New Market Research Report: Qatar Telecommunications Report Q3 2016
New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research
[ClickPress, Tue May 10 2016] In 2015 , Qatar's mobile market continued to experience robust growth, outperforming our initial forecasts. Key factors contributing to the expanding subscriber base include the growth of the migrant population, which is associated with major infrastructure and economic development projects - including those related to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although positive subscriber growth will continue for the duration of our forecast, we expect it slow significantly in the later forecast years. Qatar's telecoms market benefits from a wealthy population and this drives demand for advanced data services. High ARPU is underpinned by the uptake of LTE and fibre services in the country, as well as multiple-SIM ownership through multiple-device ownership (smartphone, tablet, dongle) .
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Qatar's mobile subscriber base expanded by 9.7% in 2015. This was down only slightly from the growth of 10.8% recorded in 2014. Growth was fuelled by a variety of social and economic factors, including continued migrant worker growth and infrastructure projects related to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. We now estimate that the market will end 2016 with 4.86mn mobile subscribers, rising to 5.42mn at the end of our forecast period in 2020.
We maintain our prediction that broadband subscriber numbers will grow steadily from an estimated 527,000 at the end of 2015 to more than 803,000 by the end of 2020. This will be equivalent to a penetration rate of 32.7%, up from 23.6% in 2015.
Qatar ranks third in BMI's latest Risk/Reward Index for the Middle East and North Africa, with a score of 60.3 compared to a regional average of 46.2. The primary economic threat for Qatar is lower energy prices. With the economy reliant on oil and gas exports, the ongoing slump in global energy prices could eventually pose downside risks to the country's growth outlook.
The Qatar Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Qatar's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.
BMI's Qatar Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Qatar.
Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Qatar to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Qatari telecoms market.
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