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Arabic Statistics on Internet Users

QUOTE FROM YAHOO NEWS 3-12: DOHA (AFP) - The Arab world is lagging behind in the digital revolution, with Internet users making up less than four percent of its population, according to participants in a telecommunications development conference in Doha.

"The Arab presence on the Internet is almost zilch ... not more than a few websites providing information or personal sites," said Syrian Telecommunications and Technology Minister Amr Salem. This is due to technical factors, notably "the absence of an Arab portal, which means connections on the network have to go through Europe or the United States, pushing up costs," he said.

Salem said other reasons were "the lack of a juridical framework covering the Arab region and investors' hesitation" to put their money in the telecommunications sector, which is booming in industrialized countries. According to statistics compiled by the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a co-organizer of the week-long Doha conference ending on March 15, the 22 Arab League members had only 11.7 million Internet users out of a total population of 316 million in 2004.

This amounts to a 3.7 percent penetration rate in the region, whose combined Gross Domestic Product totals 813 billion dollars and per capita income reaches 2,571 dollars. In contrast, the use of mobile phones is expanding in Arab states, with 45.9 million subscribers in 2004 -- a penetration rate of 14.51 percent -- compared to 27.1 million landline subscribers, which amounts to an 8.59 percent penetration rate.

The Group of Eight leading industrial nations had a total of 429 million Internet users in 2004, nearly as much as the rest of the world combined -- 444 million. Internet use is growing at varying rates in the Arab world, the ITU's representative in the region, Ibrahim Haddad, told AFP, pointing to a "very rapid" growth in the oil-rich Gulf monarchies. "But Arab countries generally suffer problems related to infrastructure, poverty and illiteracy -- particularly digital illiteracy," he said. Salem said Arab states were conscious of the need to tackle such difficulties. END QUOTE
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This would change slowly over the next few years, it would not be unreasonable to see at least the penetration rate double from 3.7 to maybe 6 percent in the medium term.
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Re: Arabic Statistics on Internet Users

I agree completely. Just an interesting article for those that are investing in Arabic IDNs- and I am included in that. Reminds all to be diversified.

Also a factor is that $100 laptops fixing to be rolled out over the next year, and when that production ramps up, internet use around the world will increase dramatically. Not sure how they will decide who gets them...certainly demand will exceed supply for a few years.
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This article just shows how HUGE the potential is for Arabic IDNs. It may take a little time but with 300 million people it's a nice market to be in.
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$100 laptops.... They will be cheaper than most cellphones - I hope they come soon.
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Re: Arabic Statistics on Internet Users

I think Dave's strategy of going for prime keywords than specific language(s) really works, at least for PPC.
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$100 laptops.... They will be cheaper than most cellphones - I hope they come soon.
THIS WAS PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 26th in "TODAYS NEWS"

QUOTE: U.N. Lends Backing to the $100 Laptop
January 25, 2006, DAVOS, Switzerland –
The United Nations on Thursday lent its support to a project which aims to ship inexpensive, hand-cranked laptops to school-aged children worldwide. Kemal Dervis, head of the U.N. Development Program, will sign a memorandum of understanding Saturday with Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop per Child, on the $100 laptop project, at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. The program aims to ship 1 million units by the end of next year to sell to governments at cost for distribution to school children and teachers. UNDP will work with Negroponte's organization to deliver "technology and resources to targeted schools in the least developed countries," the U.N. agency said in a statement.
Negroponte wants to start shipping the cheap laptop, which is to have wireless network access and a hand-crank to provide electricity, later THIS YEAR. The aim is to have governments or donors buy them and give full ownership to the children.
Negroponte, who is also chairman of the MIT Media Lab, has said he expects to sell 1 million of them to Brazil, Thailand, Egypt and Nigeria. The laptop is expected to run on an open-source operating system, such as Linux.The devices will be lime green in color, with a yellow hand crank, to make them appealing to children and, so the thinking goes, to fend off potential thieves. END QUOTE

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OUR NOTE ON ABOVE- With cheap computers the need and use for IDN's will increase even faster. Just another engine on the IDN express!
It would get more lower class individuals online........ If the computers are $100 then how can the lower income people afford to buy things you might advertise to them on your idn domains?
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It would get more lower class individuals online........ If the computers are $100 then how can the lower income people afford to buy things you might advertise to them on your idn domains?

$100 PC aside, it's not true that getting more people online will mean getting in all the lower class people, a lot of net worth and older people, business owners, etc, are not PC literate. Also, in many cases, the lines are bad - and only dialup service is available in many cities/towns.

In any event, any kind of economic progress takes decades, it took Europe, America and Japan between 60 - 150 years to industrialize. In many places, this kind of progress started only a few years ago.

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It would get more lower class individuals online........ If the computers are $100 then how can the lower income people afford to buy things you might advertise to them on your idn domains?
I think they will be more put in schools and perhaps other public places. They are taling about rolling out like 10,000,000 of these over the next few years. As more people start wanting access to them, computers will start to show up in internet cafes, post offices, stores. Might even help drive the cost of computers down, again building the market and help educate people so they can make a better life.

Education is equally as important as a good economy and that is the point of this initiative. The stakes are high in the world today, and the more freedom of information that is available will be a good thing in the global community.
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It would get more lower class individuals online........ If the computers are $100 then how can the lower income people afford to buy things you might advertise to them on your idn domains?
Simple. They will click on porn PPC links just like the millions of others who will do the same.
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