Iran tops Middle East internet growth chart

The pick up of the internet has been faster in Iran than any other Middle East country during the last four years, according to recent figures.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  February 7, 2004

The pick up of the internet has been faster in Iran than any other Middle East country during the last four years, according to recent figures. Since 2000, use of the internet in Iran has grown by more than 1167%. Syria came second with 633% growth and Saudi Arabia enjoyed the third fastest growth, at 610%. Overall internet usage in the Middle East has increased by 156% in the last four years. Yemen also witnessed high growth in internet adoption, at 566% for the same period. And the figures, from the International Telecommunication Union’s end of January report show steady increases across the board. According to analyst group IDC, internet usage in some of the poorer Middle East countries is now starting to pick up because of increased foreign investment and e-government initiatives. PC shipments to the Levant region are expected to reach an all time high this year, with 212,223 units being sent to the Levant countries, driven by increased government adoption of IT. “There will also be opportunities for targeting the emerging SoHo, SME and education sectors, where further growth is expected throughout the period,” says IDC analyst Omar Shihab.

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