Market Report, "United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Report Q4 2013", published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Dec 04 2013

The UAE's telecoms market recorded impressive revenue and subscriptions growth in H113, reflecting strong business confidence and private consumption growth. We expect this 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 4.3% in Q213 and 15.3% in the 12 months June 2013 to bring mobile penetration in the UAE to 178.7%.
* The fixed-line sector grew by 1.7% in Q213 and 6.3% in the 12 months to June 2013.
* The fixed broadband sector grew by 2.4% in Q213 and 7.8% in the 12 months to June 2013.
* Market average mobile ARPU was flat in Q213.

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

In line with BMI's view of investments in high-value services, Etisalat announced plans in August 2013 to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the UAE by Q114. The move will allow it to take advantage of its large 4G network, which covers the central areas of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and the Northern Emirates to offer enhanced voice services, including high definition (HD) voice calls, faster call set up and HD video calling.

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) launched its YahClick satellite broadband service in the UAE in June 2013. Yahsat is partnering with SkyStream, a member of the Atlas Telecom Group, and Safa Telecom, a member of the IEC Telecom Group, to deliver the YahClick service in the UAE. Yahsat expects its service to to appeal to businesses in sectors such as oil and gas, agriculture and construction.

Du is aggressively pushing its corporate solutions strategy by rolling out services targeted at the UAE's burgeoning SME sector. In September 2013, du enhanced its next generation managed IP telephony services that caters to more than 25,000 business customers. The operator also partnered with Google to provide a new business mobile plan, including Google AdWords platform, called Business Super 600-G. The AdWords service is expected to benefit du's SME customers.

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