AAG report analyses GSM market in ME region

A report from the Arab Advisors Group shows that Morocco, Egypt and Saudi are the largest Arab GSM markets while the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain recorded the highest penetration rates.

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By  Vijaya George Published  June 25, 2002

The Arab Advisors Group (AAG) recently released a report on the rate of GSM penetration in the Middle East based on a survey of 10 Arab countries with a total subscription rate of 16.5 million at the end of 2001. The report stated that Morocco had the largest number of subscribers followed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain and Syria.

“These small rich markets of the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait, with profit oriented monopoly operators (in the case of UAE and Bahrain) had the highest country penetration rates with 58%, 42% and 42% respectively as of yearend 2001,” stated the report.

It also showed that Syria, although below its true potential, had shown significant growth over the last year. The country is said to have recorded the highest year-on-year growth rate of all Arab markets with the slash in connection fees. Oman also entered a high growth rate period in 2001 upon the introduction of prepaid services, increasing mobile subscribers from 156,000 in 2000 to 336,000 by the end of the year 2001.

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