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Executive summary Signs of stabilisation in Syria may benefit the telecoms sectorThe civil war in Syria showed signs of stabilising in 2018 and this has raised hopes that infrastructure and economic reconstruction activities may begin. This can only be positive for the telecoms sector which has paid a heavy toll from the years of destruction. Telecommunications in Syria have become decentralized and some of the remote areas rely on expensive satellite communications while the urban areas utilise
Signs of stabilisation in Syria may benefit the telecoms sectorThe civil war in Syria showed signs of stabilising in 2018 and this has raised hopes that infrastructure and economic reconstruction activities may begin. This can only be positive for the telecoms sector which has paid a heavy toll from the years of destruction. Telecommunications in Syria have become decentralized and some of the remote areas rely on expensive satellite communications while the urban areas utilise the highly regulated network supplied by the government-owned Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). Initiatives have been launched to liberalise the market in the past but without much success.
Syria has a reasonably high mobile penetration and many Syrians own cheap or second hand smart phones. Opportunities may exist for mobile broadband growth in the medium-term and development of Syria?s fixed broadband may gather pace.
Syria?s mobile market is served by a duopoly comprised of two operators, MTN Syria and Syriatel. Prepaid services have been instrumental in encouraging mobile take up by the mass market. While mobile broadband infrastructure population coverage (based predominantly on 3G) is quite high, the number of actual mobile broadband subscriptions is very low ? providing potential opportunities for growth once infrastructure and economic reconstruction efforts make headway.
While some parts of Syria have been more seriously affected than others, there are reportedly around 13.5 million of Syria?s population who are in need and considered to be displaced - and 4.6 million of these are in besieged or difficult to areas.
The years of civil unrest in Syria have taken their toll on Syria?s telecommunications infrastructure and while the capital Damascus has survived reasonably well, it is the outskirts, rural and remote areas which have felt the brunt of the destruction.
The international aid network known as the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has been operating in Syria since 2013 and provides emergency Internet connectivity and telecommunications services.Companies covered in this report include:Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE), MTN Syria, Syriatel.
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 Market analysis
3.3 Market challenges
3.4 Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Syria
5. Fixed network operators in Syria
5.1 Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
8. Digital economy
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Mobile voice
9.4 Mobile broadband statistics
9.5 Regulatory issues
9.5.1 Third mobile licence
9.5.2 Current BOT contracts/Long term free hold licenses
9.6 Mobile infrastructure
9.6.4 Satellite mobile
10. Major mobile operators
10.1.2 MTN Syria
10.2 Mobile content and applications
11. Related reports
Table 1 ? Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Syria ? 2018
Table 2 ? GDP growth and inflation fluctuations ? 2005 ? 2018
Table 3 ? Syria - Fixed lines in service and teledensity ? 1995 - 2017
Table 4 ? Syria - percentage of Internet users ? 2010 - 2018
Table 5 ? Syria - fixed broadband subscriptions ? 2004 - 2018
Table 6 ? International Internet bandwidth ? 2004 - 2016
Table 7 ? Mobile subscribers and penetration rate ? 1999 - 2018
Table 8 ? Syria - Active mobile broadband subscriptions ? 2009 - 2018
Table 9 ? Syriatel ? Revenue ? 2008 ? 1H 2018
Table 10 ? MTN Syria Revenue and CAPEX ? 2016 ? 2017
Table 11 ? MTN Syria ? Subscribers and ARPU ? 2009 ? Q1 2018