The study revealed that was recently developed by Abdul Kader Kamli, a researcher with specialist independent in collaboration with the company “Orient Planet” received the “Al-Riyadh,” a copy of them, revealed the expectations of the prevalence of similar regions of the Levant and North Africa, nearly 26 percent, and the achievement of the Sudan and Yemen to a prevalence rate of only 13 percent during the same period.
According to the study, stood between the prevalence of Internet users on the Arab level, when a small percentage of 17.75 percent in the year 2009, and in spite of reaching the 36 per cent in the GCC alone. And limited use of the Internet in the Arab societies to the children of middle and upper classes, which sheds light on one of the most important factors that limit the spread of the Internet and of the high cost of using the Internet to get it becomes very difficult for a large segment of the population of the Arab world. On the other hand, the cost of Internet use per person in the Gulf countries has decreased the most among the rest of the Arab States although it is still considered high relative to the cost of use in developed countries. The study reported that growth in the number of Internet users in the Arab world reached an important turning point refers to the end of the era of high growth that began with the beginning of the twentieth century and the atheist. The study pointed out that the population of Internet users has achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) reached 33.74 percent between 2004 and 2008, while the 14.24 percent in the year 2009, and is expected to record annual rate of only 10.33 percent during the next five years. While confirming many observers that this sharp decline in the rate of growth of numbers of internet users is due primarily to the global financial crisis, according to the study that comes as a natural part of developing region living under challenges and numerous pressures imposed by the demographic diversity as well as economic conditions or social and, in some cases, political ones.The report adds that the decline in the rate of growth does not mean that the number of Internet users, who will continue to increase, but at rates lower. The study also noted the difficulty of achieving absolute spread (100 percent) in many countries of the Arab world, because of the high illiteracy rates in these countries.The process causes the slow progress of literacy in the Arab world to a large extent to the worsening of the problem and the increasing challenges of the spread of the Internet on a large scale. For example, you will not be able to any Arab country where the illiteracy rate exceeds 35 percent of achievement rate exceeds 65 percent of Internet penetration in the best way to while applying the latest techniques to identify the audio and visual means of communication, and audio are widely used in the region.
The study refers to the occupation of the Gulf states at the center of ratings mobile penetration in the Arab world
For its part, Gulf countries are least affected by the challenges posed by the spread of illiteracy compared to other Arab countries, in spite of coping with the problem of the same type caused by the presence of large numbers of the workforce are not eligible. The cause of these persons to increase the total rate of illiteracy in the Gulf States in a manner consistent, while the social and financial constraints limit the ability of the workforce is eligible to have the reading and writing skills in the use of the Internet.
The prevalence of mobile phones
The study showed that Gulf countries were able again to occupy center stage in the Arab world as the best performing in the area of the widespread use of mobile phones in 2009. However, the modern population statistics provided by official sources has caused a radical change in the classification of the Gulf states at the global level. The study showed a weakness in the estimation of population statistics in the countries of the Council in the preparation of global reports, which reflected the accuracy of the classification performance indicators of these countries in the area of spread of information technology and communications.
And proceeded study to address the situation of the United Arab Emirates, as revealed that “the International Telecommunication Union” (ITU) has put the UAE at the top of the rankings penetration rate of 232.07 percent for mobile phones, while classified report of the widespread use of information technology and telecoms, which was prepared by Kamli in collaboration with the “Orient Planet,” the UAE is ranked twenty-fifth spread globally at a rate of 136.8 percent. And references to the survey, the reason for this difference is due to the classification of “the International Telecommunication Union,” Depend on population statistics, old reports that the number of population of 4.6 million, while the new report was based on a population of 8.2 million people approximately, a figure more accurately according toreports of the “National Center for Statistics in the UAE, a federal authority has been officially established in 2009 to organize the work of the national statistical system.
And declined ranks occupied by some other GCC countries with regard to the proliferation of mobile phone use according to the classification of the report of the widespread use of information technology and communications, including: Bahrain, which is ranked third in the world according to the International Telecommunication Union rate of 199.38 percent as established by the report ranked thirty-seventh at 124.2 percent, and Qatar, which ranks sixth in the world according to the International Federation at 175.4 percent as established by the report ranked the eleventh rate of 151.5 percent, in addition to Oman, which ranked twenty-fifth of the world, according to the International Federation at 139.54 percent, while put the report in ranked thirty-third rate of 127.93 percent.
On the other hand, made the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which ranks seventh in the world according to the International Federation at 174.43 percent, up two places to rank fifth according to the report rate of 167.01 percent, like Kuwait, which progressed to the third session the rate of 114.08 percent, according to the classification of the report , after that was ranked seventy-eighth on the list of Union at 99.59 percent.
, “Said Abdul Kader Kamli:” Despite the great changes that have affected the order the rankings, the remaining Gulf countries on the list of Arab countries covered by the classification in the field of mobile penetration. Here we must refer to the approach of countries in the region of saturation in this area while bypassing most of rate of 100 percent in terms of the widespread use of mobile phones. will not have this negative impact on the revenue potential, especially with expectations by the providers of mobile services launched many new services and offers value-added to meet the evolving needs of customers and meet the challenges and changes in business processes. ” For his part, said Nidal Abou Zaki, General Manager, “Orient Planet”: “These results are positive indicators that reflect the remarkable development that has been achieved at the level of the spread of information and communication technology in the Arab world. And certainly will be of these results an important role in continuing efforts to eradicate digital illiteracy and build a younger generation is capable of supporting the e-transformation in the Gulf region in particular and the Arab world in general as well as create more job opportunities in the long run to advance the economic and social development. and emphasizes the study ability of Arab countries to benefit from successful international experiences to improve the level of preparedness information and develop strategic plans for effective decision-making and appropriate steps to promote growth at different levels. ”
The report pointed out that he can not maintain the rapid growth witnessed by the Arab world in the number of subscriptions to cellular mobile telephone services, and particularly in GCC countries, in the long run only in the developing economies in this area. He explained that the major markets in the region is about to reach the degree of saturation, where more than, for example, all the Gulf states as well as to Libya and Jordan, the threshold percent percent, while expected to be followed by five countries during the next five years. The report also revealed that the compound annual growth rate of the widespread use of mobile phones in the Arab world, which stood at 51.37 percent between 2004 and 2008, fell to 24.09 percent in the year 2009, it is also expected him to reach 6.26 percent between 2009 and 2014.
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