GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index Highlights United Arab Emirates as Mobile Internet Leader
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increased its overall score on the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index by five points over the last two years, according to new data published today at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Middle East and North Africa event in Dubai. Between 2014 and 2016, the UAE demonstrated progress across all four enablers for mobile internet adoption as measured by the Mobile Connectivity Index: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content. Its overall score over the two-year period increased from 67 to 72, well above the global (59) and regional (58) averages. The new data forms part of the latest edition of the Mobile Connectivity Index, which is now available at www.mobileconnectivityindex.com and includes data on 150 countries worldwide.
“The UAE added around half a million new mobile internet subscribers between 2014 and 2016, which means that almost 80 per cent of the country’s population is now using mobile devices to access the internet, underlining the UAE’s position as one of the most advanced markets in the world in terms of mobile internet adoption,” said Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA region at the GSMA. “This improvement was driven particularly by increasing mobile network quality and the availability of more locally relevant mobile apps and social media content.”
Progress on Delivering a Global Mobile Internet Platform
On a global basis, the average Mobile Connectivity Index score increased six points to 59 between 2014 and 2016. At the end of last year, there were approximately 3.5 billion mobile internet subscribers, representing just under half of the global population. Improvements in the global score have been driven by the development of more relevant content in local languages; better infrastructure (particularly network coverage and quality), assisted by the availability of more spectrum; and more affordable devices and mobile data services. However, despite progress over the last two years, more than half of the world’s population – around 4 billion people – remain offline and are excluded from the powerful opportunities for social and economic development that the mobile internet enables.
GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index scores, UAE v regional/global averages (2016)
|UAE||MENA region (average)||
|Mobile internet adoption enablers:|
|Overall Mobile Connectivity Index score||72||58||59|
|Mobile internet subscribers||7.5m||210m||3,500m|
|Mobile internet penetration (% of population)||78%||38%||48%|
Source: GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index
Measuring Market Foundations for Mobile Internet Adoption
The GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index is designed to support the efforts of the mobile industry and the wider international community to deliver on the ambition of universal access to the internet. The Index has recently been updated to include 2016 data and a range of new features, including improved indicators to measure the affordability of mobile services and the creation of content. The web tool also now offers users the opportunity to compare country scores over time.
The Index now measures the performance of 150 countries, representing 98 per cent of the world’s population. It measures markets on each of the four key enablers and produces an overall composite score, which reflects the the strength of the foundations to support widespread adoption of the mobile internet. The four key enablers are:
- Infrastructure – the availability and quality of high performance mobile internet network coverage. Without network coverage, people cannot get online, and without high-performing networks it is more difficult to access the full potential of the internet.
- Affordability – the availability of mobile services and devices at price points that reflect the level of income across a national population. Aside from prices and incomes, affordability is also affected by the level of taxation, as well as inequality – if income distribution is skewed towards a small proportion of the population, the mobile internet will remain unaffordable for many people.
- Consumer Readiness – citizens with the awareness and skills needed to value and use the internet. Without the necessary skills and supporting cultural environment, individuals may not understand how to use the mobile internet or appreciate how it can benefit them. Some individuals, especially women, might also find themselves prevented from accessing the mobile internet in some countries.
- Content – the availability of online content and services that are accessible and relevant to the local population. Consumers are less likely to connect to the mobile internet unless there is online content and services that are relevant and would be of benefit to them. This might be as simple as having content in their native language or it might be the availability of certain apps or services such as social media, banking or education.
The Mobile Connectivity Index allows users to explore in detail the performance of individual countries, compare countries against each other, and investigate the different dimensions and indicators that feed into each of the enablers. The free-to-use tool is accessible at www.mobileconnectivityindex.com .
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.
