0
Internet

Number of internet users in Arab region rises 23% in 2 yrs

Friday 12 October 2012 | 13:26 CET | News
The number of active users of the internet in the Arab region has increased by 23 percent in the last two years, which is 1.6 times higher than the world average of 13 percent growth, according to Hatem Samman, director of Ideation Centre at Booz and Company. The Arab Digital Generation (ADG) constitutes 4 percent of the globally digital active users generation, Gulf News reported. Up to 90 million Arabs aged 15 to 35 years use the internet. It is expected that by 2030, about 38 percent of the Arab population will be using the internet. Samman was referring to a survey conducted by the company of 3,127 respondents from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Algeria and Egypt.

Samman said that Arabs read more news on the internet compared with others, stressing that 260 million are globally digitally active. Samman said social media account memberships have increased by 20-30 percent in the Arab world in the last two years, adding that the UAE has the highest penetration of online purchasees which is 12 per cent compared with a world average of 20 per cent. In 2006-2011, the number of internet users increased to a great extent.

This is reflected by the high percentage of Youtube playbacks in the Arab world compared with the rest of the world. Eight-five percent of internet users in Saudi Arabia use YouTube, 83 percent in the UAE and 74 percent in Egypt. The overall figure for YouTube users in the Mena is 167 million.



Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours. Subscribe now.

Categories: Internet
Companies: YouTube
Countries: Middle East
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.






smartphone penetration still on a rise
Netherlands  |  2015 Q1

Calendar   /   Industry Events

03 Aug Limelight Networks Q2 2015
03 Aug Frontier Communications Q2 2015
03 Aug Broadsoft Q2 2015
03 Aug Suddenlink Q2 2015
04 Aug Cable One Q2 2015
04 Aug Liberty Global Q2 2015
04 Aug Comptel Q2 2015
04 Aug TIM Brasil Q2 2015
04 Aug Internap Q2 2015
04 Aug Otelco Q2 2015
04 Aug Earthlink Q2 2015
04 Aug Charter Communications Q2 2015
04 Aug Sprint fiscal Q1
04 Aug Avaya fiscal Q3
04 Aug Bharti Airtel fiscal Q1
04 Aug Hutchison Telecom HK Q2 2015
04 Aug Evolving Systems Q2 2015
05 Aug AVG Technologies Q2 2015
05 Aug Motorola Solutions Q2 2015
05 Aug Dish Network Q2 2015
05 Aug Interxion Q2 2015
05 Aug CenturyLink Q2 2015
05 Aug NTT fiscal Q1
05 Aug Aerohive Networks Q2 2015
05 Aug Sky Deutschland fiscal Q4
05 Aug Fairpoint Communications Q2 2015
05 Aug Mitel Q2 2015
06 Aug Netia Q2 2015
06 Aug HTC Q2 2015
06 Aug Vimpelcom Q2 2015
::: More Calendar Items