Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mobile broadband growing at 126% in Saudi Arabia

Mobile broadband uptake in Saudi Arabia is currently growing at a rate of 126 percent, figures released by Etihad Etisalat (Mobily).

After 24 months of operations, Mobily said it had 600,000 mobile broadband subscribers presenting 126 percent uptake on 2008 year-end results of 266,000 subscribers and 445 percent growth when compared to the second quarter of 2008.

For May alone, daily mobile data consumption reached 37 terabyte, and over one petabyte of traffic exchanged over the month, doubling consumption as compared to the end of 2008.

Mobily’s daily performance of 18.5 terabytes makes its mobile data network the busiest in the world.

In March, Mobily said it had upgraded its mobile data network to support high-speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) technology and offer a full high speed packet access (HSPA) mobile broadband experience to its customers in the more than 220 areas it covers with 3.75G.

This is actually a very good sign for the region. This will help in the growth of data based value added services. Mobily has always been very aggressive in terms of launching the best products and services and hence the growth is imminent.

Source : Arabian Business



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