Arabian Business / Accenture Web Index - January 2002 Report

After a big jump in December, Maktoob's unique audience figure dropped slightly in January, while Arabia.com's unique audience remained roughly the same. By far the biggest leap in activity in January was seen over at Raddadi, where impressions more than quadrupled month on month and the unique audience more than tripled.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  March 14, 2002

Bandwidth and users keep growing|~||~||~|After a big jump in December, Maktoob's unique audience figure dropped slightly in January, while Arabia.com's unique audience remained roughly the same. By far the biggest leap in activity in January was seen over at Raddadi, where impressions more than quadrupled month on month and the unique audience more than tripled.
That allowed Raddadi to jump into third place in the top five Web sites table, ahead of Salamiran. Although dropping a place overall, Salamiran still saw a healthy month on month jump in its unique audience, from 378,938 in December to 425,185 in January. (Note: Salamiran's figures are not audited, but supplied by the publisher.)

Away from the Web Index, there was one piece of big news this month in the Middle East internet world. The number of internet subscribers in eight Arab countries surveyed by Arab Advisors Group (AAG) topped the million mark in 2001.

The countries covered by AAG were Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE, which between them represent either the most populous, most prosperous or most IT literate countries in the Arab world. According to AAG, the actual number of users in the survey area was 1.1 million, and 368,280 of them were added in 2001.

Remember too that the 1.1 million refers to the number of people that subscribe to an ISP. It's commonly estimated that an average of up to six people uses any individual Internet account. The number of people regularly logging onto the Internet in the Arab world, therefore, will be much higher than 1.1 million.

Other encouraging news is that Internet users now have more bandwidth available to them. According to AAG, the amount of international internet bandwidth in the survey area grew by 1.205 Gbps over the year to reach a total of 1.9 Gbps, an increase of 155%. "This increase in total bandwidth to total subscribers is a change for the better, especially in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt where the percent growth in bandwidth was at least more than double the growth rate of subscribers," said Shahin Shahin, analyst at AAG.

Based on its research, Arab Advisors Group has compiled a 'Regional Bandwidth Index', which aims to indicate the bandwidth situation in each of the eight countries. Results of more than 1 indicate a better than regional average bandwidth per subscriber. The higher the result, the better the bandwidth availability per account.
Back in August 2001, Morocco led the Index with a score of 3.701, followed by Egypt (2.116), Jordan (1.497), Oman (1.381), UAE (0.738), Saudi Arabia (0.59), Lebanon (0.429) and Syria (0.19.)

The results for the January 2002 index show that Oman jumped up to lead the pack with a 2.940 index score, followed by Morocco (1.970), Egypt (1.735), UAE (1.381), Saudi Arabia (0.612), Jordan (0.559), Syria (0.224) and Lebanon (0.210.) Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco have therefore slipped while the UAE, Oman, Syria and KSA have improved.

Please send your feedback and forward your Web site's results to: david.ingham@itp.net.

Click here to view the Arabian Business/Accenture Web Index for January 2002"

Research by Annika Pohjola. Send feedback to: david.ingham@itp.net.

||**||Web Index: Glossary of terms|~||~||~|Ranking in category by page views: Web sites are ranked according to the total number of page views reported in the sample period.

URL: Internet address of the Web site.

Site description: Web site owners have submitted their own descriptions. These have been edited by Arabian Business.com due to space constraints.

Site category: Categories have been formed by Arabian Business.com for the purpose of comparing Web sites in a like-with-like environment.

Total number of visits in period: The cummulative total of visits to a site in the specified period. A person visiting more than once in the sample period will be counted every time that person visits. Visitors to a site for a prolonged period, i.e. opens a Web site and leaves that site open on his machine all day, can count as several visitor sessions in that day. Web tracking software can effectively call a visitor session closed if it remains inactive for a predefined period.

Average duration of visitor session in period: The time taken between entering a site and leaving a site.

No. of new visitors in period: A count of visitors who have not at any time been logged by the Web tracking software.

No. of unique visitors per month: Unique visitors are counted using the visitor's IP address, domain name, or cookie.

No. of page impressions in period: A count of hits to pages defined as documents or forms by the Web tracking software. In most, but not all cases, a cick to a new page within a Web site will count as a single additional page impression. The supporting graphics on pages are not counted.

Sample period: The dates during which the log data was generated.

Verified by: Note of whether the visitor data has been checked by Arabian Business.com and Accenture or whether the site owner has supplied data without independent verification.

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