KSA leads the world in mobile usage

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the highest proportion of mobile phone users in the world

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KSA leads the world in mobile usage Saudi Arabia leads as the number one country in the world with the highest proportion of mobile phone users. (Getty Images)
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  April 19, 2012

A study done by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), states that Saudi Arabia leads as the number one country in the world with the highest proportion of mobile phone users.

The Kingdom has a ratio of 188%, followed by Vietnam and Oman in the second and third places. This percentage is by far the highest when compared to the other GCC countries, with Oman being ranked second with a rate of 165%, followed by Kuwait at 160% and the UAE at 145%.

The study found an escalating trend in mobile phone usage by teenagers and nine year old children. It stated that the sheer numbers of mobile adoption was mainly for use with the Internet.

This demand is only expected to rise within the coming years in with 3G and LTE smartphone devices becoming available. Commenting on the report, the Mobile Channels Company's (MCC) GM, Salem Alenzi, said: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has scored a high growth percentage in the number of mobile phone users between the years 2005 and 2010. This proportion duplicated three times over this five year period, while it did not exceed a ratio 59 percent in 2005."

Alenzi concluded by saying: "It is remarkable that the Arab Gulf states occupied the world's first 10 positions in the list. This can be attributed to the positive economic situation which these countries are witnessing and the increasing number of consumers with high purchasing power, besides the growing presence of foreign workers who constantly communicate with their employers and countries of origin."

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