Multiple cellular use continues to flourish

More than 11% of mobile users in Kuwait have more than one phone line, according to the Arab Advisors Group.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 24, 2007

More than 11% of cellular users in Kuwait have more than one phone line, according to the latest country report from research firm Arab Advisors Group.

The finding reflects a general trend in the region for multiple line occupancy, although the number of multiple mobile users in Kuwait is lower than in other parts of the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Nearly 40% of cellular users in Saudi Arabia and an estimated 35% in Jordan have two or more phone lines.

The reduced competition on the Kuwaiti mobile services market could account for the difference between the countries, said Andrawes Snobar, senior research analyst at Arab Advisors Group.

"With cost savings and leveraging operator promotions being a major factor behind multiple line ownership, the steady duopoly situation in Kuwait seems to offer less incentive to have multiple lines than the intense competition in a country like Jordan," he said.

Kuwait has two mobile phone operators, Zain and Wataniya, while Jordan has four. Saudi Arabia has three with a fourth, Zain, due to launch early 2008.

People taking separate personal and business lines is one of the main reasons for multiple line usage, Snobar added.

Kuwait has an effective mobile penetration rate of 72.9%, according to Arab Advisors. The research firm calculates its mobile penetration rate by dividing the number of estimated individual mobile users by the estimated size of the population.

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