The total number of 3G subscribers in the Middle East region is expected to cross the four million mark by the end of 2010, which represents a 60% CAGR, according to a report from RNCOS, a leading market research and information analysis company. Given that recent global Internet penetration reports have also shown that key Middle East countries like Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE have posted high household broadband penetration, and Saudi Arabia, the region's largest country, is also starting to post growth in broadband penetration, the demand for the latest services is set to continue. Confident that regional Service Providers are upbeat on high performance 3G and 4G technologies, NETGEAR Inc. a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Service Providers, has announced its plans to deliver new technologies and products to Service Providers that can best suit the demands of their subscribers.
In a related move, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has pointed out that Internet Service Providers, both in the UAE and the rest of the region, have already started to implement new technologies and services in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoiP), faster broadband, and the opening up of the telecommunications market. Widely accepted that high-quality and widespread broadband access enhances a country's economy and boosts both the public and private sector, the report also shares that UAE broadband traffic and smartphone usage is currently the highest in the region. The TRA has also revealed that the liberalization of data centers and cloud computing will be the next big trends in the industry, and these trends will be the Authority's national focus in the next few years, all of which augur well for the upcoming global launch of a range of products from NETGEAR at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
"More and more people in the Middle East region are expected to make the 3G / 4G shift by the end of 2010; an increase expected to be so big that it will actually shatter the four million subscriber marker," said Ahmad Zeidan, Channel Sales Manager, NETGEAR Middle East. "Consumers have become more open to the use of modern technology and integrating it in their daily functions. NETGEAR sees this growing demand and would like to capitalize on it by introducing new technologies and services to the region's ISP's – offering key technologies that seek to enhance mobile connectivity and home security. Moreover, we remain upbeat about this growth and we aim to reinforce partnerships in key areas like KSA and Qatar."
NETGEAR has announced its participation in the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will run from January 6 to January 9, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, which is known to be one of the largest major technology related trade shows, will allow NETGEAR to launch its latest line of broadband Internet access technologies, products and services that have been specifically designed to help boost Service Provider's coverage and service performance - giving subscribers a whole new experience in broadband and VoIP technology.
"NETGEAR remains constant in its commitment to the research and development of new technologies that satisfy user expectations from all classes of Service Providers in the Middle East region," concluded Zeidan.