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Israel Telecommunications Report

Published 11 November 2013

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Israel Telecommunications Report

BMI Industry View

BMI View : The Israeli government's decision to force incumbent operator Bezeq to open wholesale access to its wireline infrastructure will catalyse investment and growth in the country's broadband sector. This will create much needed growth opportunities for mobile operators and ensure the telecoms market can keep up with the demands of Israel's vibrant IT market.

Key Data

  • Mobile subscriptions declined by 0.3% y-o-y in the 12 months to June 2014. This was a total net subscription loss of 28,000.

  • The rate of decline of the market share weighted average ARPU accelerated in H114, with a decline of 6.1% compared to a decline of 4.7% in FY13.

  • The fixed telephony and fixed broadband markets recorded mixed fortunes in FY13, with a contraction in the former and positive growth in former.

Key Trends & Developments

Under Israel's existing regulatory framework, two companies,  Bezeq and  Hot Telecom are licensed broadband infrastructure providers, while several other companies such as  Cellcom-owned  012 Smile and  Partner CommunicationsNetvision are only licensed to provide broadband access services. This regulatory framework has discouraged investment and competition in the broadband market. Without licences to build and operate their own infrastructure and without regulation forcing down wholesale access costs, there have been few commercially viable ways for alternative service providers to challenge Bezeq and Hot with competitively priced broadband offerings. However, new regulations announced in November 2014 forcing Bezeq to open wholesale access to its DSL infrastructure will catalyse competition and open new growth opportunities for Israel's struggling mobile operators and their fixed-line and broadband subsidiaries.

Israeli mobile operators  PelephonePartner Communications and Cellcom all launched limited 4G networks between mid-July and early August 2014. Cellcom and Partner have re-farmed existing spectrum in...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
5
SWOT Analysis
6
Israel Mobile Industry SWOT
6
Israel Fixed-Line/Internet SWOT
6
Israel Political SWOT
7
Israel Economics SWOT
8
Israel Business Environment SWOT
8
Business Environment
9
Middle East And North Africa
9
MENA Telecom Risk/Reward Ratings, Q113
13
Israel
13
Industry Forecast Scenario
16
Mobile
16
Table: Mobile Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017
16
ARPU
18
Table: Telecoms Sector - ARPU - Historical Data & Forecasts
18
Fixed-Line
20
Table: Fixed-Line Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017
20
Internet
21
Table: Internet Data And Forecasts, 2010-2017
21
Market Overview
23
Mobile
23
Regional Perspective
23
Table: Heading: Israel Mobile Market Regional Comparisons, 2011
23
Key Developments
24
Mobile Growth
25
Table: Israeli Wireless Market, Q212
26
Usage (ARPU)
28
3G
29
MVNOs
31
Mobile Content
32
Mobile Operator Data
34
Table: Israel Mobile Market Overview
34
Table: Cellcom
34
Table: Partner
35
Table: Pelephone
37
Table: MIRS
38
Mobile Content
39
Regional Overview
39
Fixed Line
43
Table: Bezeq-s Operating Statistics, 2005-Q212
45
Broadband
46
Table: Bezeq-s ADSL Indicators, 2007 - Q212
47
Industry Trends & Developments
48
Regulatory Environment
49
Israel: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
49
Legislation And Market Liberalisation
49
Regulation
50
Regulatory Developments
50
Competitive Landscape
53
Table: Key Players In Israel-s Telecommunications Sector
53
Table: Telecoms Operators- Revenues And Other Information, 2007-2011
53
Company Profiles
54
Bezeq/Pelephone
54
Partner Communications
57
Regional Overview
60
Vendor Profile: Alcatel-Lucent
60
Table: Alcatel-Lucent - Quarterly Breakdowns Of Revenue By Segments, 2011-2012 (EURmn)
60
Demographic Forecast
65
Table: Israel's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
66
Table: Israel's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
67
Table: Israel's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
68
Table: Israel's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
68
Glossary Of Terms
69
Table: Glossary Of Terms
69
BMI Methodology
70
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
70
Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts
70
Telecoms Business Environment Ratings
72
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
72
Table: Ratings Indicators
73
Weighting
74
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
74
Sources
74

The Israel Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Israel'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 Israel 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 Israel.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Israel to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Israeli telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Israel's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Israel.
  • 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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