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Kuwait - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Aug 2017

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 43 Pages

Telecoms sector becomes increasingly important to Kuwait’s economy

Kuwait offers a dynamic telecoms sector with a strong bias towards mobile infrastructure and services. The country offers opportunities due to its high penetration of mobile and vast LTE coverage - combined with an emerging mobile content and services sector.

The mobile operators in Kuwait are forging ahead and developing both infrastructure and services, with the three major operators of Zain Kuwait, VIVA and Ooredoo all offering LTE services as well as exploring 5G opportunities. In March 2017 Zain Kuwait and VIVA, in conjunction with Huawei and GSMA, successfully launched a VoLTE interconnection in Kuwait.

Kuwait has demonstrated strong growth in Internet users due primarily to the high ownership of smart phones amongst the population as well as a large number of households with access to either a computer or tablet.

The telecoms sector is growing in importance in Kuwait as the country looks to diversify its economy from its reliance on oil. The National Bank of Kuwait recently detected a year-on-year growth in profit contributed by the telecom sector.

Key developments:

  • Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) is an important and influential investment company in Kuwait. KIPCO has been a major player in the Kuwaiti communications industry.
  • With mobile penetration at high levels, focus has shifted to the mobile data market. All three operators have upgraded networks to support faster downlink speeds and are increasingly focused on mobile content and applications.
  • The launch of the new Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) took place in February 2016 and in 2017 continues to establish its role.
  • Kuwait is connected to 7 key international submarine cables.

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview
3.2 Market analysis

4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Privatisation

5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Ministry of Communications

6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Fibre networks
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite communication

7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 Smart grids

8. Broadband access market

9. Introduction and statistical overview

9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
9.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
9.5 Other fixed broadband services
9.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)

10. Digital economy
10.1 e-Commerce
10.1.1 Start-ups
10.2 e-Banking
10.3 e-Government
10.4 e-Health
10.5 e-Education

11. Digital media
11.1 Digital advertising in the Middle East
11.2 Videostreaming
11.3 Social media
11.4 VoIP
11.5 Music
11.6 On line gaming and gambling

12. Mobile communications
12.1 Market analysis
12.1.1 Mobile statistics
12.2 Mobile voice services
12.2.1 Prepaid
12.2.2 Satellite mobile
12.3 Mobile broadband statistics
12.4 Regulatory issues
12.4.1 Third mobile operator
12.4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
12.4.3 Roaming tariff reduction
12.4.4 Spectrum refarming for LTE

13. Mobile infrastructure
13.1 Analogue networks
13.2 Digital networks
13.2.1 GSM, 3G
13.2.2 LTE, LTE-A
13.3 5G
13.4 Other infrastructure developments
13.4.1 VoLTE
13.5 IoT and M2M networks

14. Major mobile operators
14.1 Zain Kuwait
14.1.1 International expansion
14.2 Ooredoo Kuwait
14.3 Viva

15. Mobile content and applications
15.1 SMS and MMS
15.2 OTT messaging services
15.3 m-TV
15.4 m-advertising
15.5 m-banking

16. Related reports

 

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics - Kuwait – 2017
Table 2 – Telecom services profit – Q1 2017
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – GDP growth and inflation – 2005 - 2017
Table 8 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2017
Table 9 – Kuwait - Internet pricing guide - 2016
Table 10 – Top six countries – broadband basket pricing comparison - 2014
Table 11 – Internet users and penetration – 1995 - 2017
Table 12 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2017
Table 13 –Kuwait fiber connections – 2015; 2019
Table 14 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 15 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2017
Table 16 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2005 - 2016
Table 17 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – 2016
Table 18 – Zain and Ooredoo – prepaid share – 2005 - 2015
Table 19 - Kuwait - active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2015 – 2017
Table 20 - Zain Group subscribers, revenue and profit – 2002 – 2016
Table 21 – Zain Kuwait revenue, income, ARPU and subscribers – 2005 - 2016
Table 22 – Ooredoo Kuwait financial data – 2009 - 2015
Table 23 – Ooredoo Kuwait financial data – 2016; Q1 2017
Table 24 - Viva revenue, net profit, EBITDA, and subscribers – 2009 – Q1 2017

List of Chart

Exhibit 1 – Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO)
Exhibit 2 – New regulator for Kuwait seen as a positive step
Exhibit 3 – Middle East offers online advertising potential

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