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Saudi Arabia maintains its rank as the Arab World’s most competitive cellular market for the fourth consecutive year.
Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Arab Advisors Group released the results of its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2014 in September 2014. 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 2014 revealed that Saudi Arabia tops the score -as the most competitive Arab market- with a 75.86% mark. This is followed by Jordan (73.16%), Palestine (71.28%), Iraq (66.65%), Egypt (63.80%), Bahrain (62.17%), Tunisia (60.33%), Morocco (60.13%), Oman (59.43%), Algeria (58.44%), Kuwait (56.68%), Sudan (56.49%), Yemen (56.01%), Mauritania (55.97%), Qatar (49.12%), UAE (48.76%), Lebanon (40.76%), Syria (34.45%) and Libya (31.12%).


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 2014 index results revealed that seven countries ranked higher than their 2013 index ranks, these are: Iraq, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar and Lebanon. Moreover, a total of seven countries ranked lower compared to the 2013 index, namely: Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Mauritania, UAE and Libya. The remaining five countries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen and Syria maintained their 2013 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 MNOs in 2014number of working operatorsmarket share of largest operatornumber of prepaid plansnumber of postpaid plans, availability of smart phone plans, availability of corporate offersavailability of 3G/4G LTE services and the availability of operational ILD (International Long Distance) competition.

A new report, "Competition Levels in Arab Cellular Markets 2014was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers in September 2014. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,200. 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.

"Saudi Arabia maintained its rank as the most competitive cellular market in the Arab World for the fourth consecutive year. The country hosts four operational and licensed mobile network operators, in addition to one operational MVNO. Saudi Arabia's score benefited from the availability of smart phone plans, corporate offers, 4G LTE services and ILD competition." Mr. Mohammed Yassin, Arab Advisors Group Research Analyst noted.

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced over 4,000 reportson 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).

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