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Competition is poised to move Sudan’s Internet market into an era of enhanced growth.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Starting early 2006, the Internet market in Sudan started a journey of transformation. The 2nd telecom operator, CanarTel, initiated competition starting with its wireless Internet service. Moreover, Canar’s ADSL services will be launched in mid 2006. All those factors are expected to energize the market, specifically on the broadband front.

The Dialup Internet market is competitive in Sudan. All 15 ISPs offer Subscription Free Internet (SFI) via phone lines. Sudatel has revenue sharing agreements with all the ISPs (except for those who provide wireless Internet), being the only fixed line operator prior to the entrance of CanarTel. In January of 2006, CanarTel started offering its Internet service bundled in packages with voice services. As for the ADSL, the market is still a monopoly for Sudatel. This will change by mid of this year when CanarTel lauches its broadband services. In addition, the Datacomm market was liberalized with the entrance of CanarTel in early 2006.

A new report, “Sudan Internet and Datacomm Landscape” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on May 8, 2006. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. The 39-page report, which has 30 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the Sudanese Internet and datacomm markets and profiles the operators currently serving the Country, Sudatel and CanarTel. The report includes 5-year historical and 5-year projections on Internet uptake and revenues. The report provides, moreover, a detailed and comprehensive picture on the Internet market strategies and regulations, e-commerce, and online content and services landscape.

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.

The investment can also count towards attending Arab Advisors’ third annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference on June 6 & 7 2006. More information on the conference can be seen athttp://www.arabadvisors.com/Convergence/schedule.htm 
Please contact the Arab Advisors Group for full information on the conference, agenda and sponsorship opportunities.

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

“Internet accounts in Sudan grew at a healthy CAGR of 56.7% over the period from 2001 to 2005. Despite this, Internet penetration in Sudan is still very low by absolute and relative standards. By end of 2005, the Internet accounts penetration rate stood at a mere 0.2% of the population, including subscription-free Internet, and ADSL.” Mr. Andrawes Snobar, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst wrote in the report. “With competition initiated in late January 2006 by CanarTel, the Arab Advisors Group projects that the absolute yearly additions into the market will increase to sum up to 150,000 accounts added over the next 5-year period (2006-2010). Furthermore, CanarTel’s launch of its ADSL service in mid 2006 is expected to energize the broadband uptake in the huge Arab-African country. The Arab Advisors Group forecasts a gradual growth in the broadband market size over the coming 5 years. ADSL accounts are projected to reach make up more than 10% of the total Internet market size by 2010.” Mr. Snobar added.

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over close to 570 reports on the Arab World’s communications and media 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 370 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients.

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