Qatar has exceeded its own expectations within its telecom sector, as it takes in further expanding data demands imposed on local telcos throughout the pandemic, resulting in a shift to empower telecom services.
Both in-house telcos Vodafone Qatar and Ooredoo Qatar migrated their infrastructures to 5G networks due to the expanded global availability of LTE networks. By integrating its grounded fiber rollout, the country is seeking to nationally roll out gigabit services.
While COVID-19 majorly affected global production and supply chain, the upcoming year will probably hold remittances of collateral damage onto the telecom sector on many levels, resulting in a downturn in producing mobile devices.
In parallel, securing a reliable environment to preserve and empower existing infrastructure might also hold some difficulties for network operators to sustain their telcos workflow.
As for consumers, the integration between spending on telecom services and devices is faced with high-end pressure from a financial aspect due to the substantial rate of job losses and the preceded restrictions on disposable incomes.
Yet, the critical role of telecom services, whether from a general communication aspect or as a method to work from home, will counterfeit these imposed financial pressures. Heightened subscriber growth will subsequently affect the market’s revenue growth.
As for regulators, it is still hard to pinpoint the long-term outcome the pandemic has on Qatar’s telecom industry. However, operators, governmental agencies, alongside regulatory presence, will maintain the sustainability of telecom services to their citizens.