44 operators in 17 Arab countries commercially offer 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G

18 Jan 2016

A new report from the Arab Advisors Group provides an analysis of the 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G services landscape in the Arab World. The research revealed that during the period between May 2014 and October 2015, four more operators deployed 3G networks in the Arab World; increasing the number of operators with 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G services to forty four operators. The most common 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G service offered by the operators is mobile Internet, followed by video calling and mobile TV. 

By October 2015, seventeen countries in the Arab World had commercial 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G services. The third generation technology (3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G) 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, video ringtone and multiplayer gaming.

A new report,3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G Cellular Services in the Arab World was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecom Strategic Research Service subscribers in January, 2016. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 2,500. The 134-page report, which has 215 detailed exhibits, provides a comparison and overview of the third generation mobile services, rates and offerings in the seventeen Arab countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the UAE.

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“The Arab Advisors Group's research shows that there were a total of seven 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G services in seventeen Arab countries by October 2015. Saudi Arabia’s Mobily and UAE’s Etisalat, with a total of six 3G/3.5G services, had the highest number of 3G/3.5G services among all Arab countries studied in this report. Saudi Arabia’s STC and Qatar’s Ooredoo came in second with five 3G/3.5G/3.75G services.” Ms Hiba Al-Atiyat, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst stated. 

“All 44 3G operators analyzed offer mobile Internet. The local video calling service is offered by 36 operators. Mobile TV follows as the third most common 3G service.” Ms. Mai Al Zeir, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst said. “Our research shows that since May 2014, four more operators in the Arab world commercially launched 3G/3.5G/3.75/3.9G services.” Ms. Al Zeir added.

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