|Arab Advisors' Regional Internet Bandwidth Index results: 1.08 million users in eight countries
|The number of Internet subscribers in the Arab World has increased significantly over the past year alongside an even bigger increase in available international Internet bandwidth.|
The number of Internet subscribers in the Arab World has increased significantly over the past year alongside an even bigger increase in available international Internet bandwidth.
The Arab Advisors Group calculated the January 2002 Regional Internet Bandwidth Index and compared it to the same index results of August 2001.
Unexpectedly, there are new winners! The eight Arab countries of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE had more than 1.08 million Internet subscribers in total by year end 2001.
These subscribers surfed the Internet utilizing a total combined international Internet bandwidth of 1.9 Gbps, which is, naturally, unevenly distributed amongst the countries. The figures are based on extensive, continuous and reliable primary research from the Arab Advisors Group (www.arabadvisors.com).The total subscriber numbers in the eight markets increased by 348,000 (a 47 percent increase) between 2000 and 2001.
Available International Internet bandwidth grew at a faster rate of 154 percent to add 1.195 Gbps in available bandwidth to the eight markets.
The Regional Bandwidth Index is calculated by dividing a country's bandwidth share by its accounts share. Results of more than 1 indicate a better than regional average bandwidth per subscriber. The higher the result, the better the bandwidth availability per account.
Back in August 2001, Morocco led the Internet Regional Bandwidth index rankings with a score of 3.701, followed by Egypt (2.116), Jordan (1.497), Oman (1.381), UAE (0.738), Saudi Arabia (0.59), Lebanon (0.429) and Syria (0.19). The results for the January 2002 index show that Oman jumped to lead the pack with a 3.448 index score, followed by Morocco (1.944), Egypt (1.712), UAE (1.363), Saudi Arabia (0.604), Jordan (0.509), Lebanon (0.207) and Syria (0.110).
The Arab Advisors Group also believes that despite the overall bandwidth crunch in the Arab world, the situation is indeed improving. However, as the research shows, the pace of improvement is, and will continue to be, faster in some countries than others!
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