Mobile phone use in the Arab world
July 31st, 2006

“Mobile phone use in the Arab world surged 70 per cent in 2005, boosted by lower prices due to more competition, a study said yesterday”,this Gulf Daily News article says.”The study by Dubai-based Madar Research said mobile phone subscriptions in Arab countries jumped to 87.06 million by the end of 2005 from 51.19m at end-2004, equivalent to a pan-Arab penetration rate of 28 percent”.The study “said the fastest growing markets were in Yemen and Sudan, with the lowest growth in more mature markets in the six Gulf Arab states, which have the highest rates of penetration.Growth in subscriptions in the Gulf was around 38 percent, while subscriptions in North Africa (excluding Egypt), with the second highest penetration, grew almost 86pc.Growth was 83 percent in the region grouping Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.The study said mobile telephones were replacing unreliable or insufficient fixed line service in many Arab countries”.

Arab mobile use up 70pc

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