UAE leads Arab World in telecom penetration
The UAE is the most connected country in the Arab World followed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to the Arab Advisors Group's annually released Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM) report.
The Arab Advisors Group calculates its Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM) by adding the household mainlines penetration, cellular penetration, and Internet users penetration rates in each country.
The household mainlines penetration is measured by dividing the residential mainlines by the number of households in each country.
The TCCM shows the extent of connectivity of individuals in a certain country whether via fixed lines, cellular lines and/or the Internet.
Of course, there will be an overlap since many individuals will be using these three communications services at the same time. However, the measure still yields an accurate and informative picture on the level of ICT services adoption in each country.
The Total Country Connectivity Measure results for 2009 revealed the continued leadership of GCC countries. UAE maintained the top spot with a score of 352 per cent, followed by Saudi Arabia (286 per cent), Qatar (254 per cent),Bahrain (250 per cent), Libya (246 per cent), Kuwait (201 per cent), Oman (189 per cent), Algeria (161 per cent), Lebanon (155 per cent), Morocco (149 per cent), Jordan (148 per cent), Tunisia (145 per cent), Syria (142 per cent), Egypt (140 per cent), Palestine (109 per cent), Iraq (100 per cent), Yemen (66 per cent) and in last place Sudan with a TCCM value of 51.2 per cent.
"By looking at the TCCM scores, it is noticeable that high scores are correlated with high-income levels.
GCC countries dominate the TCCM, as income levels and GDP per capita in these countries is significantly higher than the rest of the Arab countries.
Moreover, countries with competitive markets have seen their scores improve rapidly as competition drove down rates and enhanced awareness amongst consumers," said Samer Abbas, Senior Research Analyst at the Arab Advisors Group.
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