On the Average revenue per use front, Qatars Qtel recorded the highest ARPU for fixed services, while Zain Kuwait recorded the highest ARPU for cellular services by H1 2008.
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The Arab cellular markets continue to grow at a high pace, while the fixed line markets are either growing slowly or stagnating. By H1 2008, cellular operators added around 18 million subscribers while all the fixed line operators added a mere 1.4 million mainlines. Cellular operators in Egypt and Saudi recorded the highest subscriber additions in by H1 2008. MobiNil topped the ranks with 2.121 million added subscribers by H1 2008 Mr. Issa Goussous, Sr. research analyst at Arab Advisors Group wrote in the report. Competition in cellular services is a main driver for growth. Several cellular operators recorded high growth rates by H1 2008. Al Madar Aljadid in Libya recorded the highest growth rate amongst all cellular operators, which stood at 57.1%, followed by UAEs du at 53.3% Mr. Goussous added.
The report covers cellular and fixed operators in addition to Integrated Communications Providers (ICPs) that provide both fixed and mobile services. The ICPs covered include Algerie Telecom (Algeria), Batelco and Zain Bahrain (Bahrain), Etisalat and du (UAE), Jordan Telecom Group (Jordan), Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom and Wana (Morocco), Paltel (Palestine), Qtel (Qatar), Saudi Telecommunications Company (Saudi Arabia), Tunisie Telecom (Tunisia), Sudatel ( it provides mobile services under the brand name Sudani), Mauritel and Chinguitel (Mauritania) and Omantel (Oman).
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