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By November 2011, 38 Arab cellular operators had commercially launched 3G/3.5G networks
Sunday, January 22, 2012

A new Arab Advisors Group report reveals that during the period between December 2009 and November 2011, 3G/3.5G services were launched in four more countries; increasing the number of Arab countries with 3G/3.5G services to seventeen. The most common 3G/3.5G service offered by the operators is mobile Internet, followed by video calling and mobile TV. As for LTE services, they were commercially available in three Arab countries by January 2012; Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.


By November 2011, seventeen countries in the Arab World had commercial 3G/3.5G services. The third generation technology (3G/3.5G) allows mobile operators to provide an array of mobile services that require higher speeds. These services include: Local and international video calling, mobile Internet (broadband Internet), mobile TV, video mail, video monitoring and multiplayer gaming.


A new report, "LTE & 3G/3.5G Cellular Services in the Arab World" was released to Arab Advisors Group's Communications Strategic Research Service subscribers on December 22, 2011. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The 109-pagereport, which has 185 detailed exhibits, fully analyzes and compares the 3G/3.5G services offered in the Arab world, as well as providing a profile of the LTE services offered by the Arab world operators.


Countries that offered commercial 3G/3.5G services by November 2011 are: BahrainEgyptIraq, Jordan, KuwaitLebanon, LibyaMauritaniaMoroccoOmanQatarSaudi ArabiaSudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. 3G/3.5G services in Iraq are offered only by a provincial operator. Furthermore, Yemen Mobile offers "EV-DO Rev. A" technology in certain areas in Yemen.


The report also provides insights into 3G awareness and usage in the region based on Arab Advisors major surveys in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and OmanPlease 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' 9th Convergence Summit on May 22 & 23, 2012 at the Four Seasons in Amman. More information on the conference can be viewed on is the main sponsor of the conference; Motorola, Orange, Qualcomm, Umniah and Zain are among the companies who are sponsoring the event. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge.


"The Arab Advisors Group analysis of the 3G/3.5G operators revealed that all 36 3G operators analyzed offer mobile Internet. The local video calling service is offered by 30 operators. Mobile TV is the third most common 3G service among the operators, and is offered by 16 operators." Mr. Mohammed Al-Shawwa, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst said. "Our research shows that since December 2009, nine more operators in the Arab world commercially launched 3G/3.5G services." Mr. Al-Shawwa added.


"By January 2012, three Arab countries had commercially launched LTE services; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. LTE services are commercially offered by five operators in these countries; Mobily, STC and Zain in Saudi Arabia, Etisalat in the UAE and Viva in Kuwait." Mr. Al-Shawwa noted.


The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 2,800 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 ( 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 and media markets. Some of our clients can be viewed on

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