The small four lead the way

In a new report titled ‘Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM)’ published by the Jordan-based Arab Advisors Group, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE, still lead the way amongst 13 Arab countries in the total connectivity measure in 2003, as they did in 2002.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  April 14, 2004

In a new report titled ‘Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM)’ published by the Jordan-based Arab Advisors Group, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE still lead the way amongst 13 Arab countries in the total connectivity measure in 2003, as they did in 2002. The report highlights that; two of these countries are monopoly markets, while Bahrain’s cellular market moved to duopoly in 2003. All 13 covered countries — except Oman, Lebanon and Morocco, improved their TCCM score between 2002 and 2003. In Oman, Morocco and Lebanon, the drop in fixed phone lines negatively affected the household penetration measure that pulled down the 2003 TCCM score from their 2002 levels. The research firm calculated the TCCM by adding the household mainlines penetration, GSM penetration and internet users penetration 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. Arab Advisors admits, an overlap since many individuals will be using these three communications technologies at the same time, but adds that the measure still yields an accurate and informative picture on the level of ICT services penetration in each country. For example, if a country has a TCCM measure of 60%, this means that at least 40% of the population are not users of any of the three services constituting the measure. While a TCCM score of more than 100% is very positive, it nonetheless, does not mean that all the population uses the services due to overlap of usage. “The TCCM for 2003 results revealed that Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and UAE lead the Arab countries in terms of total connectivity followed by Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Oman. Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Algeria, and Morocco scored the lowest on the total connectivity measure,” says Sami Sunna, Arab Advisors Group’s research manager who wrote the report. He clarifies that the changes in the rankings should not distract industry observers from the fact that all countries -except Oman, Lebanon and Morocco- improved their TCCM score between 2002 and 2003. In Oman, Morocco and Lebanon, the drop in fixed phone lines negatively affected the household penetration measure that pulled down the 2003 TCCM score from their 2002 levels. The stagnation of the Lebanese cellular market also had an effect in Lebanon's total score. Lebanon's TCCM score fell from 107% in 2002 to 98% in 2003. “Compared to the TCCM score in 2002, five countries moved up the ladder (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria), four countries moved down the ladder (Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco), while the four remaining countries maintained their rankings as in the 2002 results (Qatar, UAE, Jordan and Oman),” adds Sunna.

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