Half a million Jordanians online by 2006 says Arab Advisors

Jordan still faces a number of obstacles that are impeding growth of the internet, but the Kingdom stands to quadruple the number of current internet subscribers by 2006, says the Arab Advisors Group.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  November 11, 2002

Jordan still faces a number of obstacles that are impeding growth of the internet, but the Kingdom stands to quadruple the number of current internet subscribers by 2006, says the Arab Advisors Group, in a newly published report that analyses the internet and the datacomm landscape in the kingdom.

In 2001, there were 56,000 Internet accounts in Jordan - indicating a growth of 27% between 2001 and 2002. The Arab Advisors Group projects 178,000 Internet users in the kingdom by the end of 2002, a penetration of 3.33%. The market had close to 140,000 Internet users in 2001, a penetration of 2.7% and is forecast to have 71,000 subscribers by the end of 2002, representing a penetration rate of 1.33%.

Sarah Alalul, an analyst at Arab Advisors Group’s said that with ISPs subsidizing personal computers with Internet access subscriptions, Jordan’s Internet market will continue to see growth. “We project 465,000 Internet users by 2006, a penetration of 7.84%. Despite these developments in the Internet market, e-commerce is not doing as well as could be expected.”

The group believes e-government initiatives will be a driver of internet growth in the future. E-learning initiatives that will provide Jordanian schools with access to the internet are expected to spur penetration further by offering more advanced services such as mobile and internet banking. The ADSL service has not taken off as well expected in Jordan even though Jordan Telecom brought down ADSL rates soon after launching the service in order to drive growth, said Alalul.

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