Kuwait ICT

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In many respects, Kuwait has established itself as a telecoms innovator in the region, becoming the first GCC country to license a second mobile operator (in 1999) and thereafter overseeing a new era of competition in the mobile segment. The government continues to play a dominant role in the fixed-line sector and has yet to follow its regional...

In October 2012 the Kuwaiti Ministry of Communications (MoC) issued a decree authorising Kuwait’s three mobile providers to roll out their long-anticipated fourth-generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) high-speed data services. The nation’s increasingly data-hungry consumer base will have a much smoother experience streaming video on handsets and...

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.

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