In the Arab World: ADSL is cheapest in Morocco and most expensive in Sudan

24 Aug 2015

A new report from the Arab Advisors Group provides an analysis for the residential broadband ADSL rates in 19 Arab countries. While Sudan has the highest average ADSL fees, Morocco and Tunisia have the lowest fees. When rates are analyzed in relation to GDP per capita in each country, the GCC countries take the lead with the lowest rates in relation to GDP per capita. Arab Advisors analysis is based on rates by July 2015.

While Internet fiber technologies are emerging in the region, ADSL remains the prevailing fixed Internet broadband technology in the Arab World. The Arab Advisors Group has analyzed the ADSL service provision and rates in the following nineteen Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

The Arab Advisors Group analyzed the rates offered for a 4 Mbps connection. The 4 Mbps speed was considered to be a minimum requirement; in the case where it was not offered in a country, the closest highest speed was taken into consideration. Moreover, in countries where 4 Mbps is not offered and no higher speeds are available in the market, the highest speed, lower than 4 Mbps, was taken into consideration.

The total annual cost of residential ADSL services (for the average 4 Mbps speed) in the Arab region ranges from a minimum of US$ 145 per year in Morocco to a maximum of US$ 2,652 per year in Sudan. The research also revealed that ISPs tend to waive ADSL connection fees as part of their ongoing promotions.

A new report, “ADSL Rates in the Arab World: A Regional Comparison 2015” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on August 10, 2015. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,850. The 31-page report, which has 41 detailed exhibits, provides a comprehensive analysis of the ADSL rates offered by the main ISPs in the Arab countries in July 2015. Moreover, the report details the availability of download speeds in each country of the aforementioned nineteen countries that offered the ADSL service.

Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.

When including the GDP per capita in the analysis, the Arab Advisors Group devised the ADSL Affordability Measure (AAM). Basically, the total annual cost of ADSL in a country was calculated as a percentage of that country’s GDP per capita, whereby the higher the ratio the less affordable the service is in that country.

“Clearly, the income level of the country is also a major determining factor in addition to the absolute price level" Ms. Joud Hazineh, Arab Advisors Group Senior Research Analyst wrote in the report. “For instance, while Yemen’s rate is low by regional standards, the price remains steep for many middle-income Yemenis" Ms. Hazineh added.

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