Demand for data services to fuel ME mobile subscriptions
Informa predicts mobile subscriptions in the region will reach over 350 million by 2014
Middle East mobile subscriptions will be driven by rising demand for data services and more advanced technologies, research firm Informa Telecoms & Media predicts.
According to the firm's research, the number of mobile subscriptions in the region is expected to reach over 350 million by 2014, with a majority of the growth expected to come from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
"The Middle East's telecoms market is one of the most exciting in the world, as it is continues to offer good growth opportunities and is also seeing the deployment of some of the most advanced technologies," says senior analyst Matthew Reed. "As a result of the move to broadband, revenues from data services in the Middle East will grow more strongly than voice revenues over the coming few years, driven by strong demand for data and the availability of new data services, as well as smartphones and netbooks."
Reed claims mobile data revenues will double from $6.88 billion this year to reach $13.82 billion in 2014.
With a gradual shift from 2G to 3G technology over the coming years, Informa predicts that 3.5G+ will be the biggest technology segment in the next five years with a market share of more than 41%.