Middle East shaping up to be a hot-bed for smartphone growth

Middle East shaping up to be a hot-bed for smartphone growth
While it is widely observed and accepted that Eastern Asia and India are the largest and the fastest growing mobile markets in the world, eventually growth rates will begin to plateau.

Then eyes will seek the next best thing for wireless growth, and that may very well be the Middle East. This region is not well known for making huge industrial advances, but consumer growth and mobile services across the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa are forecast to grow by more than two-thirds over the next four years.

According to a study by the GSM Association, there will be over 350 million mobile connections in the region, up from about 199 million at the end of 2014. That will still only account for about 70% of the overall market. Smartphone utilization is expected to triple, and make up the majority of new connections at that time, beyond 325 million subscribers. Mobile carriers have been burning the midnight oil to migrate old services out of 2G and 3G, and into 3G and 4G.

Such investments have fostered subscriber growth handsomely in the more developed countries like UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait, and overall mobile subscriber penetration is still at about 75%. Taken with more troubled regions not experiencing much investment at the moment, like Syria, Sudan, and Yemen, and it is clear to see room for explosive growth once the social and political unrest gets more stable (if it ever gets that way).

source: Tarifica Wireless

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17 Comments

1. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Eastern Asia and South Asia aka India, Pakistan and etc.:)

2. hateftotti

Posts: 223; Member since: May 03, 2011

DO NOT forget Iran. The biggest market in Middle East. With over 80 million people, My country has an exceptional potential to have the biggest share in MENA. There would be over 120million activated sim card in Iran by 2017 but only 50miilion cellphones are sold till now.

3. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Not if Iran has a nuclear "accident" that turns the entire middle east into radioactive glass. We can only hope......

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not funny or appropriate.

13. iRaymond

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Are you not concerned that Iran has a nuclear bomb .... America with the atomic bomb that was the whole world to come to Iran's territory and his blood was stuck ... Please selfless opinion, do not ...

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

What? I can't understand what the hell you are saying here

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So it's not that I'm just drunk, this person cannot write? Blah, good to know.

18. iRaymond

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What problems do you have with me? When the world does not know what the government's policy was complex that it was your head Bella ... America and other countries simply can not massacre the people of the world and the world of what happens by governments in the world no brutal Mtasfm..bhtrh you read a little history going on ... really bad ..

4. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm living in the Middle East and apparently so far, the people here only know Samsung and Apple, you'd be surprised if you see one person that owns an LG, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Lenovo or even Motorola (where it came to a point that a person told me, oh I thought Motorola died already). To the brands that are mentioned in my comment, I hope you're reading this, it's time to up your fking game and let the people know you exist! -from a person who owns a Motorola and HTC phones

5. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In my country all I see are people wasting 1000+$ on iPhones and Galaxies even though that's our minimum wage and everything else is also expensive.

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

in my country have all kind of phones even the usa exclusive ones

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Sammy dominates everywhere!

10. dirkadirkamurica

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

Cool! More advanced ways to detonate bombs!

11. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

...until they ran out of oil.

12. iRaymond

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Hello ... Why did not name Iran? Arabic countries where the political situation is very serious and stable is it? Arabic governments are falling day by day they ... Iran is politically and economically stable countries in the Arabic island field and a good place for investment were really sorry for the officials of the company who have no understanding of foreign policy. . I am going to bomb Iran, and so it's a good place to invest in global companies ... good luck..

14. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Why are Iranians so defensive when their country isn't mentioned? Iran wasn't mentioned here, because they don't have as high of a potential as the countries noted. Less than 50% of the population of Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Yemen have mobile subscriptions. So their potential is a lot more than a more stable and economically powerful Iran.

15. iRaymond

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

No ... wrong ... say they can not invest in countries that do not have political stability and, of course, if the country's economic stability and political stability not you look Arabic ... What I saw on Iran, sanctions against Iran and pick up a huge flood of investment in Iran so Iran should not be forgotten that the second largest economy in the Middle East and political stability were extraordinary high ... I do not have a country's potential as an investor and investment into the country and make it their own technology offers the potential of a country will go up ... good luck...

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