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Singapore, France, Brazil and Qatar Telecommunications Report Q4 2015 Market Report; Launched via

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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/17/2015 -- Premium products are services that will further drive the development of Singapore's telecommunications market. We believe 4G and fibre-optic technology will power this growth as consumers increasingly demand more complex, bandwidth-intensive rich media services. With most citizens now online, the digital services sector generates high levels of turnover. It is not surprising, therefore, that at least two companies have expressed interest in the country's fourth mobile licence. A cost-focused new entrant would disrupt the market and existing players - SingTel, M1 and StarHub - will need to consider carefully their medium-term investment strategies and look for new revenue streams they can leverage using existing assets.

Key Data:
- We forecast Singapore's mobile sector will grow by about 1.5% annually between 2015 and 2019, owing to the high penetration and a shift in operators' strategies.
- 4G subscribers reached 3.476mn in Q115, growing by 46.1% over the year, while 3G declined by 1.361mn.
- The number of fixed lines reached 1.001mn in Q215 and we forecast the number of subscribers to decline to 1.898mn in 2019.

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France has four fully converged operators offering fixed and mobile services to customers in the market. As it becomes saturated, operators will look to expend their premium services offers, as a way to increase revenues by upselling them to their customer base. A short-term focus will be on lowering churn, which is helped by the increased penetration of quad-play customers, with investments into new advanced technologies such as LTE and fibre also of importance. Moving ahead, operators will be looking to add a series of connected devices to their high-end customers, such as connected homes or connected cars, as a way to retain and improve profitability where customer growth declines. We also believe that consolidation will return to the agenda following the December 2015 auction for the 700MHz band, which will create clear winners and losers in the market.

Key Data
- 60.7% of postpaid subscribers were on SIM-only plans as of June 2015 according to regulator Arcep.
- FTTX susbcriptions passed the 1mn mark for the first time in Q115, but DSL remains the main technology.
- 68.7% of TV subscribers have a bundled plan with broadband, with 23% of mobile users being quad-play subscribers.

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We expect to see a number of wide ranging acquisitions within the Brazilian telecommunications sector leading to further consolidation this year and in 2016. The three largest operators: Oi, Claro and Telefonica's Vivo are reportedly considering a bid for TIM. Furthermore, Anatel, the regulator, just approved Telefonica's purchase of French Vivendi's GVT for EUR4.6bn. BMI believes that the Brazilian mobile and fixed markets will be expanding and spectrum auctions will add growth to the 3G and 4G markets, especially as the major operators begin to invest heavily into infrastructure development.

Key Data
- Anatel reported 280.732mn mobile subscribers in 2014, up 0.8% from 278.482mn in Q314 and 2.1% year-on-year (y-o-y).
- Strong broadband subscription growth continued, with total wireline subscriptions reaching 20.882mn at the end of September 2013, up from 18.591mn a year earlier.
- M2M connections reached 9.9mn at the end of 2014, up by6.2% y-o-y. This figure had increased from 9.1mn in June 2014.

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Qatar benefits from a wealthy population which drives the demand for advanced data services, and a large migrant community which is a factor for growth. Operators have to cater to both segments, with the profitability coming from the former. High ARPU is underpinned by the uptake of LTE and fibre services in the country, as well as multiple-SIM ownership through multiple-device ownership (smartphone, tablet, dongle). This requires a high level of investment to meet demand and ensure a strong quality of service, especially on LTE networks. This gives the incumbent an advantage, as its rival has not made a profit in the market since launching in 2009.

Key Data
- The mobile market continues to grow, reaching 4.393mn in Q215, despite a strong dominance of prepaid services and a penetration rate of 186.9%
- Ooredoo has been successful with its launch of fibre services, reaching 236,000 connections in Q215 for 64.2% of its total fixed customer base.

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