Operators rang in mobile revenues to tune of AED17.7bn last year
TRA says telecommunications sector plays ‘extremely important role’ in the UAE economy
Revenue generated from mobile services such as voice calls and text messages in the United Arab Emirates reached close to AED 18 billion last year, according to a new market report by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
The Annual Market Review report by the TRA summarised the state of the fixed, mobile and data telecommunication markets in the UAE for the years 2007 - 2009, covering the period Du brought competition to the field.
Based on TRA's estimates, Du's entry resulted in a significant decrease in service prices - up to 75% reductions in prices of international calls made from a fixed line and a 65% reduction when made from a mobile phone, including a 65% reduction in subscription charges for mobile phone services.
The report also revealed that India, Pakistan, Egypt and Philippines represent 51% of the total outgoing international traffic for both fixed and mobile lines.
"The TRA is committed to promoting transparency in the UAE telecommunication sector. The first Annual Market Review covering the years 2007-2009 is the most comprehensive market review the TRA has published and with the TRA intending to update the Review on an annual basis it will be an important document for informing key stakeholders and the general public of the state of growth of the sector in the UAE," commented H.E. Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA in the UAE.
The telecommunication sector contributed 4.9 % to the country's GDP last year. Revenues generated from mobile services alone increased by 3% in 2009 from AED 17.3 billion to AED 17.7 billion. The services include voice, SMS, MMS, subscriptions, SIM renewals, outbound roaming, directory inquiries, mobile data installation/connection and mobile data usage.
In 2007, revenue from mobile services were only a little over AED 13 billion.