Jawad Abbassi Ccas Symposium

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Arab Telecom and Media Markets:
-Telecoms Landscape in the Arab World
-An Overview of the Arab World’s Broadcast Industry.
-Some Primary Research Findings from Arab Advisors’ Major Surveys

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Jawad Abbassi Ccas Symposium

  1. 1. Arab Telecom and Media Markets Jawad Abbassi Founder, General Manager Center for Contemporary Arab Studies 2010 Annual Symposium Amman – March 22, 2010
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Telecoms Landscape in the Arab World </li></ul><ul><li>An Overview of the Arab World’s Broadcast Industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Primary Research Findings from Arab Advisors’ Major Surveys </li></ul>
  3. 3. Telecoms Landscape in the Arab World
  4. 4. Regulatory framework in the Arab World by March 2010 <ul><li>Notes: </li></ul><ul><li>Bahrain : Viva Bahrain, the third cellular operator in Bahrain, is launched its services on March 3, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt : The NTRA is planning to award a second fixed license but no specific date was yet set by the regulator. </li></ul><ul><li>Libya : - On February 16, 2009 the General Telecommunication Authority of Libya (GTA) announced its intention to grant one license for mobile and fixed services to a single privately owned operator to offer cellular and fixed services in Libya, the license is expected to be awarded before the end of the first half of 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>- GTA granted Aljeel Aljadid an integrated license, where it is able to provide all fixed, cellular (MVNO) and Internet services. Aljeel Aljadid is not operational yet. </li></ul><ul><li>- Aljeel Aljadid and Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) were granted MVNO licenses but they did not launch their services yet. </li></ul>Competitive  Competitive Duopoly Mauritania Competitive Duopoly Monopoly Lebanon Monopoly Duopoly Monopoly Libya Competitive Competitive Competitive Morocco Competitive Competitive Monopoly Kuwait Competitive Competitive Competitive Jordan Competitive Competitive Competitive Iraq Competitive Competitive Monopoly Egypt Competitive Duopoly Competitive Bahrain Competitive Competitive Monopoly Algeria Internet market Cellular market Fixed market Country
  5. 5. Regulatory framework in the Arab World by March 2010 (cont.) <ul><li>Notes: </li></ul><ul><li>Oman: The competitive landscape includes “Class 2” mobile reseller licensees (MVNOs). </li></ul><ul><li>Palestine : The two mobile operators, Jawwal and Wataniya, face unlicensed competition from four Israeli operators. </li></ul><ul><li>Qatar : Vodafone Qatar won the second fixed license but ictQATAR did not issue the license yet. Vodafone Qatar does not expect fixed line services to be fully operational until 2011 or 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Saudi Arabia: Etihad Atheeb (GO) launched fixed voice services over its WiMAX network in November 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Tunisia : Tunisie Orange Telecom has successfully test-launched its 2G/3G mobile telecommunications network on February 4, 2010. Orange Tunisie is expected to launch during the first half of 2010. </li></ul>Competitive BOT Duopoly Monopoly Syria Competitive Duopoly Monopoly Tunisia Duopoly Duopoly Duopoly UAE Duopoly Competitive Monopoly Yemen Competitive Competitive Duopoly Sudan Competitive Competitive Duopoly Saudi Arabia Monopoly Duopoly Monopoly Qatar Competitive Competitive Monopoly Palestine Monopoly Competitive Monopoly Oman Internet market Cellular market Fixed market Country
  6. 6. A Regional comparison - September 2009/end of 2009 Source: Arab Advisors Group * Estimated. ** These figures are for end of 2009 Lebanon: The fixed voice penetration is by end of November 2009. Bahrain: The fixed voice penetration includes Batelco and Mena Telecom only. Iraq: - The fixed voice penetration rate was reported by the Iraqi Ministry of Communications. - The cellular penetration rate includes the national operators only. Sudan: Cellular subscribers by H1 2009. Mauritania: Figures are given by the regulator. These figures are not final and might be subject to change. They will be final with the release of the annual report 25.6%** 151.1%** 17.5%** Qatar 10.6%* 83.1%* 10.8%* Algeria 9.9%** 36.1%** 5.9%** Yemen 51.3%** 205.5%** 31.9%** UAE 15.9%** 93.5%** 12.3%** Tunisia 17.6% 44.5% 18.9% Syria 34.9%* Sudan 33.5%** 165.5% 16.7% Saudi Arabia 11.1% 46.5%* 9.3%** Palestine 13.2%** 129.0% 9.4%** Oman 18.8%** 80.3%** 11.2%** Morocco 2.3% Mauritania 146.9%** 17.0%* Libya 30.3%** 57.2% 21.5% Lebanon 107.5% 15.3%* Kuwait 17.3%* 101.2%* 8.4%** Jordan 69.1%* 3.7%** Iraq 7.9%** 71.7% 12.4% Egypt 41.2%* 134.9% 20.9% Bahrain Internet users penetration % Cellular penetration % Fixed voice penetration % Country
  7. 7. Fixed lines and penetration rates by September/end of 2009 Notes: - Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Oman, Tunisia, Qatar, UAE and Yemen’s PSTN figures are by end of 2009. - Lebanon’s PSTN figures are by end of November 2009. - Bahrain’s PSTN figures include Batelco and Mena Telecom only. Source: Arab Advisors Group PSTN penetration % PSTN subscribers (000s)
  8. 8. Cellular lines and penetration rates by September/end of 2009 Note: Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen’s cellular figures are by end of 2009. Iraq’s cellular figures include the national operators only. Source: Arab Advisors Group Cellular penetration % Cellular subscribers (000s)
