Qatar heads the region in telecoms connectivity

According to the Arab Advisors Group’s 2002 Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM), state-sponsored monopolies outscored liberalised markets.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 22, 2003

Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE are leading the region in telecommunications connectivity. According to the Arab Advisors Group’s 2002 Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM), state-sponsored monopolies in Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE outscored other liberalised telecoms markets.

“The TCCM for 2002 results revealed that Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and UAE lead the Arab countries in terms of total connectivity followed by Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Oman,” says Sami Sunna, Arab Advisors Group’s senior research analyst.

“Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria scored the lowest on the total connectivity measure,” he adds.

According to the Sunna, the level of internet penetration played an important role in building the TCCM in Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE and Lebanon. However Qatar, which had the highest total connectivity actually, had a low internet share compensated with a high household mainline penetration of 143%.

Qatar was the leader in the TCCM 2002 scores with a 194% mark, followed by Bahrain (184%), Kuwait (174%), the UAE (171%) and Lebanon (107%).

Saudi Arabia registered 97% connectivity, but is expected to smash this number during 2003.

Jordan followed with 79%, followed by Oman with 78%. Syria had a low score of 54%, with Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria scoring even lower at 48%, 46%, 44% and 35% respectively.

The Arab Advisors Group’s TCCM scale adds household mainlines penetration, GSM penetration, and Internet user rates in each country. The household mainlines penetration is measured by dividing the residential mainlines by the number of households in each country.

The TCCM shows the extent of connectivity of individuals in a certain country whether via fixed lines, GSM lines and/or internet. The analyst group takes into consideration that there will be a certain degree of overlap as many individuals will be using all three communications technologies simultaneously.

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