The telecom market in the GCC has one of the highest penetration rates in the world with 170% mobile penetration and 77% internet penetration. The large number is attributable to ever rising population in the region and increasing number of expatriates.

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Telecom companies in the GCC are in the diversification phase. Etisalat and STC are aggressively acquiring companies and partnerships with local information and communication companies within and outside their countries. Oredoo has operations in 15 countries through subsidiaries. Such diversification leads to increase in fixed costs which include spectrum, licenses and laying down required infrastructure which are recurring in nature. Thus, they have to stick to a high tariff to maintain high revenues and a healthy margin.

In a fast paced world, it is important to stay abreast of latest developments, as effective business decisions needs to be supported with appropriate research.

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