Market Research Reports, Inc. Syria's Telecoms Market Impacted by the Ongoing Civil War, Finds New Report

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of "Syria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts" research report to their offering.

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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/02/2013 -- Syria’s telecom sector continues to be impacted by the ongoing civil war. Reports include instances of information warfare, proposed sanctions against telecom companies, damage to telecoms infrastructure and loss of connectivity to the global Internet. The deteriorating situation is having an impact on market development with regulatory developments delayed. However given the utility nature of telecoms, services are likely to be restored once fighting ceases.

Fixed-line services remain the monopoly of state-owned Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE), which has upgraded its infrastructure to support delivery of broadband services. However the ongoing civil war has damaged infrastructure, resulting in the need for repairs.

Broadband subscriber data indicated strong growth although the ongoing civil war is likely to impact future growth prospects. Recognising the potential of applying ICT to improve both social and economic development, Syria has taken steps to develop a digital economy. E-government services are available, with a national e-government policy in place to guide developments. To support e-health development public funding has been made available for ICT equipment, software, pilot projects, skills training and scholarships. E-health initiatives also extend to the mobile sector (m-health), with m-health initiatives undertaken.

Syria’s mobile market is served by a duopoly comprised of two operators, MTN Syria and Syriatel. Both have been impacted by the ongoing civil war, with base stations taken out of commission. Mobile data services are becoming an increasingly important source of new revenue as the mobile voice market begins to mature. With 3G/HSPA implemented and network modernisation undertaken, the focus for mobile data is beginning to shift to mobile broadband offerings.

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