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The UAE generally leads the Middle East Arab countries in ICT rankings, with a well-developed and technologically advanced telecom sector and high levels of mobile, telephone, and broadband penetration. Fixed-line competition, however, has been slow to develop, but this will begin to change in 2016 as a result of the fixed network sharing agreement introduced in late 2015.

The UAE has two fixed network and mobile operators: the original incumbent Etisalat and operator du, which launched services in February 2007. With the prospect of competition, Etisalat reduced its charges to some extent, but a failure to implement network sharing restricted both operators geographically du had a monopoly in Dubai's free trade zones, while Etisalat had a monopoly elsewhere. In October 2015 however, the TRA announced fixed network sharing had finally been implemented across the country with both operators now able to offer and market services in locations previously withheld.

Etisalat is one of the most profitable telecom organisations in the region; it is a large contributor to UAE's economic development (after petroleum) and one of the largest companies in the Middle East. Besides being the incumbent telco in the UAE, Etisalat operates in several other African and Asian countries.
This report provides a concise overview, backed by statistics, of the telecoms market, the regulatory background, and the fixed-line sector.


Key developments:
Du is demonstrating a keen interest in developing 5G technology; The UAE finally has a fixed network sharing agreement in place; Etisalat attributes around 30% of its mobile services revenue to its growing mobile data stream; Service bundling has become a popular way to attract and retain customers.

Companies covered in this report:
Etisalat; du; Yahsat

Table Of Contents

United Arab Emirates - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Recent developments
3.2 Historical overview
3.3 Market analysis
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.3.1 Second operator
4.3.2 Third operator
4.3.3 Satellite licence
4.4 Interconnect and access
4.5 Fibre access
4.6 Number Portability (NP)
5. Competition issues
6. Fixed network operators in UAE
6.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
6.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du
6.3 Yahsat
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Terrestrial cable networks
7.2.3 Satellite networks
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Smart grids
8.2 Smart cities
8.2.1 Masdar City
8.3 Connected homes
9. Related reports
Table 1 United Arab Emirates - ccountry statistics 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 UAE GDP and inflation 2005 - 2020
Table 7 UAE telecommunications revenue by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 8 Etisalat group revenue and net profit 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Etisalat fixed subscribers and ARPU 2010 - 2014
Table 10 du revenue breakdown and profit/loss 2006 Q3 2015
Table 11 du fixed line subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 12 du fixed line subscribers' breakdown September 2014
Table 13 UAE fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2015
Table 14 UAE domestic and international voice revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 15 UAE international outgoing traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 16 UAE international telephone revenues 2008 - 2014
Table 17 UAE monthly fixed-line ARPU and MOU 2008 - 2014
Table 18 UAE annual fixed-line voice minutes (breakdown and total) 2007 - 2014
Chart 1 UAE telecommunications revenue by sector 2007 - 2014
Exhibit 1 UAE submarine cable networks

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