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Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q3 2016

  • July 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 61 pages

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BMI View: Saudi Arabia's telecommunications consumers show strong demand for higher speed dataservices in the wireless and wireline segments. Despite this, the mobile market has already reachedmaturation point and displays classic signs of slowing down, with penetration rates exceeding 167%. Basedon a decline in the total number of mobile accounts in Q116, we believe that the market harbours asignificant number of inactive accounts. Despite mobile market saturation, we remain optimistic thatoperators' investments in enhancing infrastructure capabilities will help generate new growthopportunities. Additionally, eEnterprise solutions are becoming a main pillar for the leading operators,with new datacentres and business solutions popping up regularly. Still, overall competition is keepingARPU down and infrastructure development in a country as vast as Saudi Arabia is quite expensive. Whileinvesting heavily into their fibre backbones, operators are therefore looking to improve the efficiency oftheir infrastructure and are aiming to outsource towers.

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

- According to the regulator's latest data, Mobile subscriptions reached 52.8mn at the end of 2015, whilethe penetration rate reached 167.4%. 3G and 4G accounts accounted for slightly more than 63% oftotal connections at the end of 2015.

- The mobile market lost 800,000 connections in Q415 and 1.9mn more connections were lost inQ116. These losses were borne by all three operators and we attribute this development to the deductionof inactive prepaid accounts from their reported totals.

- The wireline voice market grew to 3.8mn subscribers at the end of 2015, according to the regulator'sdata. However, demand for high speed data services is driving growth in the wireline broadbandsegment. Fixed broadband subscriptions grew to 3.56mn at the end of 2015, while mobilebroadband subscriptions climbed to 20.19mn at the end of 2015. A rising prevalence of smartphonesaccelerated demand for data and content.

Table Of Contents

Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q3 2016
BMI Industry View 7
Latest Updates and Industry Developments 7
SWOT 9
Industry Forecast 11
Latest Updates 11
Structural Trends 11
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data and Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2013-2020) 15
Industry Risk Reward Index 17
Middle East and North Africa Risk/Reward Index 17
Table: Mena Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q316 19
Industry Risk/Reward Index 20
Market Overview 22
Market Drivers and Trends 22
Mobile 23
Wireline Voice and Broadband 27
Regulatory Development 30
Licensing 30
Spectrum 31
Mobile Termination Rates 32
Ban Lifted on VoIP Services 32
Competitive Landscape 33
Table: Key Players In Saudi Arabia's Telecoms Sector 33
Table: Mobile Market Overview 33
Table: Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) 34
Table: Mobily Saudi Arabia 35
Table: Zain Saudi Arabia 35
Company Profile 37
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) 37
Saudi Telecommunications Company 42
Zain KSA 46
Demographic Forecast 50
Demographic Outlook 50
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 51
Table: Key Population Ratios (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 51
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 52
Table: Population By Age Group (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 52
Table: Population By Age Group % (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 53
Glossary 55
Table: Glossary Of Terms 55
Methodology 57
Industry Forecast Methodology 57
Sources 59
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 59
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators 60
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 61

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