Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Bahrain demonstrates progress towards 5G readiness

Bahrain’s telecommunications industry is guided by its Fourth National Telecommunications Plan which focuses on fibre-optic infrastructure deployment and establishing affordable prices for high-speed access. It also includes high level strategies for 5G readiness and in 2018 this planning process took a step further with the establishment of a 5G working group, chaired by the telecommunications regulator.

Mobile penetration is high by regional standards although it did decline sharply in 2017 due to the SIM biometric registration that was introduced - along with the withdrawal of many of the unlimited packages offered by the operators.

Mobile data is growing faster than voice in Bahrain and it has well developed LTE networks, which also lay the foundation for future 5G deployment. In 2017 the first 5G trial for Bahrain was conducted.

Bahrain has deployed its own National Broadband Network (NBN) and in 2018 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) was developing a regulatory framework for the delivery of ubiquitous ultrafast broadband infrastructure.

Overall, Bahrain is demonstrating a high-level of telecoms maturity for the Middle East region. It offers a competitive environment which is well regulated and incorporates significant LTE infrastructure as well as a National Broadband Network.

Key developments:

  • Batelco announced the launch of the Batelco Gulf Network (BGN) in 2018.
  • In 2018 VIVA Bahrain acquired MENA Telecom.
  • In mid-2017 biometric SIM registration was introduced in Bahrain and a decline in mobile subscribers subsequently followed.
  • The first successful trial of 5G has been conducted in Bahrain and in 2018 a 5G Working Group was established.
  • Pre-paid mobile is beginning to decline as operators encourage consumers to use the more lucrative post-paid mobile subscriptions.
  • Companies covered in this report include:

Batelco, MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA), Kalaam Telecom, Noor-sat, Zain Bahrain, Viva Bahrain.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Market overview
      • 3.2.1 Market analysis
    • 3.3 Recent developments
    • 3.4 Regional Middle East market comparison
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Regulatory authority
    • 4.2 Overview
    • 4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bahrain
      • 4.3.1 First National Telecommunications Plan
      • 4.3.2 Second National Telecommunications Plan
      • 4.3.3 Third National Telecommunications Plan
      • 4.3.4 Fourth National Telecommunications Plan
      • 4.3.5 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) licences
    • 4.4 Interconnect
    • 4.5 Access
    • 4.6 Number portability
    • 4.7 Privatisation
    • 4.8 Mobile licenses
      • 4.8.1 Second mobile licence
      • 4.8.2 Third mobile licence
    • 4.9 Subscriber registration
      • 4.9.1 Prepaid subscriber registration
      • 4.9.2 SIM card verification
    • 4.10 Roaming tariff reduction
  • 5. Fixed network operators in Bahrain
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 Bahrain telecommunications company (Batelco)
    • 5.3 Alternative operators
      • 5.3.1 MenaTelecom (acquired by VIVA)
      • 5.3.2 Kalaam Telecom
      • 5.3.3 2Connect (revoked)
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 National telecom network
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
      • 6.2.1 Submarine/terrestrial cable networks
      • 6.2.2 Satellite networks
      • 6.2.3 Noor-sat (acquired by Eutelsat)
  • 7. Smart infrastructure
  • 8. Wholesaling
    • 8.1 Overview
  • 9. Broadband access market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Broadband statistics
      • 9.2.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • 9.3 Other fixed broadband services
      • 9.3.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
  • 10. Digital economy
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 Digital media
      • 10.2.1 Satellite TV
      • 10.2.2 Video-streaming
      • 10.2.3 Music streaming
  • 11. Mobile communications
    • 11.1 Market analysis
    • 11.2 Mobile statistics
      • 11.2.1 General statistics
    • 11.3 Mobile voice
      • 11.3.1 Prepaid
    • 11.4 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 11.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 11.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
      • 11.5.2 Digital networks
      • 11.5.3 5G
    • 11.6 Major mobile operators
      • 11.6.1 Batelco
      • 11.6.2 Zain Bahrain
      • 11.6.3 Viva Bahrain / STC Bahrain
    • 11.7 Mobile handsets
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2018
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2018
  • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2018
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2018
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 6 – Bahrain - GDP and inflation – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Telecom sector revenue – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue breakdown – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Accepted cumulative mobile number portability requests – 2011 – 1H 2017
  • Table 10 – Batelco revenue for Group and Bahrain – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Historical - Batelco Group revenue by division - 2005 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 – 2004
  • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Internet users and penetration estimates - 2011 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Fixed broadband subscribers –2012 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Fixed broadband – market share of technologies - 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
  • Table 18 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Bahrain total prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Retail mobile market revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Mobile ARPS – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 – Q3 2017
  • Table 23 – Global - frequency bands under consideration for 5G deployment
  • Table 24 – Batelco total group mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Zain Bahrain – revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX and ARPU - 2005 – 9M 2017
  • Table 26 – Zain Bahrain – market share of data revenues – 2015 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Middle East - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Middle East – fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Pre-paid subscriber growth – 1999 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Middle East - Key characteristics of telecoms markets by country
  • Exhibit 1 – Bahrain – National fixed voice services operators
  • Exhibit 3 – Historical overview of Mena Telecom
  • Exhibit 4 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation

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