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Universal Access PREPARATORY MEETING OF THE ARAB REGION FOR THE WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE Alexandria (Egypt) 17-19 October 2000.

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1 Universal Access PREPARATORY MEETING OF THE ARAB REGION FOR THE WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE Alexandria (Egypt) October 2000

2 Universal access to communications is the main reason why we are all here

3 What is Universal Access? Universal Service Telephone in most homes Universal Access Telephone within reasonable distance for everyone

4 Universal Service Households with a telephone (%), 1999 Gulf except KSA and Oman KSA Lebanon Syria-Oman-Jordan Maghreb Yemen LDCs Arab Region

5 Measuring Universal Access Total density Towns with telephone service Payphones –Per inhabitant –As % of main lines Mobile coverage Distance from a telephone Time from a telephone 0% 2% 3% 4% 5% Jordan-Djibouti-Qatar Oman-KSA- Sudan-Bahrain UAE – Morocco Tunisia Mauritania Algeria – Syria Egypt - Kuwait 1% Payphones as % of total fixed lines

6 Network growth 0.8 difference Fixed and mobile telephone subscribers per 100 inhabitants 3.2 difference

7 New telephone subscribers added World, millions Arab region, millions More mobile countries: Cambodia (93); Finland (98); Uganda, Ivory Coast, Portugal, Venezuela, Paraguay, S. Korea, Italy, Austria, Israel, Botswana (99); Japan, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, Philippines, Ireland…(2000) Since 96 more mobiles added

8 Morocco becomes the first Mobile subscribers in Morocco, 000s Mobile passes fixed High mobile coverage + pre-paid card = Universal Access?

9 Telephone density Fixed and mobile telephones per 100 inhabitants, 1999 Sep 2000

10 Digital divide in the Arab region Internet users as % of population 17% All developing countries

11 Financing access

12 Accounting rates Source: FCC. Average accounting rate with US, per minute, US$

13 Telecom revenue US$ 13.1 billion % of world total World Distribution of telecom revenue 1999 Arab region

14 Future work Definition and measurement of universal access Universal access / service policies Universal access / service funding Setting targets for region


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