Last updated: 8 Oct 2008 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 119
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the broadband, Internet, and convergence markets in the
· Internet and broadband statistics;
· Government policies and regulatory issues;
· Broadband technologies;
· Convergence and triple play models;
· Satellite and pay TV market trends;
· Digital media developments.
Researchers:- Tine Lewis, Paul Kwon and Peter Lange
Current publication date: September 2008 (7th Edition)
Next publication date:- October 2009
The entire Egyptian Internet sector is highly competitive with more than 200 Internet and data service providers, which has led to low prices for ADSL services and broadband packages with up to 24Mb/s delivered to residential households. VoIP Internet telephony has been liberalised, and several companies are rolling out next generation networks to provide converged IP-based voice and data services.
A strong entrepreneurial culture mixed with the high broadband penetration rates creates fertile ground for digital media and e-commerce. Convergence, upgraded infrastructure and regulatory measures encouraging competition are disrupting the status quo leading to a time of change in this very interesting and advanced market.
Broadband subscribers are increasing at a rapid rate in
Qatar is home to the very popular Arab news channel Al Jazeera, which claims high viewer ratings in the Middle East with an estimated 50 million viewers.
The broadband market has been slow to grow in
While few Middle East media companies are based in Saudi Arabia, most of the larger ones are Saudi owned, including the most watched FTA channel MBC, two out of the three pay TV operators, and up and coming TV and digital media company, Rotana.
The UAE has the highest broadband penetration rates of the Arab Middle East countries and levels are still growing quickly. Internet user penetration was over 50% in 2008, according to the TRA. Government policy has included encouragement for media, IT and Internet-related businesses and
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the Internet and broadband markets in the
· The rapidly developing broadband markets in wealthier countries in the region;
· The dynamic Arab satellite TV market;
· VoIP developments and problems;
· Digital media developments and challenges.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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