Bahrain Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report

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Bahrain Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Overview

The total Telecom service revenue in Bahrain will increase at a CAGR of more than 6% supported by revenue growth in the mobile data and fixed broadband segments. The revenue growth can also be attributed to the telecom regulator’s National Telecommunications Plan and Bahrain Broadband Network initiatives aimed at increasing international connectivity and building a nationwide fiber-optic broadband network to provide affordable high-speed internet access across the country.

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Outlook, 2023-2028 ($ Billion)

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Outlook, 2023-2028 ($ Billion)

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The ‘Bahrain Telecom Operators Country Intelligence report provides an executive-level overview of the telecom services market in Bahrain today, with detailed forecasts of key indicators up to 2028. Published annually, the report provides a detailed analysis of the near-term opportunities, competitive dynamics, and evolution of demand by service type and technology/platform across the fixed telephony, broadband, mobile, and markets, as well as a review of key regulatory trends.

Market Size 2023 $517 million
CAGR > 6%
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Telecom Service Segment Mobile Services, Fixed Voice Services and Fixed-Broadband Services
Leading Companies Zain Bahrain, STC Bahrain, Batelco
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Bahrain Telecom Services Market Regulatory Highlights

TRA published the NTP6, aimed at establishing a comprehensive framework for the telecom sector during 2023-2026.  The NTP6 is aimed at national and international connectivity, gigabit speeds, fiber-optic network coverage, improved user experience, mobile market development, regulatory support, and attracting new digital/technology players to create an innovative ecosystem and digitally transform the telecom sector in Bahrain.

Bahrain Telecom Services ESG Highlights

In collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Global Program on Child Online Protection, the TRA has conducted training sessions for over 300 educators across Bahrain, helping them develop skills to recognize and mitigate cyber threats.

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Analysis by Service

  • Mobile Services
  • Fixed Services

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Share by Service, 2023-2028 (%)

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Share by Service, 2023-2028 (%)

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Mobile Services Market in Bahrain– Deep Dive

Postpaid services accounted for the majority share of total mobile subscriptions in 2023 and will remain the dominant service category through 2028, supported by the increasing adoption of M2M/IoT services.

Average monthly mobile voice usage in Bahrain will decline during 2023-2028 with subscribers shifting to OTT-based communication solutions.

The Bahrain telecom services market research report offers mobile services segment coverage on the following KPIs:

  • Mobile subscription penetration and subscription by device type
  • Mobile subscriptions by payment type, mobile subscriptions by technology generation, 2022-2028
  • Data usage and traffic
  • Mobile ARPU by payment type and service revenue by type

Fixed Services Market in Bahrain- Deep Dive

Fixed broadband lines will grow at a CAGR of more than 8% supported by subscription gains in the fiber segment, and governments’ fiber network expansion efforts.

The Bahrain telecom services market research report offers fixed services segment coverage on the following KPIs:

  • Fixed service penetration and subscription
  • Fixed voice telephony by technology, fixed broadband lines by technology
  • Fixed ARPU and Service revenue by service type

Bahrain Telecom Services Market - Competitive Landscape

Zain Bahrain led the mobile segment in 2023, its leadership in the mobile segment is supported by its focus on mobile network expansion and modernization.

Leading Telecom Companies in Bahrain

  • Batelco
  • Zain Bahrain
  • STC Bahrain

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Share by Companies, 2023 (%)

Bahrain Telecom Services Market Share by Companies, 2023 (%)

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The country intelligence report provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

  • The demographic and macroeconomic context in Bahrain.
  • The regulatory environment and trends: A review of the regulatory setting and agenda for the next 18-24 months as well as relevant developments about spectrum licensing, national broadband plans, tariff regulation, and more.
  • Telecom services market outlook: Analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of service revenue from fixed telephony, broadband, mobile voice, and mobile data.
  • The competitive landscape: An examination of the positioning of leading players in the telecom services market as well as subscription market shares across segments.
  • Company snapshots: Analysis of the financial position of leading service providers in the telecommunications market.
  • Underlying assumptions behind our published base-case forecasts, as well as potential market developments that would alter, either positively or negatively, our base-case outlook.

Reasons to Buy

  • This country intelligence report offers a thorough, forward-looking analysis of Bahrain’s telecommunications markets, service providers, and key opportunities in a concise format to help executives build proactive and profitable growth strategies.
  • Accompanying GlobalData’s Forecast products, the report examines the assumptions and drivers behind ongoing and upcoming trends in Bahrain’s mobile communications, fixed telephony, and broadband markets, including the evolution of service provider market shares.
  • With more than 20 charts and tables, the report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality.
  • The report provides an easily digestible market assessment for decision-makers built around in-depth information gathered from local market players, which enables executives to quickly get up to speed with the current and emerging trends in Bahrain’s telecommunications markets.
  • The broad perspective of the report coupled with comprehensive, actionable detail will help operators, equipment vendors, and other telecom industry players succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in Bahrain.

STC Bahrain
Zain Bahrain
Kalaam Telecom

Table of Contents

1. Market highlights

  • Key takeaways, Country Telecom Market Snapshot 2023-2028, revenue CAGR and penetration by service type, 2023 penetration in regional context

2. Operating Environment

  • Economic outlook (Population, GDP, CPI, and Exchange rate)
  • GlobalData country risk index (GCRI) Q3 2023
  • Country risk analysis – Bahrain compared to the AME and the world.
  • Regulatory context, highlights, Sixth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP6), Bahrain Broadband Network (BNET), and spectrum auction
  • ESG context

3. Telecom services market outlook

  • Total telecom services revenue by category, 2022-2028
  • FX Impact on Total telecom services revenue by category

4. Mobile services market

  • Mobile subscription penetration and subscription by device type
  • Mobile subscriptions by payment type and Mobile subscriptions by technology generation, 2022-2028
  • Data usage & traffic
  • Mobile ARPU by payment type and Service revenue by type

5. Fixed services market

  • Fixed service penetration and subscription
  • Voice telephony lines by technology, fixed broadband lines by technology
  • Fixed ARPU and service revenue by service type

6. Competitive landscape and company snapshots

7. Mobile Subscription Market Share by Service Area

8. Product portfolios and positioning, service offerings by service provider, 2023

  • Company snapshot: Zain Bahrain
  • Company snapshot: Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco)
  • Company snapshot: STC Bahrain

9. Appendix

  • Baseline forecast assumptions.
  • Data tables
  • Glossary
  • Research Methodology
  • Contact us.

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