Revealed: how mobile phone services dominate UAE telco revenues

New report says mobile phone services account for over 80% of revenues for Etisalat and du so far in 2018
By Sam Bridge
Sat 21 Jul 2018 12:20 AM

The number of subscribers to telecommunications services in the UAE - via mobile phones, landlines and the internet - rose to around 24 million during the first five months of 2018, up by around 2 percent compared to the end of 2017.

According to the latest statistics issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), all sectors registered growth since the start of 2018, highlighting the availability of services offered by Etisalat and du.

It said mobile phone services accounted for over 80 percent of the revenue of telecommunications operators while the rest of the revenues came from other services, such as data, the internet and landlines.

The number of mobile phone penetration increased from 226 to 230 lines per 100 subscribers while for landlines, this figure reached 26.4 lines for the same number of residents and around 15.3 lines per 100 subscribers for broadband internet services.

The statistics also showed an increase in the number of mobile phone subscribers to 20.2 million at the end of May 2018, a growth of around 2 percent compared to December 2017.

The number of pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 16.891 million at the end of May, an increase of 350,000 compared to the end of 2017 while the number of post-paid mobile phone subscriptions rose to 3.3 million.

The total number of internet subscriptions reached 1.3 million at the end of May, with broadband services accounting for 99.9 percent of these subscriptions.

The total number of landlines reached 2.3 million at the end of May, which is the same number registered in 2017.

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Last Updated: Sat 21 Jul 2018 12:23 AM GST

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