The UAE’s telecommunication market has shown tremendous growth over the recent past

mainly propelled by the government initiatives aimed at the deregulation of the market and introduction of competition. The TRA (Telecommunication Regulatory Authority)
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Nov. 29, 2008 - PRLog -- mainly propelled by the government initiatives aimed at the deregulation of the market and introduction of competition. The TRA (Telecommunication Regulatory Authority) ( remains at the forefront of the success of the country’s telecom sector. It is continuously considering and evaluating ways to further intensify competition in the UAE telecom market.

Penetration in the mobile market surpassed 166% in 2007, leaving less room for operators to further take advantage of the market. But this is not the end of growth; future growth in mobile subscriptions will come from growing population and increasing number of expatriates, says RNCOS in its new research report, “Booming UAE Telecom Sector”. Moreover, operators are now looking at Value Added Services (VAS) to derive revenues from saturated mobile market.

However, the fixed-line sector remains underdeveloped, with fixed-line penetration standing at just over 30% in 2007. Various factors, such as high tariffs and absence of fixed-line networks, have been hindering the growth of the country’s fixed-line market. But the recent announcement by the TRA to allow Carrier Pre-Selection (CPS) in the country could bring fruitful results in this sector.

In line with the increasing education and business in the region, the demand for Internet services has also increased in recent years. Although dial-up subscriptions currently dominates the Internet market, we project broadband subscribers to account for nearly 65% of Internet subscribers in coming few years.

Developments in all the sectors of ICT industry has heated up the competition in the region. So operators are seeking new sources of growth to capitalize on their share of the market. This is resulting into introduction of new technologies such as IPTV, VoIP, Mobile TV, etc. Operators in the region are aggressively pushing the deployment of network infrastructure suitable for these technologies.

“Booming UAE Telecom Sector” provides in-depth analysis of the telecommunication market in the UAE. It gives an insight into the current market trends dominating the market. This research report also gives industry forecast on various telecom segments based on feasible telecom industry environment in the UAE. These include telecommunication industry, fixed-line, mobile subscribers, Internet subscribers, broadband subscribers and 3G subscribers.

The research presents thorough analysis on the current and potential outlook of various emerging technologies, such as IPTV and Mobile TV in the UAE.

As the telecom market remains duopoly of Etisalat and du, the report, keeping in mind importance of these two players in the success of UAE telecom market, offers rational analysis on both these operators. This includes in-depth research and extensive analysis on their business activities, recent developments and SWOT analysis in regard to the UAE telecom industry.

Table of Contents :

1. Analyst View

2. Research Methodology

3. Industry Overview

4. Strength & Weakness Analysis

5. Industry Attractions
5.1 Transformation into ‘Knowledge-based Society’
5.2 Increasing Foreign Investment
5.3 Rapidly Developing ICT Infrastructure
5.4 Huge Domestic Demand
5.5 Rising Consumer Awareness

6. Industry Performance & Future Outlook
6.1 Mobile
6.2 Fixed-line
6.3 Internet & Broadband
6.4 Upcoming Growth Areas
6.4.1 3G
6.4.2 WiMAX
6.4.3 Mobile TV
6.4.4 IPTV

7. Major IT Destinations
7.1 Dubai Internet City
7.2 Dubai Knowledge Village
7.3 Dubai Outsourcing Zone

8. TRA - The Government Regulator

9. Competitive Landscape
9.1 Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat)
9.1.1 Business Overview
9.1.2 Recent Developments
9.1.3 SWOT Analysis
9.2 Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)
9.2.1 Business Overview
9.2.2 Recent Developments
9.2.3 SWOT Analysis

List of Figures:
Figure 3-1: UAE - Forecast for Telecom Market (in Billion AED), 2008 & 2012
Figure 6-1: UAE - Number of Mobile Subscribers (in Million), 2005-2007
Figure 6-2: UAE - Share of Prepaid & Postpaid Mobile Subscribers (%), 2007
Figure 6-3: UAE - Mobile Subscribers by Operator (%), 2007

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