The number of subscribers to the services of telecommunications companies in Kuwait reached 6.51 million in the month of January, according to the data of the international Data Portal Corporation, reports Al-Rai daily. According to statistics prepared by the daily in this regard, this represents 8.5 percent of the total of 76.67 million subscribers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The statistics also revealed that the number of internet users in Kuwait is 4.3 million, which represents 5.8 percent of the total of 58.8 million users in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

On the other hand, the percentage of social media users in Kuwait, which is a total of 4.05 million users, constitute about 6.9 percent of the total of 58.89 million users in the six Gulf countries. The number of local phone subscribers decreased by 7.4 percent on an annual basis, constituting about 149.5 percent of the country’s population, which grew by 1.3 percent to 4.3 million people. According to Data Portal figures, the number of Internet users grew by 1.3 percent on an annual basis to reach about 4.3 million users, representing 99 percent of the number of residents in the country. The number of active social media users reached 4.05 million subscribers, which represents 93 percent of the population.

Ranks
Kuwait ranks third in the Gulf in terms of phone subscribers out of the total population. The UAE came first at about 169.4 percent with 17 million subscribers (10.04 million people). Qatar ranked second at about 151.8 percent with 4.48 million subscribers (2.96 million people). Kuwait came first in terms of the number of internet users out of the total population, with 4.3 million users making up 99 percent of the population.

The same percentage was recorded in Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE, which it was 97.9 percent in Saudi Arabia, and 95.8 percent in the Sultanate of Oman. Kuwait came third in the Gulf in terms of the proportion of social media users to the total population, reaching 93 percent with 4.05 million subscribers. The UAE came first with 106.1 percent (10.65 million users), and Qatar second with 99.8 percent (2.95 million people). The rate is 87.8 percent for Bahrain, 83.2 percent for the Sultanate of Oman, and 82.3 percent for Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, the number of telephone subscribers reached 41.03 million people, a growth of 3.3 percent.

They constitute 115.3 percent of the Saudi population of 35.59 million people. The number of internet users in Saudi Arabia has reached 34.84 million people, with a growth of 1.5 percent on an annual basis, representing 97.9 percent of the population. The users of social media sites, whose number increased by 5.4 percent to 29.3 million subscribers, constituted 82.3 percent of the total residents in Saudi Arabia.

As for the UAE, the number of subscribers to telecommunications companies is about 17 million, constituting 169.4 percent of the population, which grew by one percent to 10.04 million people this January. The number of internet users in the UAE is about 9.94 million users, with a growth of one percent on an annual basis, and constituting 99 percent of the population.

The number of subscribers to social networking sites is 10.65 million people, with a growth of 8.2 percent on an annual basis, and constituting 106.1 percent of the population. As for the Sultanate of Oman, the number of phone subscribers is about 5.87 million, which is down by 0.9 percent compared to January 2020. Their number represents 111.3 percent of the population, which in turn rose by 2.1 percent to 5.27 million people. The number of internet users reached 5.02 million users, with a growth of 2.1 percent on an annual basis, and constituting 95.2 percent of the population.

The users of social media sites increased by six percent to 4.39 million users, constituting 83.2 percent of the residents in Oman. The number of Qatar’s subscribers to telecommunications companies is about 4.48 million, which is a decrease by 2 percent on an annual basis, and constituting 151.8 percent of the country’s population of 2.96 million people. The number of internet users in Qatar increased by 1.7 percent to about 2.99 million users. The number of active users on social media reached about 2.95 million people, with a growth of 2.8 percent on an annual basis, equivalent to 99.8 percent of the country’s population. In addition, the number of phone subscribers in Bahrain has reached 1.78 million, with a growth of 1.6 percent on an annual basis, constituting 101 percent of the population of 1.77 million people. There are 1.75 million internet users in Bahrain, with an increase of 2.4 percent on an annual basis, representing 99 percent of the population. The number of social media users is about 1.55 million people, constituting 87.8 percent of the population.

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