%, well above the average for the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is committed to providing Internet services to its deprived rural areas and a special Universal Services project was established in 2007.

The program is now over three quarters completed with thousands of localities provided access where it was not considered commercially viable for operators to do so. The mobile operators have faced recent changes and challenges with the introduction of the biometric fingerprint law which saw subscriber numbers drop, as well as a shift away from pre-paid accounts.

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A major competitive shake-up for the Saudi telecoms sector also began in late 2016 when the Saudi government announced plans to award unified licenses to Zain Saudi Arabia and Mobily, which would allow the operators to offer fixed line telephony and Internet services. In the past only STC was permitted to do so. Also increasing competition in the mobile market was the recent lifting of OTT VoIP and messaging services bans, allowing providers such as Skype, Viber, Whatsapp and so forth to begin operations again.

Recent developments:

Competition in the fixed market may increase with Universal Licenses having been awarded to secondary mobile operators. In September 2017 the CITC lifted its ban on OTT VoIP and messaging applications. The finger-printing regulation for all mobile subscribers impacted upon the mobile sector in terms of both subscribers and revenue. Saudi Arabia is implementing strategies as part of its goals outlined for its 2020 National Transformation Plan as well as the Vision 2030 program.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Saudi Telecom Company (STC)/Bravo, Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium, GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb, Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat/Bayanat Al-Oula, Zain KSA, Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia, Arabsat.

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Major Key Points in Table of Content:

  1. Key statistics
    1.1 Country overview
  2. Telecommunications market
    2.1 Historical overview
    2.2 Market analysis
  3. Regulatory environment
    3.1 Regulatory developments
    3.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)
    3.3 Regulatory authority
  4. Fixed network operators
    4.1 Overview of fixed network market
  5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    5.1 National telecom network
    5.2 International infrastructure
    5.3 Infrastructure developments
  6. Broadband market
    6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
  7. Mobile communications
    7.1 Market analysis
    7.2 Mobile statistics
    7.3 Regulatory issues


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