Om Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Følg saker fra Business Wire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Business Wire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Business Wire
Zonoville Investments Limited Announces Agreement on Acquisition of RUSAL Shares19.2.2018 18:19 | Pressemelding
Zonoville Investments Limited, a consortium of investors led by Renova Group and Access Industries, announced today that it had reached an agreement with Onexim Group to purchase its 6% stake in the United Company RUSAL Plc. Following completion of the purchase, Zonoville Investments Limited and its associate SUAL Partners Limited will hold, in aggregate, approximately a 26.5% interest in United Company RUSAL Plc. About Renova Renova Group of companies (www.renova.ru) is a major private Russian business group which owns and manages assets in metallurgy, mining, chemical, construction, transport, energy, telecommunications, high-tech engineering, public utilities, medicine and financial sectors in Russia and abroad (CIS, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and the United States of America). Renova’s largest assets include its interests in UC Rusal, T Plus Group, OCTO Telematics and Swiss-based technology concerns Schmolz+Bickenbach, OC Oerlikon, and Sulzer. About Access Industries Founded
The Digital Health Technology Show: The Leading Show for Healthcare Innovation Comes to London19.2.2018 18:05 | Pressemelding
Medical innovation will take centre stage for 2018, at the largest wearables and disruptive health technology event in the world, with never before-seen devices and applications and a raft of industry-leading speakers. The Digital Health Technology Show returns to London on the 13th & 14th March 2018 at London’s Excel, gathering together more than 6,000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. The 2018 Conference programme boasts three tracks, with over 100 hours of content programmed. Attendees can choose to attend talks on the Digital Health Disrupt Stage – covering global innovation in healthcare, the Leadership Theatre – where senior healthcare figures in the UK will discuss and debate the challenges ahead, or the Patient Engagement Stage – delivering insights into how technology is being used in the real world. There will also be demonstrations of the latest medical innovations on the Innovation Stage, which will also host a start up competition – The Health Innovation Award. Over 200 s
World Patient Safety Summit is Sold Out But Space is Available at the Breakout Sessions, Held the Day after the World Summit, at the Royal Society in London19.2.2018 13:00 | Pressemelding
The latest advances in vaccine safety, reducing unnecessary C-sections and person & patient engagement will be among the varied breakout sessions offered the day after the 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in London by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The breakout sessions will convene on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the prestigious Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180219005119/en/ Limited Space available to participate with experts at the 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit Break Out Sessions at the Royal Society in London (Photo: Business Wire) The breakout sessions are full-day working meetings structured for shared learning on existing Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) – collaborative, evidence-based pro
Tampere Attracts AV Productions with a New Incentive19.2.2018 12:41 | Pressemelding
One of the City of Tampere’s strategic goals is to be an international meeting place for creativity and innovation. The development of the experience economy is an essential focus of the city’s business policy. The incentive system is being used to attract more local, national and international productions to the Tampere region. The goal is to promote the development of the industry and to increase the number of jobs and the turnover of commercial productions in Tampere. Through the incentive system, an audiovisual production may recover some of the costs it has spent on wages and service purchases in the Tampere region. A production meeting the incentive criteria may be refunded 10–15 per cent of the accepted costs accrued in the region. Professional productions that utilise the Tampere region as their location or use expertise from the area may apply for the incentive. Thanks to the growing number of productions, Tampere will become more visible in films and TV shows, which will add
Tempo Grows Revenue by 38% in 2017 to $17.9 Million19.2.2018 11:14 | Pressemelding
Tempo, creator of efficiency-enhancing project management software solutions for Atlassian’s Jira platform, announced strong results for its 2017 fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. “2017 marks another productive and successful year for Tempo, with December our highest grossing month ever and sales across our product range exceeding expectations,” commented Agust Einarsson, CEO, “The completion of our new cloud infrastructure and successful migration of our entire customer base to Amazon Web Services (AWS) marks a strategic milestone, empowering Tempo with a more scalable underlying platform and enabling us to deploy products to customers faster.” Highlights for 2017 include: Revenue grew 38% year-over-year to US$17.9 million Almost 2,000 new customers were acquired Launched our new cloud infrastructure Expanded product footprint beyond the Atlassian environment with Tempo for Slack North American operations continued to grow More than 120 partners worldwide Celebrated our 10-year an
Morrow Sodali Announces Appointment of David Shammai as Corporate Governance Director - Cross Border19.2.2018 10:05 | Pressemelding
Morrow Sodali today announced that David Shammai has joined the firm as Corporate Governance Director - Cross Border. David joins from APG Asset Management, the Dutch pension fund manager, where in his role as senior corporate governance specialist he was involved in voting, policy, and engagement. Based in the London office, David will focus on the firm’s growing corporate governance activities across its European offices. Together with Morrow Sodali’s expanding team of corporate governance professionals, David will work to further develop the firm’s governance services – ranging from benchmarking and assessments of governance practice to board advisory on engagement with investors. “At Morrow Sodali we recognise that today many of our clients face growing needs for an in-depth and meaningful dialogue with their investors on a broadening range of topics. Having David onboard - from one of the world’s largest fiduciary asset managers - demonstrates our reinforced commitment to helping