Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mobile Subscriber figures in the UAE and Saudi Arabia till end of 2008

Etisalat’s mobile subscribers in the UAE have risen to 7.3 million at the end of December, implying a market share of 74 percent and a total mobile penetration of 172 percent.Fixed line subscribers grew to 1.38 million, implying a market share of 84 percent.
Rival du is estimated to have had 3.05 million subscribers, of which around 2.3 million were active, by the end of December, implying a market share of around 26 percent.
In December, du became the first UAE operator to introduce unified roaming tariffs in the GCC, whereby subscribers pay 1.25 dirhams($0.34) per minute for local and incoming calls.
In Saudi Arabia Mobily added 500,000 new active mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter, resulting in 11.4 million subscribers by the year end.
A 36 percent market share estimate is based on the assumption that Zain Saudi ended 2008 with 1.6 million active subscribers, or a 5 percent market share.
“Media reports have quoted Saad Al- Barrak, Zain Group’ s CEO, as saying that Zain Saudi ended the year with 3 million subscribers.



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