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Bahrain Telecommunications Report

Published 19 May 2014

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Bahrain Telecommunications Report

BMI View : Bahrain's telecoms market is rapidly moving towards high-value wireless and wireline data services, supported by the launch of 4G LTE network services and 100Mbps fibre broadband services in 20 13 an d early 2014 . As well as encouraging continued take-up of 3G and 4G, telecoms operators are increas ing their focus on improving subscriber mixes and bolstering their converged and value - added services portfolios in order to offset declining voice revenues and the impact of market saturation . We have a positive outlook for the take-up of higher-value services , based on the government's planned investment in a National Broadband Network and its expansionary policy, which will sustain high private consumption levels. However, year-end data for 2013 confirmed our view that strong growth in the mobile data market poses a downside risk to growth in the fixed broadband sector. 

Key Data

  • Bahrain's mobile market contracted by 0.6% in Q413, bringing the total number of subscriptions down to 2.21mn. This was a penetration rate of 165.9%, down 1pp q-o-q. 

  • Regulatory data showed exceptionally strong take-up of mobile data services in Q413, with the number of 3G and 4G subscriptions growing 19.3% during the quarter.

  • The impact of fixed-to-mobile substitution gained pace in Q413, as regulatory data showed net subscription losses of around 4,000 lines q-o-q. At the end of 2013 there were 251,000 fixed-line subscriptions, down from 261,000 a year earlier.

Risk/Reward Ratings

Bahrain's Risk/Reward score remained unchanged at 51.6 and it stayed ahead of Oman in sixth place on  BMI's Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings table. Bahrain's lowest score is in the industry risks category, which reflects strong state influence on the telecoms sector despite the existence of an independent telecoms regulator, and continued government ownership of the incumbent operator. Bahrain's highest score is in the country rewards category, as the country benefits...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
9
Mobile SWOT
9
Wireline SWOT
11
Political
13
Economic
14
Business Environment
15
Industry Forecast
16
Mobile
16
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts (Bahrain 2011-2018)
16
Wireline
18
Table: Telecoms Sector - Wireline - Historical Data & Forecasts (Bahrain 2011-2018)
18
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
20
Table: MENA Telecoms Risks/rewards ratings, Q314
23
Market Overview
24
Mobile
24
Regional Perspective
24
Table: Bahrain Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2013
25
Key Developments
25
Market Growth
26
Table: Bahrain Mobile Market
28
Market Shares
28
Subscriber Mix
29
Usage (MOU)/ARPU
30
Mobile Broadband
32
Networks
33
Mobile Content
35
Mobile Operator Data
37
Table: Market Overview
37
Table: Batelco
37
Table: Zain
38
Table: VIVA
39
Mobile Content
39
Wireline
43
Fixed-Line
43
Broadband
46
Industry Trends And Developments
52
Table: Selected Mobile and Wireline Contract Wins
53
Regulatory Development
54
Table: Bahrain Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
54
Regulatory Developments
56
Competitive Landscape
60
Table: Key Players: Bahrain Telecoms Sector
60
Table: Bahrain Financial Indicators (USDmn)
60
Company Profile
61
Batelco
61
Zain
66
Regional Overview
69
Table: OSN Recent Content Developments
70
Demographic Forecast
74
Table: Bahrain's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
75
Table: Bahrain's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
76
Table: Bahrain's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
77
Table: Bahrain's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
77
Glossary
78
Table: Glossary Of Terms
78
Methodology
80
Industry Forecast Methodology
80
Sources
81
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
82
Table: Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
83
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
84

The Bahrain Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'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.

Key Benefits

  • 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.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Bahrain's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Bahrain.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the ICT, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Telecommunications Business Environment Rankings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-Line Telephony - Telephone lines ('000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony - Mobile phone subscribers ('000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; mobile phone subscribers/100 fixed line subscribers.
  • Internet Markets - Internet users ('000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers ('000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data - Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout - Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and value-added handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content - The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators. Including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
  • Company Database - A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. The latest updates in the market's development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses.

The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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