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Posted On: 13 January 2009 08:21 am
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Qatar offers most affordable phone services in region

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People living in the UAE enjoy one of the lowest ADSL broadband internet rates in the Gulf, a study by media and telecommunications analysts has found. The latest report by Arab Advisors of 19 Middle East countries used the ADSL Affordability Measure (AAM) to calculate the total annual cost of ADSL in a country as a percentage of that country’s GDP per capital. The higher the ratio the less affordable the service is in that country. It found that the UAE registered at 1.3 percent, making it the lowest in the Gulf for broadband, closely followed by Kuwait at 1.8 percent, Bahrain at 2.3 percent and Saudi Arabia at 4.2 percent. Iraq and Mauritania had the most expensive services in the Middle East, registering at 58.8 percent and 92 percent respectively for speeds of 256 Kbps. For speeds of 512 Kbps, Qatar had the most affordable service registering at just 1.4 percent, followed closely by the UAE at 1.6 percent. Other countries in the study included Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Source: