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Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Kuwait 2013

With the introduction of 4G, the highly competitive telecoms market is likely to see growing use of smartphones and data services. The future development of the sector would be greatly aided by a new telecoms law and the emergence of an independent regulator. The need for this is clear and the Ministry of Communications has a plan to address this. In IT, state spending remains the primary growth...

Oil production retains its key role in the economy, however plans are under way to encourage diversification away from hydrocarbons towards an economy that is more knowledge based. The political climate has been characterised of late by a number of disputes, often resulting in either the resignation of the government or the dissolution of parliament, which has contributed to the slow progress of some projects. 

Limited uptake of new technology has had an impact on economic development in Kuwait, according to a recent report.
The launch of 4G long-term evolution (LTE) services in Kuwait has sparked a wave of increased activity among mobile operators as they move to attract new business in what is already a fiercely competitive telecoms market.
In recent weeks, the Ministry of Communications (MoC) has ordered Kuwait’s internet service providers (ISPs) to reduce their pricing by at least 40%. While this move could boost the number of users, some industry participants say that it is the ageing, government-owned, fixed-line communications infrastructure and lack of a clear regulatory framework – and not elevated pricing – that is limiting market expansion.
Kuwait is moving to bring its information technology (IT) infrastructure in line with its neighbours by improving services, the network and the regulatory environment that governs the sector.