A new report from the Arab Advisors Group analysed the telecom market landscape in 18 Arab countries and points out that Palestine and Yemen are not offering 3G services yet.
The markets of Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman are regional leaders in ICT infrastructure and adoption of telecom services, according to the report. Relatively high income levels, coupled with focused and savvy operators as well as liberalization, have propped these markets to the forefront of telecom markets in the region, infrastructure and penetration wise.
“Only Palestine and Yemen did not launch 3G services by end of March 2015. Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched LTE services,” Dalia Haddad, Arab Advisors senior research analyst said.
“There is a high competition level in the region’s markets and this manifest in the high penetration levels of the cellular services in the markets. All of the 18 Arab countries analysed in the report have cellular penetration rates above 100% except for Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Palestine. The cellular boom contributed to the decline in fixed voice services as they present viable alternatives,” Haddad added.
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and Syria are the countries analysed in the report.