Yemen’s vibrant cellular market will reach 10.5 million subscribers by end of 2012, a cellular penetration rate of 42.4%
Press Release from Arab Advisors Group Edited by AC.
The entrance of a fourth cellular operator in December 2007 has enhanced growth and competition in the Yemeni cellular market. A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyzes the Yemeni communications markets.
Yemen’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MTIT) regulates the country’s telecommunications market. The ministry is in charge of collecting operator’s license fees. The Government of Yemen also fully owns and directly oversees the operations of the monopoly fixed line operator, Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), and owns a controlling stake in the CDMA cellular operator, Yemen Mobile, through the PTC.
The Arab Advisors Group projects Yemen’s mainlines to reach 1.432 million lines by end of 2012 with a penetration rate of 5.76%. This corresponds to a CAGR of 7.1% between 2008 and 2012. This growth is expected to be mainly through the PTC’s efforts to provide fixed line services in the rural areas of Yemen.
The report -which has 61 pages and 51 detailed exhibits- analyzes the communications markets in Yemen and presents detailed profiles of all the major operators including PTC (Public Telecommunications Company), TeleYemen, Sabafon, MTN Yemen, Yemen Mobile, and “Y”. The report also provides 5-years historical and 5-years projections for many telecom and demographic indicators in the country.
“The Arab Advisors Group projects Yemen’s cellular lines to continue its healthy growth. With the entry of the fourth cellular operator in Yemen, the Arab Advisors Group projects Yemen’s cellular market to grow at a CAGR of 15.7% from 2008 to 2012, reaching 10.537 million subscribers (a cellular penetration rate of 42.4%) up from 4.437 million by end of 2007.” Hussam Barhoush, Arab Advisors senior research analyst of Arab Advisors Group wrote in the report.
AC comment: It is worth mentioning that all Arabs decent from Yemen.