UAE enjoys most 'affordable' broadband rates in Gulf

Arab Advisors report reveals ADSL stats for nineteen Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 11, 2009

The United Arab Emirates enjoys one of the lowest ADSL broadband internet rates in the Gulf, the latest Arab Advisors report claimed.

According to the ADSL Affordability Measure (AAM) used in the report, Mauritania had the most expensive services compared to 18 other Arab countries – registering at 92.5% of GDP per capita for 256 Kbps speeds and 157.3% for 512 Kbps speeds.

AAM involves the total annual cost of ADSL in a country being calculated as a % of that country’s GDP per capita. The higher the ratio, the less affordable the service is in that country.

The report studied broadband rates in nineteen countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

For speeds of 256 Kbps, Iraq registered 58.8%, with Saudi Arabia at 4.2%, Bahrain at 2.3%, Kuwait at 1.8% and the UAE placed at the bottom with 1.3%.

For 512 Kbps, Qatar had the most affordable service registering just 1.4%, followed closely by the UAE at 1.6%.

3815 days ago

Seriously this is hilarious! I have nothing against Etisalat or their prices, I am happy (that being the only viable alternative at the moment). But if I am not mistaken, Mauritania's per capita GDP is only USD 2000 whereas in the UAE it is USD 40,000! Obviously ADSL affordability as a % of GDP would be high in Mauretania!!

3815 days ago

fools measure fools against fools tools. HA HA HA this really foolhardy

3817 days ago

Surely this article must be the earliest example of an April Fool's joke - Internet rates here in the UAE are the biggest rip-off with high prices for extremely slow speeds and unreliable service - the recent "line" problems prove that the investments being made in infrastructure is woefully poor - please check the rates being offered in the US/UK/Europe for high speed reliable connections....

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