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Lebanon's Mobile Penetration Leaps

Lebanon ranked in 130th place among 195 countries at the end of 2011 in terms of mobile cellular penetration, which is the number of

subscriptions to the service per 100 inhabitants, according to figures released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

 

Lebanon's rank improved by three spots from its rank in 2010 based on the same number of countries year-on-year, as the ITU did not include data for 23 countries in the 2011 survey, as reported by Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank newsletter.

 

Lebanon also came in 13th place among 18 Arab countries and ranked in 40th place among 43 upper middle income  countries  (UMICs)  included  in  the  survey.  Lebanon's  rank  was unchanged among UMICs and improved by one spot in the Arab world from the previous year. On a global basis, Lebanon had a higher penetration rate than Iraq, Andorra and Canada, and a lower rate than Nicaragua, French Polynesia and Cape Verde. Also, it ranked ahead of Palau, Iran and Cuba and came behind Bosnia & Herzegovina, Fiji and Mexico among UMICs. Lebanon had 78.7 mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2011, constituting an increase from 68 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2010.

 

Lebanon's penetration rate was similar to that in developing economies, but lower than  the global average of 86.7 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants and the Arab average of 96.7 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants last year.

Mobile cellular penetration in Lebanon grew by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8% during the 2006-2011 period com- pared to a CAGR of 21.1% for developing economies and 19.7% for Arab countries.

In parallel, Lebanon ranked in 77th place among 191 countries in terms of fixed telephone lines penetration last year, which represents the number of subscriptions to fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants. Lebanon also ranked in second place among 18 Arab countries and in 19th position among 42 UMICs. Lebanon's rank improved by two spots worldwide and by one place among UMICs, but regressed by one spot among Arab countries year-on-year.

 

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