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The fixed voice lines market in 16 Arab countries is dropping with booming cellular lines

Twenty four fixed line operators in sixteen Arab countries served 29.3 million fixed lines by end of Q1 2014 down from 29.4 million by end of 2013; a drop of 0.4%. A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyzes and ranks 24 fixed service operators in sixteen teen Arab countries. Telecom Egypt, Saudi Telecom (STC) and Syrian Telecom (STE) stand out as the largest Arab fixed line operators in terms of mainlines. 

The analysis reveals that by end of September 2014, thirteen Arab countries had liberalized their fixed line markets. Telecom Egypt had the largest fixed line base among the examined operators, followed by Saudi Telecom and Syrian Telecom. UAE recorded the highest fixed line penetration rate by end of 2013 followed by Lebanon.

A new report, “A Scorecard of Key Performance Indicators of Fixed Operators in the Arab World” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on December 16, 2014. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,875. The 26-page report, which has 25 detailed exhibits, provides a comprehensive analysis of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the fixed voice operators in the Arab region. The KPIs are for the year 2013 and Q1 2014. The report covers nineteen countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

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; or could count towards attending Arab Advisors’ “The 12th Convergence Summit 2015” on June 1st, 2nd 2015 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman – Jordan; or towards attending “The Electronic & Mobile Payments Conference in The Arab World” on April 21st, 2015 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman – Jordan.

“Fixed voice service revenues totaled US$ 607.041 million for seven fixed voice providers. Maroc Telecom had the highest percentage of total revenues for the seven operators understudy; %28.8” Ms. Mai Al-Zeir, Senior Research Analyst at Arab Advisors Group stated in the report. 

“Regulators and industry leaders should examine –with a lot of concern- the causes of the stagnation of the fixed services market in the Arab World. Such stagnation, at relatively low penetration rates, does not bode well for the future of broadband Internet adoption in households as the over reliance on mobile networks is not optimal. “Jawad J. Abbassi Founder and GM of Arab Advisors Group commented. 

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over 4,050 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).

On the other hand by end of March 2014, mobile operators in nineteen Arab countries had 406.3 million cellular lines, up from 401 million at yearend 2013, a growth of 1.3%. In 2013 the cellular lines base had grown by a healthier 9.1%. A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyzes and ranks cellular operators in the Arab World. The three cellular operators in Egypt; Vodafone, Mobinil and Etisalat were the largest Arab cellular operators in terms of subscriptions by end of March 2014. 

Between August 2012 and September 2014, three MVNO launched its operations, while three other MVNOs ceased operations in the Arab World. Cellular subscribers in nineteen Arab countries reached 406.3 million by end of March 2014. Egypt’s Vodafone Egypt, Mobinil and Etisalat Misr 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 4, 2014. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,875. The 43-page report, which contains 32 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 2013 and March 2014. The report covers 49 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. 

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; or could count towards attending Arab Advisors’ “The 12th Convergence Summit 2015” on June 1st, 2nd 2015 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman – Jordan; or towards attending “The Electronic & Mobile Payments Conference in The Arab World” on April 21st, 2015 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman – Jordan.

“Prepaid services dominate the Arab cellular markets. By end of March 2014, fifteen 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. Mai Al-Zeir, Senior Research Analyst at Arab Advisors Group stated.

“The cellular market in the Arab World is well ahead of the fixed line market. The aggregate cellular penetration rate exceeded the 110% mark, compared to a fixed line combined penetration rate of less than 9%” Ms. Mai Al-Zeir, Senior Research Analyst at Arab Advisors Group added.

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over 4,050 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).

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