ME mobile subscribers to top 200m this year
Dataxis Intelligence claims mobile penetration stands at 88% of the population
Mobile phone subscribers in the fourteen countries of the Middle East region will rise from 192 million, recorded in the first quarter of the year, to reach 200 million as quickly as this summer, predicts research firm Dataxis Intelligence.
According to Dataxis, mobile penetration stood at 88% of the region's population by the end of last year.
The Middle East, though already a highly penetrated market, still has great growth potential in the next five years. Based on their analysis from 2005 till present, the market grew 7.5% and saw 9 million new customers on average subscribing to mobile services each quarter.
Mobile penetration was found to be only 53% of the population in 2005, followed by 88% at the end of last year and is expected to rise up to 130% by 2015 - meaning that every single person in the region will be using at least one SIM card to communicate by that time.
In terms of subscriber numbers, their research shows that the Middle East rose from 53 million in 2005 to more than 185 million in 2009 and is expected to jump to 296 million by the end of 2015.