Iraq Has Most Expensive ADSL Broadband

The Arab Advisors Group analyzed the ADSL rates in nineteen Arab countries. Iraq and Lebanon have the highest ADSL fees, while Morocco and Egypt have the lowest fees. When rates are analyzed in relation to GDP per capita in each country, the GCC countries and Morocco lead the pack.

ADSL remains the prevailing Internet broadband technology in the Arab World. Uptake is strong in most countries especially as ISPs launch promotions and reduce their rates. The Arab Advisors Group has analyzed the ADSL service provision and rates in the following nineteen Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

The Arab Advisors Group’s analysis revealed that the 1024 Kbps speed is the most common speed offered in the Arab region. The average total annual cost for the 1024 Kbps residential ADSL service in the Arab region stands at US$ 736.4 per year. Rates are lowest in Morocco followed by Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, Kuwait, Oman, Mauritania, Syria, Qatar, KSA, Libya, Bahrain, UAE, Sudan, Lebanon, while Iraq offers the highest rate. Libya does not have the 1024 Kbps ADSL speed; however, the Arab Advisors Group’s ranking for the country is based on extrapolating from its rates of other speeds. The research also revealed that ISPs tend to waive ADSL connection fees as part of their ongoing promotions.

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