|[January 02, 2013]
Research and Markets: Bahrain Telecommunications Report Q1 2013
DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/scn443/bahrain)
has announced the addition of the "Bahrain
Telecommunications Report Q1 2013" report to their offering.
Bahrain's mobile market recorded a marginal growth in Q212, a sign of
increasing saturation in the voice segment. However, strong growth of
mobile broadband subscriptions supports our view that data services are
the next growth frontier for the telecoms markets. We expect the
country's three mobile operators, and perhaps one or more new entrants,
to take advantage of this opportunity with the development of 4G/LTE (News - Alert)
services after the expected allocation of frequencies in early 2013.
- Mobile growth in Q212, at just 0.6% q-o-q, was the slowest in five
- Bahrain's mobile ARPU edged up by around 10% as a result of growing
mobile data usage.
- Postpaid subscriptions continue to rise, albeit it at a slower pace
than prepaid subscriptions, as operators shift their strategy towards
boosting high-value subscriptions on their networks.
Key Trends And Developments
Bahrain's telecoms market is moving rapidly towards data-centric,
high-value services as operators attempt to offset revenue shortfall
from traditional voice services. This trend is reflected by operators'
product development and network investment strategies. In September
2012, Zain (News - Alert) Bahrain announced plans to invest US$100mn in the latter part
of 2012 and in 2013 to upgrade its network and build a new datacentre.
This followed the launch of cloud computing services by incumbent
operator Batelco in Q312.
Batelco's launch of infrastructure-management-as-a-service (IMaaS) is
part of the company's wider cloud computing strategy. Meanwhile, the
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has reiterated its
intention to allocate 4G/LTE spectrum in early 2013, a situation that
improves the outlook for advanced mobile services in the country.
- Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco)
- Zain (Formerly MTC Bahrain)
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