Posted by Bob Brunskill
Mobile phone adoption in the Middle East has risen dramatically over the last two years, new research shows.
According to figures from Dataxis Intelligence, mobile phone penetration in the region now stands at 87 per cent of the population - up from 57 per cent two years earlier.
This places the Middle East at nearly the same level as North America, the research body observed.
The study showed that the Middle East region, comprised of 14 countries, sustained its mobile market growth in the quarter to March 2010 with a four per cent sequential uptake, bringing the total number of mobile subscribers to more than 192 million.
It means that mobile subscribers in the region increased by over a half during the last two years, up from 120 million in the first quarter of 2008.
On average, the market grew 7.5 per cent and saw nine million new customers subscribing to mobile services each quarter, Dataxis Intelligence said.
Last week it was revealed that the Gulf Business Confidence Index by HSBC is now at its highest level for two years.