New Study: Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q2 2015

New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report Q2 2015"

[USPRwire, Tue Apr 14 2015] The biggest growth area in Saudi Arabia's telecoms market is high-value services for corporate and individual customers. This view is supported by operators' financial and operational results which show a strong uptake of next generation mobile and wireline data services as well as convergence services. Mobile revenues, meanwhile, are likely to come under further pressure following the entry of the first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to the country. This is likely to erode ARPU's of the established operators further.

Key Data

* Mobile subscriptions will fluctuate, remaining between 49mn and 50mn for the duration of our 2015-2019 forecast period.
* The fixed-line market will continue to decline, falling to 4.73mn by 2019.
* Mobile broadband will drive the bulk of the broadband market's growth, pushing penetration to 67.5% by 2019.

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Key Trends And Developments

In early 2015, the regulator, CITC, announced a 40% mobile termination rate cut. A move that is bound to support Zain, the smallest operator in the Kingdom's mobile market that has yet to turn a profit since its start of operations in 2008. This move is likely to force competitive pressures on the two larger operators: Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily Ventures as they will have to compete harder to defend their market share.

The biggest development in recent years has been the entry of the first MVNO to the Saudi Arabian mobile market. On September 30, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA), part-owned by Virgin Group, launched telecoms services in Saudi Arabia. The operator has launched two brands, dubbed Virgin Mobile, aimed at the youth market, and Friendi Mobile, targeting Saudi Arabia's expatriate workers. This was followed by the entry of Lebara Mobile in December 2014.

Mobily is targeting start-ups in areas such as e-commerce, mobile financial services (MFS), digital advertising, digital content and entertainment, and IT and cloud services. Its first two...

The Saudi Arabia Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Saudi Arabia'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 Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia.

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