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Middle East Mobile Network Operators and MVNOS 2017-2018: Mobile Network Operators in the Middle East Rise to the Challenges - Research and Markets
[March 06, 2017]

Middle East Mobile Network Operators and MVNOS 2017-2018: Mobile Network Operators in the Middle East Rise to the Challenges - Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Middle East - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOS" report to their offering.

The Middle East mobile market offers some opportunities for growth due to its large populations and increasingly progressive outlook. However, there are vast differences between the various countries.

Some markets have significant mobile penetration and are looking towards mobile broadband for growth - while other markets face more challenging issues with infrastructure destruction and civil tension inhibiting current growth. This report provides comprehensive insights and statistics into the mobile markets of the Middle East and includes the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Many Middle Eastern mobile operators are facing increased challenges in the mobile sector, due primarily to regulatory reforms, liberalisation, Over-The-Top providers, economic and civil conditions, the lifting of sanctions (Iran) and mobile market saturation.

Competition in particular has gown in many markets. Saudi Arabia, which has the largest ICT market in the Middle East, has seen mobile market competition increase significantly with the introduction of MVNOs; along with a reduction in Mobile Termination Rates (MTRS).

Key Developments:

- While the number of post-paid subscribers in Bahrain is lower than pre-paid - this market segment actually contributes around 52% to overall retail mobile market revenues;


- MCI holds the majority market share in Iran's mobile market with 57%;

- In January 2017, it was reported that Electra Consumer Products from Israel had agreed to acquire Golan Telecom.

- Lebanon's Alfa, in conjunction with Nokia (News - Alert), recently launched the first LTE-A network in Lebanon.

- In 2016 Etisalat reported an annual revenue increase of 2.0% which was attributed to rising data usage in the UAE as well as an increase in revenues derived from the enterprise sector.

- Mobile data services are becoming an increasingly important source of new revenue in Iraq given the maturing mobile voice market.

- The well-established mobile sector in Kuwait sees the large operators moving towards offering more value-added services as well as conducting technology and network upgrades.

- Ooredoo Qatar aims to have the first stage of its 5G network deployed by 2018.

- The two major mobile operators in Oman (Oman Mobile, Ooredoo Oman) are investing huge amounts in expanding and improving upon mobile networks in order to keep up with the growing demand for data.

- In early 2017 reports were surfacing that a third mobile operator would enter the Syrian mobile market based on a consortium from Iran.

- Operators in Saudi Arabia are turning their attention towards new service offering such as M2M and cloud related services.

For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cjfpvk/middle_east


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