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Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q1 2017

  • November 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 53 pages

Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates

BMI View:
We have made some forecast revisions to the Bahraini mobile sector outlook in the Q117 update. Mobile market growth has been strong in H116 despite penetration rates exceeding the 200% barrier. Furthermore, we have adjusted our historical 3G/4G forecast uptake positively to account for the high degree of technological uptake in the country. Bahrain's mobile and wireline telecoms sectors continue to display healthy levels of competition and measurable benefits for telecoms customers. Bahrain still generates the second most attractive returns for operators in the Middle East and North Africa region. The ability to offer fixed and mobile services allows operators to offer bundled services. However, the growth of the broadband market will be primarily driven by dedicated mobile broadband, supported by investments in 3G/4G infrastructure.

Latest Industry Trends & Developments


- The mobile subscriber additions are unusually strong for a saturated market with penetration rate exceeding 200% as of Q216; the discounting of inactive SIMs is a downside risk to our growth forecasts. 3G/4G upgrades will underpin expansion over the next five years and beyond, accounting for 100% of the market by 2020.

- Bahrain had 540,000 dedicated broadband internet connections at the end of 2015; this will rise to 720,000 subscriptions in 2020, of which a significant number will be fibre-based.

Table Of Contents

Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q1 2017
BMI Industry View 7
SWOT 9
Telecoms 9
Industry Forecast 11
Latest Updates 11
Structural Trends 11
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data and Forecasts (Bahrain 2013-2020) 14
Industry Risk/Reward Index 15
MENA Risk/Reward Index 15
Table: MENA Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q117 18
Bahrain Risk/Reward Index 19
Market Overview 21
Market Drivers and Trends 21
Mobile 21
Wireline Voice and Broadband 26
Pay TV/Convergence 27
Regulatory Development 29
Industry Risks 29
Main Development: Fourth National Telecommunications Plan 30
Additional Developments 31
Competitive Landscape 32
Table: Key Players: Bahrain Telecoms Sector 32
Table: Mobile Market Overview 32
Table: Zain 33
Table: Batelco 34
Table: Viva 34
Company Profile 35
Batelco 35
Zain 39
Demographic Forecast 42
Demographic Outlook 42
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Bahrain 1990-2025) 43
Table: Key Population Ratios (Bahrain 1990-2025) 43
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Bahrain 1990-2025) 44
Table: Population By Age Group (Bahrain 1990-2025) 44
Table: Population By Age Group % (Bahrain 1990-2025) 45
Glossary 47
Table: Glossary Of Terms 47
Methodology 49
Industry Forecast Methodology 49
Sources 51
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 51
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators 52
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 53

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