by John Peacock
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

by Marco Saviozzi
GMG brokers


IPTV flourishes in the GCC countries while the service is still in its early stages in the rest of the Arab world

February 27, 2014 10:05 am

Fourteen service providers in nine countries in the Arab World offered IPTV services by October 2013, up from eleven service providers in eight countries offering IPTV by year end 2011. As broadband adoption increases in the region, several operators in the Arab World have plans to implement IPTV in the near future. In the GCC countries; including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, FTTH expansion has triggered strong demand for Triple Play services.

A new report from Arab Advisors Group overviews the IPTV services in the Arab world by October 2013. IPTV is in its initial stage of penetration in the Arab World, and is still developing. Fourteen service providers in nine countries in the MENA region offer IPTV services. These countries are: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The adoption of IPTV is flourishing in the GCC countries in particular; by September 2013 STC managed to increase its IPTV subscription base by 76% over the corresponding period of 2012. The markets in UAE and Qatar also registered strong uptake of IPTV services; for example Ooredoo’s triple play accounts jumped from 31,873 by yearend 2010 to 88,398 by September 2013; a growth of 177%.

Reportedly, there are ongoing or planned projects by service providers and/or governments in six other countries, with the aim to upgrade the countries’ legacy networks and install fiber optics to facilitate offering services including IPTV in the near future. These countries are: Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.

“As broadband Internet adoption expands in the Arab world, IPTV becomes a viable option for entertainment. By October 2013, there were fourteen service providers in nine countries in the Arab World offering commercial IPTV services. Moreover, there are ongoing or planned projects by service providers and/or governments in six other countries”, Ms. Rawan Awwad, Arab Advisors’ Research Analyst wrote in the report.

“The competition among IPTV service providers within the same country pushes its offered features into frequent upgrades and improvements, which makes the user’s TV viewing experience more flexible and interactive”, Ms. Awwad added.

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has produced close to 3,845 reports on the Arab World’s communications and media markets.

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served 695 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients.

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