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Market Report, "Qatar Telecommunications Report Q1 2013", published

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2013-02-19 10:15:57 - New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "Qatar Telecommunications Report Q1 2013"

BMI View: Qatar's mobile sector grew strongly in 9M12 compared with the same period in the last two years. However, we retain our view that subscriptions growth will slow significantly in the coming years as a result of market saturation and operators' increasing focus of higher value offerings, including postpaid subscriptions and advanced mobile data services. We believe data services will drive growth in the telecoms sector over the next five years, a view supported by rapid investments in fixed and mobile broadband networks, the increasing availability of data-enabled mobile devices and rising demand for data services, spurred by various e-government and e-commerce initiatives.

Key Data

* The mobile market grew by 2.6% in Q312 to bring total growth in 9M12

to an impressive 6.6%.
* Market weighted average mobile ARPU declined by 1.4% in Q312.
* The fixed-line market grew by 0.7% in Q312, driven by strong demand for multiplay services.
* The incumbent recorded 4.8% and 5.8% growth in fixed and wireless broadband connections respectively in Q312.

Full Report Details at
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Risk/Reward Ratings

Qatar remains in third position on our RRR table this quarter, although its aggregated score increased by 3.9 points as a result to changes to our ratings methodology this quarter. Qatar scores above the regional average in four categories of our ratings table, including the highest regional score in the Country Risks category. The country's telecoms market benefits from a relatively stable political and economic environment as well as strong private consumption growth as a result of generous wage increases in 2011 and 2012.

Key Development

The Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) project recorded a significant milestone in October 2012 with the award of a contract to Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to deploy its fibre-optic network. Some key details of the Q.NBN-Ericsson contract have not been revealed, including its value and the duration of the project. However, BMI expects a speedy deployment considering the government's ICT goals and the retail service providers' dependence on the project to offer FTTH across the country. Ericsson officials revealed that rollout is expected to commence 'immediately', while Q.NBN officials had previously indicated the project will require an investment of around US$500mn.

Report Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
- Mobile
- Wireline
- Political
- Economic
- Business Environment
Industry Forecast
- Mobile
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecast
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile ARPU - Historical Data & Forecast
- Fixed-Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecast
- Internet
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecast
Industry Business Environment Overview
- Middle East And North Africa Risk/Reward Ratings - Q1 2013
- Industry Rewards
- Country Rewards
- Industry Risk
- Country Risks
- Table: MENA Telecom Risk/Reward Ratings, Q113
- Qatar
- Market Overview
- Mobile
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Qatar Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2011
- Market Share
- Table: Qatar Mobile Market, Q311-Q312
- Table: Qtel And Vodafone Subscriber Mix, Q410-Q312
- Usage
- Networks
- Mobile Content
- Table: Mobile Contract Wins
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Qatar Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Qtel
- Table: Vodafone
- Data Networks Key To VAS Development
- Crossovers Dominate The Landscape
- OTT Players And Content Providers: Collaboration vs Competition
- Apps Will Thrive On Advanced Data Networks
- M2M Offers Opportunities
- Fixed Line
- Table: Qtel Fixed-Line Revenues (QARmn)
- Broadband
- Table: Wireline Contract Wins
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Selected VAS Developments
Regulatory Development
- Table: Qatar Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
- Table: Key Players - Qatar Telecoms Markets
- Table: Selected Operators Financial Data
Company Profile
- Qatar Telecom (Qtel)
- Vodafone Qatar
Regional Overview
- Alcatel-Lucent - Returning To Prominence In Emerging Markets
- Table: Alcatel-Lucent - Quarterly Breakdowns Of Revenue By Segments, 2011-2012 (EURmn)
- Under Pressure Despite Carriers' Needs For More Bandwidth
Demographic Forecast
- Table: Qatar's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Qatar's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Qatar's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: Qatar's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
- Table: Glossary Of Terms
- Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts
- Telecoms Business Environment Ratings
- Table: Ratings Indicators
- Table: Weighting Of Indicators

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