- 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 grew 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.
This quarter 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 from...
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
CoverageBMI Industry View
- 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).
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 Ratings
BMI's Telecommunications Business Environment Ratings provides a country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index aimed at investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) in the regional telecoms market.
The ratings 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.
Market Data Analysis
- 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.
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).
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.
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, we expect telecoms operators to increase 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.