Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q3 2016 - New Market Study Published
Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q3 2016", is now available at Fast Market Research
[ClickPress, Wed May 11 2016] Despite several risks to economic growth and investment that include ongoing political instability and weak oil prices, Bahrain's mobile and wireline telecoms sectors continue to display healthy levels of competition and measurable benefits for telecoms customers. Bahrain still generates the second most attractive returns fo r operators in the Middle East and North Africa region. The ability to offer fixed and mobile services means that the country ' s three mobile operators can offer bundled services including triple-play and quadruple-play services. Investment in next-generation access technologies, such as fibre-to-the-x, will meet the growing demand for high-speed connections. However, we continue to believe that the growth of the broadband market will be primarily driven by the proliferation of dedicated mobile broadband connections supported by investments in 3G and 4G network infrastructure .
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Bahrain's mobile market reached 2.54mn subscriptions at the end of 2015, for a penetration rate of 184.6%. We continue to expect the mobile subscriber growth rate to slow substantially in coming years with average annual growth of around 1.0% between 2015 and 2020. The discounting of inactive SIMs is a downside risk to our growth forecast.
The launch of LTE has boosted the 3G/4G market, which reached 1.41mn subscriptions at the end of 2015, equivalent to 55.5% of the total mobile market.
We estimate that Bahrain had 540,000 dedicated broadband internet connections at the end of 2015, equivalent to a penetration rate of 39.2%. We now forecast an average annual growth rate of 3.0% between 2015 and 2020, with dedicated broadband penetration rising to just over 42.0% and 625,000 subscriptions in 2020.
The Bahrain Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Bahrain'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 Bahrain 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 Bahrain.
Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Bahrain to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Bahraini telecoms market.
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