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Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q4 2016

  • October 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 63 pages

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BMI View:

BMI maintains its view the Saudi Arabian telecommunications consumers exhibit strong demand for higher speed data services in the wireless and wireline segments. Despite this, the mobile market has already reached saturation point and displays classic signs of slowing down with penetration rates exceeding 167%. Based on a decline of over 1.9mn subscribers in Q116 alone, we believe the market harbours a significant number of inactive accounts. However, we remain optimistic operators' investments in enhancing infrastructure capabilities will generate new growth opportunities. 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 keeping ARPU down and infrastructure development in a country as vast as Saudi Arabia is expensive. While investing heavily into their fibre backbones, operators are therefore looking to improve the efficiency of their infrastructure and are aiming to outsource towers.
Latest Updates & Industry Developments

- Latest market data suggest the mobile subscriptions declined to 50.9mn in Q1 2016 after 1.8mn subscribers were lost in the first quarter of the year. Furthermore, an additional 800,000 subscribers were shed in Q4 2015. These losses suggest a significant number of inactive prepaid accounts have been shed by operators and this trend could continue in the future as the penetration rate increase above the 167% mark. We estimate only modest organic growth prospects in terms of subscriber numbers out to 2020 as our estimates suggest the mobile market will grow to around 57.8mn by end of our current forecast period.

Table Of Contents

Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q4 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, Q416 20
Industry Risk/Reward Index 21
Market Overview 23
Market Drivers and Trends 23
Mobile 24
Wireline Voice and Broadband 30
Regulatory Development 32
Industry Risks 32
Main Development: VoIP Ban Lifted by Regulator 33
Additional Developments 34
Competitive Landscape 35
Table: Key Players In Saudi Arabia's Telecoms Sector 35
Table: Mobile Market Overview 36
Table: STC 36
Table: Mobily 37
Table: Zain 37
Table: MVNOs 38
Company Profile 39
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) 39
Saudi Telecommunications Company 44
Zain KSA 48
Demographic Forecast 52
Demographic Outlook 52
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 53
Table: Key Population Ratios (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 53
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 54
Table: Population By Age Group (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 54
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Table: Population By Age Group % (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 55
Glossary 57
Table: Glossary Of Terms 57
Methodology 59
Industry Forecast Methodology 59
Sources 61
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 61
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators 62
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 63

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