GCC firms' landline customers decrease

04 September 2008
GCC telecoms operators experienced a 6.9 per cent drop in the number of fixed-line customers in 2007 because people are increasingly giving up land lines and relying on mobile phones, says a report by Kuwait's Global Investment House.

The number of fixed-line connections at the end of 2007 was 5.4 million, compared with 5.8 million a year earlier.

The GCC fixed-line market is dominated by local monopolies.

Kuwait's Communications Ministry has a monopoly over fixed-line telecoms services there.

Among other markets, Batelco provides all fixed-line services in Bahrain, Omantel in Oman, Qtel in Qatar and Saudi Telecom in Saudi Arabia.

The UAE is the only market to have multiple operators. Fixed-line services there are provided by Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (Du) and Etisalat.

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