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Saudi Arabia is the Arab World’s most competitive cellular market
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Arab Advisors Group released the results of its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2011 this month at the margin of the 8th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference in Amman on June 6 & 7 2011. 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 April 2011 revealed that Saudi Arabia tops the score –as the most competitive Arab market- with a 76.01% mark followed by Jordan (75.37%), Palestine (69.61%), Oman (69.52%), Egypt (68.18%), Morocco (64.72%), Iraq(64.32%), Tunisia (63.23%), Bahrain (61.25%), Algeria (61.17%), Yemen (58.61%),Mauritania (57.07%), Sudan (55.68%), Kuwait (54.58%), Qatar (48.24%), UAE(47.17%), Syria (42.18%), Libya (33.97%), and finally Lebanon (33.80%). The Arab Advisors Group released the results of its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2011 this month at the margin of the 8th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference in Amman on June 6 & 7 2011. The index ranks Saudi Arabia as the most competitive Arab cellular market. Jordan came in second, followed by Palestine.

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 2011 index results revealed that four countries ranked higher than their May 2010 index ranks, these are: Algeria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Mauritania. Meanwhile, a total of three countries ranked lower compared to May 2010 index, namely: Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen. The remaining twelve countries of Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia and UAE maintained their May 2010 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 2011numberof working operatorsmarket share of largest operatornumberof prepaid plansnumber of postpaid plans, availability of smart phone plans, availability of corporate offersavailability of 3G services and the availability of ILD (International Long Distance) competition.

A new report, “Competition Levelsin Arab Cellular Markets” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers in May 2011. This report can bepurchased 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, or could count towards attending Arab Advisors’ 8th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference on June 6 & 7, 2011 at the Four Seasons in Amman. More information on the conference can be viewed on http://www.arabadvisors.com/Convergence/schedule.htmZain is the main sponsor of the conference; QualcommArabsatMotorolaUmniah, Ericsson,Orange and Oracle 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 added the “Smartphones packages availability” indicator for the 2011 index. This came in line with the increased adoption of mobile broadband and smart phone usage in the MENA region which contributes to the overall competiveness in the country.” Mrs. Faten Bader, Arab Advisors Group senior research analyst commented. “Saudi Arabia hosts four operational and licensed operators. Consumers have a choice of nineteen prepaid plans and twenty three postpaid plans. Saudi Arabia’s score benefited from the availability of smart phone plans, corporate offers, 3G services and ILD competition.” Ms. Zeena Al Borgan, Arab Advisors Group senior research analyst added.

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced close to 2,500 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 620 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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