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Report Published: "United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report Q1 2014"

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2014-01-23 16:48:56 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research

The UAE's mobile operators continue to compete fiercely for a shrinking pool of potential subscribers. The anticipated introduction of MNP could provide some interesting changes to the market's dynamics as the difference between the market shares of the operators' declines. We expect the strong growth trend to continue for the most part of our forecast period, through to 2017, in view of the positive outlook for key sectors of the economy, including real estate and tourism, during the same period. We also retain the view of continued deployment of high-value service for the corporate and consumer markets as operators prepare for the inevitable slowdown of subscriptions growth as a result of market saturation.

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Key data

* The mobile market grew by 3.4% in Q313 and 14.2% in the 12 months September 2013 to bring mobile penetration in the UAE to 184.7%.
* The fixed-line sector grew by 1.3% in Q313 and 7.4% in the 12 months to September 2013.
* The fixed broadband sector grew by 1.9% in Q313 and 11.8% in the 12 months to September 2013.
* Market average mobile ARPU fell to AED115.

Risk/Reward Ratings

The UAE remained in fourth position in this quarter's update to BMI's Risk/Reward Ratings (RRR) table. The UAE's telecoms market experienced strong subscriber growth across the three main service sectors, while country's main telecoms service providers recorded impressive financial results for FY12 and H113.

Key Developments

Etisalat launched a 100MB monthly data package in December 2013, allowing low data users to do some light browsing and use email. Prepaid Wasl customers pay AED29 for the package, which starts once the subscriber begins using the internet and is renewed monthly automatically.

Dubai was selected as host city for the 2020 World Expo trade convention November 2013, beating off rival bids from cities in Brazil, Russia and Turkey. This development is a boon for the UAE's ICT sector, which will play a central role in the delivery of key projects for the event. The anticipated uptick in investments and visitors into the country in the run-up to 2020 poses a significant upside risk to our market volume and value growth forecast.

The UAE recorded the highest increase in rank in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report in Measuring the Information Society 2013, jumping 12 places to 33 out of 157 global economies. The report also stated the UAE's access and use sub-indices are both significantly above the global average. The UAE has also been ranked among the most affordable countries for prepaid mobile-broadband services, which cost less than 1% of GNI per capita, according to the report.

Report Table of Contents:

The table of contents for this report is available upon request.

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