The UAE tops the Gulf Information and Communication Index

Dubai: “The Gulf”

The report, “The use of information and communication technologies in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries for the year 2021”, showed that the GCC countries have been able to achieve a major leap in the use of information and communication technologies over the past two decades, to make a difference in the services provided to users through the development of digital infrastructure, and occupy a leading position at regional and global levels.

The report, prepared by Orient Planet Research, the independent unit of the Orient Planet Group, in collaboration with independent researcher and information and communication technology expert Abdel Qader Al Kameli, stated that the percentage of Internet users in the GCC countries exceeded 98 . %, and the number of mobile subscribers was 137.66% Total population during the year 2021.

Economic strategies

Nidal Abu Zaki, General Manager of Orient Planet Group, said: “The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have excellent communications and information infrastructure, which has enabled them to occupy highly advanced ranks at regional and global levels, with indicators of information and communication technology and digital transformation, thanks to the information and communication revolution that The World witnessed during the 1990s. The extent of development in the use of communication and information technology services has been reflected in the lifestyle, and has strengthened the role of the digital economy, so that the Arab Gulf states have become pioneers in information and communication technology, especially with the development of economic strategies stimulate diversification in preparation for the post-oil era.

Four indicators

In turn, Abdul-Qader Al-Kameli said: “The report of the Internet and Communications Usage Index in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries sheds light on the rates of Internet and communications penetration within the Gulf societies, based on four sub-indicators on measuring them on the population, based on the great relative importance of information technology and communication services.And its repercussions on the economies of countries, as increasing the levels of penetration of broadband internet usage is associated with significant gains in terms of economic growth compared to the use of narrowband internet, which leads to higher GDP growth per capita. ”

The report, based on the indicator of the use of information and communication technology in the Arabian Gulf, and data released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), showed that the levels of internet and communication service penetration in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries significantly exceeded. global averages, and is almost the highest worldwide in all regions.The percentage of internet users in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, compared to the population, is 98.21%, while the global average is 63%. The total mobile phone subscribers in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council relative to the population is about 137.66, while the world average is about 55%.

Broadband

The report indicated that the number of subscribers to fixed broadband services relative to the population recorded an average of 20.88% in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, while the percentage of subscribers to mobile broadband services reached an average of 138% of the total population.

The United Arab Emirates topped the ICT Usage Index for the Gulf Cooperation Council for the year 2021, which measures the rate of Internet penetration and telecommunications services, by 5.43 points, while Kuwait ranked second in the index with 3.74 points. , and Saudi Arabia. Arabia was third with 3.64 points, the state of Qatar in fourth place with 3.62 points, and the Sultanate of Oman in fifth place with 3.49 points, while Bahrain was in sixth place with 3.38 points.

Four indicators

The report attributes the UAE’s position to the top of the four sub-indices, as it is the index of the number of internet users with 100%, the index of the number of mobile subscribers with 185.78%, the index of the number of fixed broadband subscriptions with 32.81%, and the index of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions by 224.24%.

The state of Kuwait came in second place in the main index with 3.74 points, based on the sub-indices, as it is fourth in the index of the number of internet users with 98.60%, and second in the index of the number mobile subscribers with a rate of 158.53%, and the sixth place in the index of the number of domain subscriptions Fixed broadband with 1.73%, and second ranked in the indicator of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions with 127.44%.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked third with 3.64 points, after coming in an advanced arrangement in a number of sub-indicators to rank fifth in the indicators of the number of internet users and the number of subscribers on mobile services, with rates of 97.86% and 124.13%, respectively, and the second place in the indicator of the number of fixed broadband subscriptions with 22.66%, and the fourth place in the indicator of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions by 118.86%.

Qatar was fourth in the index with 3.62 points, after it ranked second in the index of the number of Internet users with 99.65%, and fourth in the index of the number of mobile subscribers with a rate of 131.84%, and also fourth in the index of the number of broadband subscriptions Fixed broadband with 10.28%, and third place in the indicator of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions with 120.31%.

The report showed that the Sultanate of Oman ranks fifth with 3.49 points in the main index based on its position in the sub-indices, to come in sixth place in the index of the number of internet users with a rate of 95.23%, and in third place in the indicators of the number of mobile subscribers and the number of fixed broadband subscriptions with rates of 133.85% and 10.85%, respectively, and the fifth place in the indicator of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions, with a rate of 114.85%.

And in sixth place came the Kingdom of Bahrain with 3.38 points. The report revealed that Bahrain ranks third in the index of the number of Internet users with a rate of 99.54%, and sixth in the index of the number of mobile subscribers with a rate of 102.77%, and fifth in the index of the number of fixed broadband subscriptions with 8.73%, and sixth place in the indicator of the number of mobile broadband subscriptions, with a rate of 109.37%.

Landlyn

At the level of fixed telephone lines, the report revealed that the UAE was at the top of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of the number of fixed telephone lines relative to the population by 24.07%, followed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 16.51%, Qatar third with 15.78%, while Bahrain ranks fourth with a rate of 15.67%, Kuwait fifth with 13.66%, and the Sultanate of Oman last with 12, 68%.

The report, “Information and Communication Technology Usage Index for the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries for the Year 2021”, reviewed Internet connectivity services and their role in advancing the pillars of the digital economy. He pointed out that the UAE is ranked first at the level of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of international bandwidth for each Internet user (bit / second), with the Internet user’s share reaching (0.551 megabytes per second), followed by the Kingdom of Bahrain with the Internet user’s share (0.454 megabytes per second) second), then the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia third with the Internet user’s share (0.351 Mbps), the state of Qatar in fourth place with the Internet user’s share ( 0.184 Mbps), the state of Kuwait fifth with the share of the internet user (0.167 Mbps), and the Sultanate of Oman The last share of the internet user (0.152 Mbps).

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