Kuwait ICT

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Chapter | Telecoms and IT from The Report: Kuwait 2012

Ever since Kuwait opened its mobile market to further competition by granting a licence to a third mobile operator, Viva, in 2008, competition has ratcheted up. However, while the number of mobile subscribers has also increased, from 4.09m in first-quarter 2010, to 4.59m registered users in 2011, operator revenues have declined. With tightening margins, mobile internet and value-added services...

Nestled between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in the northwest corner of the Gulf, Kuwait has been a leader of Arab democracy and one of the most liberal nations within the GCC since the country gained independence in 1961. Economically, the country also has a bright future, with strong public finances, a young and well-educated population and vast oil deposits.

With the highly competitive Kuwaiti telecoms market becoming increasingly saturated, the country’s three mobile operators are jostling for position. Central to all of their strategies is a greater focus on mobile data services.
Fixed-line telephone services in Kuwait are currently owned by the state, however, this may be set to change, according to recent statements by government officials. At the same time, the establishment of an independent regulatory agency for the communications sector is being considered. Both of these changes would dramatically affect the country’s internet service providers (ISPs), which have recently been subject to criticism from local internet users for their decision to implement “fair access” policies.

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