  9. 9. 34.4 million Internet users in the Arab World by end of 2008 of whom some 20-22 million are broadband users Internet Users (000s) Internet Users Penetration % Note: the bar charts portray the figures per country by end of 2008. Source: Arab Advisors Group
  10. 10. Arab Internet users by September/end of 2009 Internet users (000s) Internet users penetration % Note: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria’s Internet users figures are by September 2009. Source: Arab Advisors Group
  11. 11. Broadband accounts by end of 2009: Wireless broadband services increased broadband adoption Note: Saudi Arabia and Syria’s broadband accounts are by September 2009. * Includes wireless broadband accounts where data is available (WiMAX, 3.5G/HSPA, EVDO). Source: Arab Advisors Group
  12. 12. Broadband Internet in the Arab World by end of 2008: UAE, Bahrain and Qatar lead the broadband adoption Source: Arab Advisors Group and OECD broadband lines as % of total population 1 3 2
  13. 13. FTTH milestone in Abu Dhabi: Etisalat plans to achieve a 100% FTTH reach in the city <ul><li>By year-end 2009, Etisalat passed 692,000 households in the UAE with FTTH. </li></ul><ul><li>Etisalat’s plan is to connect over 1 million households by the year 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Etisalat’s broadband residential customers reached a total of 501,290 subscribers by end of Q3 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>du offers Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network to its customers living in most new real estate developments in new Dubai areas. </li></ul>
  14. 14. An Overview of the Arab World’s Broadcast Industry
  15. 15. Satellite Free-to-Air channels growth Note: The satellite systems included in the analysis are Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat. Source: Arab Advisors Group’s “ Satellite TV in the Arab World 2009” report 104 channels added
  16. 16. Fully launched and operational FTA satellite channels in October 2006, August 2007 and March 2009 Note: The satellite systems included in the analysis are Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat. Source: Arab Advisors Group’s “Satellite TV in the Arab World 2009” report 84 channels added
  17. 17. FTA Sat TV operational channels’ languages Source: Arab Advisors Group’s “Satellite TV in the Arab World 2009” report
  18. 18. Terrestrial channels growth Source: Arab Advisors Group’s “Terrestrial TV in the Arab World 2009” report 7 channels added
  19. 19. Radio stations growth 31 radio stations added Source: Arab Advisors Group’s “FM Radio in the Arab World 2009” report
  20. 20. The radio landscape transformed into almost a clean cut between private and state owned stations Source: Arab Advisors Group, March 2008
  21. 21. Some Primary Research Findings from Arab Advisors’ Major Media Surveys
  22. 22. Internet users have adopted online newspapers with zeal. Note: percentages are calculated from the total sample sizes of 355 for Saudi Arabia, 300 for UAE, 555 for Jordan and 3,348 for Egypt. Source: Arab Advisors Group’s Survey of Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Egypt (September 2009), Survey of Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Jordan (August 2009), Survey of Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Saudi Arabia and the UAE (April 2009)
  23. 23. 69.7% of Internet users in Egypt use the Internet as a source for getting daily and global news Note: Percentages are calculated from the total sample size (3,348) Source: A survey of Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Egypt , September 2009
  24. 24. 38.5% of Internet users in the UAE and Saudi Arabia use the Internet as a source for getting daily and global news Note: Percentages are calculated from the total sample size (655) Source: Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Saudi Arabia and the UAE April 2009
  25. 25. 44.1% of Internet users in Jordan use the Internet as a source for getting daily and global news Source: A survey of Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Jordan, August 2009 Note: Percentages are calculated from the total sample size (555)
  26. 26. TV viewing habits during Ramadan in UAE Note: Percentages are calculated from the 275 respondents whose TV watching habits change during Ramadan Source: Arab Advisors Group’s UAE Media Survey of Internet Users 2009
  27. 27. Google is the most used search engine among the UAE and Saudi’s respondents Note: Percentages are calculated from the total sample size of 655 Source: Internet Use and Online Advertising Consumption and Effectiveness in Saudi Arabia and the UAE Search engines used
  28. 28. Arab Advisors Group <ul><li>Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and </li></ul><ul><li>forecasts of Arab communications, media, technology and </li></ul><ul><li>financial markets markets. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation draws from close to 1,800 reports </li></ul><ul><li>published by Arab Advisors Group’s team. Proudly serving </li></ul><ul><li>close to 560 regional and global clients. </li></ul><ul><li>www.arabadvisors.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 962.6.5828849 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax : 962.6.5828809 </li></ul><ul><li>arabadvisors @arabadvisors.com </li></ul>

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