Mideast 'mobile market promising'
Dubai , June 27, 2007
The Middle Eastern mobile market presents greater revenue opportunities than markets in Europe when taking into account its size and spending power.
This was reveaed in the report, The Middle Eastern mobile market: trends and forecasts 2007-12, published by Analysys, the global advisers on telecoms, IT and media.
In 2006, total mobile revenue per capita in the Middle East demonstrated a trend above that of European markets when comparing markets in the two regions with similar levels of average disposable income.
For example, in a Middle Eastern market where disposable income is $10m000, total mobile revenues would be expected to be 20 per cent higher than an equivalent European market.
'While there is increasing liberalisation of the mobile market across the region, mobile operators in the Middle East have benefited from the relative lack of competition in both fixed and mobile markets and have been able to bring in impressive revenues,' said the report's author, Daniel Jones.
'However, as competition intensifies across the region, operators will have an increasingly tough time trying to maintain this premium,' he added.Trade Arabia News Service