Mobile phone services, most affordable in GCC

ITU states Qatar and UAE are fifth and sixth most affordable countries
Mobile phone services, Most affordable in GCC


Mobile phone services in the GCC are among the most affordable in the world, according to a ITU report.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) "Measuring the Information Society" report states Qatar and UAE are fifth and sixth most affordable countries in the world, with regards to monthly pre-paid mobile phone services costing less than 0.3% of gross national income per capita (0.26 and 0.28, respectively) Kuwait (0.39%), Oman (0.43%), Saudi Arabia (0.65%) and Bahrain (0.73%) are in the top 26 of the 166 countries analysed by the report.

On a raw costs basis, UAE and Oman also were among the cheapest in the world, at $9.06 and $9.11, respectively.

The report identifies a group of 'most dynamic countries', which have recorded above-average improvements in their ICT Development Index (IDI) rank over the past 12 months. These include (in order of most improved): UAE, Fiji, Cape Verde, Thailand, Oman, Qatar, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Georgia. Denmark ranked first on this index followed by the Republic of Korea. 

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