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Saudi Arabia maintains its rank as the Arab World’s most competitive cellular market
Monday, July 16, 2012

The Arab Advisors Group released the results of its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2012 in June 2012. The index ranks Saudi Arabia as the most competitive Arab cellular market. Jordan came in second, followed by Palestine.


The Cellular Competition Intensity Index results for June 2012 revealed that Saudi Arabia tops the score -as the most competitive Arab market- with a 74.56% mark. This is followed by Jordan (70.67%), Palestine (70.43%), Egypt (67.86%), Oman (67.01%), Morocco (64.20%), Iraq (62.45%), Tunisia (61.13%), Bahrain (61.01%), Algeria (58.91%), Sudan (56.72%), Mauritania (55.63%), Yemen (55.19%), Kuwait (52.58%), UAE (49.01%), Qatar (47.14%), Syria (39.75%), Lebanon (38.84%) and Libya (32.68%).


The Cellular Competition Intensity Index is relative in nature as it compares the state of every market relative to other markets. As such, even if a market's absolute level of competition improved, its score in this relative index will also depend on how other markets developed. The 2012 index results revealed that four countries ranked higher than their April 2011 index ranks, these are: Egypt, Sudan, UAE and Lebanon. Moreover, a total of four countries ranked lower compared to the April 2011 index, namely: Oman, Yemen, Qatar and Libya. The remaining eleven countries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria, Mauritania, Kuwait and Syria maintained their April 2011 ranks.


The Arab Advisors Group devised the Cellular Competition Intensity Index to rate and to examine the intensity level of competition in the Arab World's cellular markets. The index takes into account the number of operators, packages, and services available in each of the 19 countries covered by the Arab Advisors Group. Each category was assigned a certain weight according to its importance as an indicator of competition. The categories include the following: Number of licensed and expected operators in 2012number of working operatorsmarket share of largest operatornumber of prepaid plansnumber of postpaid plans, availability of smart phone plans, availability of corporate offersavailability of 3G services and theavailability of operational ILD (International Long Distance) competition.


A new report, "Competition Levels in Arab Cellular Marketswas released to the Arab Advisors Group's Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers in June 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. The report ranks the Arab World countries according to their cellular competition intensity level, based on a methodological approach. Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.


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, or could count towards attending Arab Advisors' 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012 on November 26 & 27, 2012 at The Address Dubai Marina Hotel in Dubai - UAE. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge. More information on The 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012 can be viewed on:


"Saudi Arabia hosts four operational and licensed operators. Consumers have a choice of twenty four prepaid plans and twenty six postpaid plans. Saudi Arabia's score benefited from the availability of smart phone plans, corporate offers, 3G services and ILD competition." Mr. Mohammed Al-Shawwa, Arab Advisors Group Senior Research Analyst noted.


The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced close to 3,000 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 ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).


To date, Arab Advisors Group has served 665 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

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