Cellular lines in the Arab World witnessed a slight growth of 0.05% by end of March 2016 over yearend 2015

04 Jan 2017

By end of March 2016, mobile operators in nineteen Arab countries had 414.736 million cellular lines, up from 414.544 million by yearend 2015; a growth of 0.05%. A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyzes and ranks cellular operators in the Arab World. Two of the cellular operators in Egypt; Vodafone and Orange were the largest Arab cellular operators in terms of subscriptions by end of March 2016.

Between November 2015 and November 2016, one MVNO launched its operations in the Arab World. Cellular subscribers in nineteen Arab countries reached 414.736 million by end of March 2016. Egypt’s Vodafone and Orange are the Arab World’s largest cellular operators by cellular lines.

A new report, A Scorecard of Key Performance Indicators of Cellular Operators in the Arab World was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on December 19, 2016. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,750. The 49-page report, which contains 30 detailed exhibits, provides a comprehensive analysis of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the mobile operators in the Arab World. The KPIs are for the year 2015 and March 2016. The report covers 48 operators in nineteen countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

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“Prepaid services dominate the Arab cellular markets. By end of March 2016, 14 operators had prepaid subscriber bases of 90% or more. The Arab Advisors Group believes that the rapid growth in cellular line bases in the Arab World is clearly due to the increasing appeal of prepaid offers” Ms. Hiba Rabadi, Senior Research Analyst at Arab Advisors Group stated.

“The cellular market in the Arab World is well ahead of the fixed line market. In 2015, the aggregate cellular penetration rate reached 108.47%, compared to a fixed line combined penetration rate of less than 9%” Ms. Rabadi added.

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over 4,400 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 over 900 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients.