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Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q1 2017

  • November 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 64 pages

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>BMI View:
We maintain the view that 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 around 160%. Based on a decline of over 2.5mn subscribers in Q216 alone, we believe the market harbours a significant number of inactive accounts which are being discounted. However, we remain optimistic that operators' investments in enhancing infrastructure capabilities will generate new growth opportunities. Additionally, e-Enterprise 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 that mobile subscriptions declined to 48.4mn in Q216 after 2.5mn subscribers were lost in the second quarter of 2016. This follows after 1.9mn subscribers were shed in Q116. 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 hovers around the 160% 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 52.7mn by end of our current forecast period.

Table Of Contents

Saudi Arabia 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 (Saudi Arabia 2013-2020) 16
Industry Risk Reward Index 17
MENA Risk/Reward Index 17
Table: MENA Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q117 20
Saudi Arabia Risk/Reward Index 21
Market Overview 23
Market Drivers and Trends 23
Mobile 24
Wireline Voice and Broadband 30
Regulatory Development 33
Industry Risks 33
Main Development: Implementation Of Unified Licensing Regime 35
Additional Developments 36
Competitive Landscape 37
Table: Key Players In Saudi Arabia's Telecoms Sector 37
Table: Mobile Market Overview 37
Table: STC 38
Table: Mobily 38
Table: Zain 39
Table: MVNOs 40
Company Profile 41
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) 41
Saudi Telecommunications Company 45
Zain KSA 49
Demographic Forecast 53
Demographic Outlook 53
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 54
Table: Key Population Ratios (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 54
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 55
Table: Population By Age Group (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 55
Table: Population By Age Group % (Saudi Arabia 1990-2025) 56
Glossary 58
Table: Glossary Of Terms 58
Methodology 60
Industry Forecast Methodology 60
Sources 62
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 62
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators 63
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 64

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