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In the Arab World: ADSL is cheapest in Morocco and most expensive in Iraq
Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Arab Advisors Group analyzed the residential ADSL rates in nineteen Arab countries. Iraq and Sudan have the highest average ADSL fees, while Morocco and Tunisia have the lowest fees. When rates are analyzed in relation to GDP per capita in each country, the GCC countries lead the pack.

 

ADSL remains the prevailing fixed broadband technology in the Arab World. Uptake is strong in most countries especially as ISPs launch promotions and reduce their rates. The Arab Advisors Group has analyzed the ADSL service provision and rates in the following nineteen Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

 

The Arab Advisors Group's analysis revealed that the 1024 Kbps speed is the most common speed offered by ISPs in the Arab World. The total annual cost of residential ADSL services (for the average 1024 kbps speed) in the Arab region ranges from a minimum of US$ 146 per year in Morocco to a maximum of US$ 5,133 per year in Iraq. Libya and Oman do not have the 1024 Kbps ADSL speed; however, the Arab Advisors Group's ranking for the country is based on extrapolating from its rates of other speeds. The research also revealed that ISPs tend to waive ADSL connection fees as part of their ongoing promotions.

 

A new report, "ADSL Rates in the Arab World: A Regional Comparison 2011" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on January 12, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1200. The 41-pagereport, which has 23 detailed exhibits, provides a comprehensive analysis of the ADSL rates offered by the main ISPs in the Arab countries in November 2011. Moreover, the report details the availability of download speeds in each country of the aforementioned nineteen countries that offered the ADSL service.

 

The report compared rates for the average, maximum and minimum rates of the 1024 Kbps download speed. Moreover, the report analyzed the availability of different download speeds in the 19 Arab countries.

 

Any investment in this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing the report.

 

Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.

 

"The total annual cost of residential ADSL services (for the average 1024 kbps speed) in the Arab region ranges from a minimum of US$ 146 per year in Morocco to a maximum of US$ 5,133 per year in Iraq. It is noteworthy that Moroccan residential users pay a monthly fee of US$ 19 or US$ 28 for the fixed line services, which is imperative to have an ADSL connection in Morocco. The US$ 19 monthly fee fixed voice offer is bundled with unlimited on-net traffic during off peak hours and weekends, while the US$ 28 monthly fee fixed voice offer is bundled with unlimited on-net traffic during all times." Hussam Barhoush, Project Manager at the Arab Advisors Group stated in the report.

 

When including the GDP per capita in the analysis, the Arab Advisors Group devised the ADSL Affordability Measure (AAM). Basically, the total annual cost of ADSL in a country was calculated as a % of that country's GDP per capita, whereby the higher the ratio the less affordable the service is in that country.

 

"The countries that led ADSL Affordability Measure (AAM) were the GCC countries. Although they do not have the lowest rates, but they do have the highest GDP per capita, this is one reason why operators there do not reduce rates drastically as demand is guaranteed even at relatively higher rates." Hussam Barhoush, Arab Advisors Group's Project Manager adds.

 

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced close to 2,850 reports on the Arab World's communications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's (www.arabadvisors.com) Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom). To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 660 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on http://www.arabadvisors.com/clients

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