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This is an update of the Qatar market, covering mobile, fixed broadband, TV, operator initiatives, consumer market trends, and regulation. It includes subscriptions and revenue forecasts for mobile and fixed broadband.


  • Qatar’s telecom sector market has a highly developed mobile sector, and among the Middle Eastern countries it has the highest mobile penetration after Kuwait, with a subscription count of 4.08 million at end-2017. However, overall mobile penetration declined by 17% from 2016 due to changing population mix, deactivated SIM cards, and SIM cancellations because of noncompliance with the registration process.
  • Operators in Qatar are preparing for an early 5G launch. Ovum expects Ooredoo to launch 5G commercially in Qatar by end-2018. In February 2018, Ooredoo achieved throughput speed of 2.3Gbps with 3.5ms latency in Qatar using 3.5GHz spectrum. Earlier in the year, Ooredoo rolled out 4G+ in Myanmar and launched 3G services in the West Bank and has collaborated with Nokia and ZTE for 5G deployments in the region.
  • Despite the prevalence of FTA, the pay-TV sector in Qatar is strong. It will reach 71% household penetration by end-2022, primarily through an expansion of IPTV services, plus improved infrastructure and faster broadband. Pay-TV revenues were $35m at end-2017. In most of the region, revenue comes mainly from DTH; in Qatar's developed IPTV market slightly more than 55% of revenues are from IPTV. Ovum forecasts IPTV revenue to rise to $31m by 2022.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses Qatar's ICT market.
  • Evaluates the mobile, fixed, and TV industries in Qatar

Key questions answered

  • Who are the market leaders in the fixed and mobile markets?
  • How will revenues grow in the next five years?
  • What are the market shares of the key players?
  • What are the major operator initiatives in Qatar?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Qatar Update, May 2018