Even more than making phone calls…
The region’s smartphone users are beginning to move toward ‘mobile only’ content consumption, as mobile apps overtake traditional features of a mobile phone such as calls, email and messaging, it was revealed in a recent study by The Nielsen Company.
The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Information Technology report puts the number of internet users in the UAE at 75 percent, with the number of broadband internet subscribers at only 15 percent. This significant difference between users and subscribers can be attributed to the mobile phone penetration rate of 232 percent, with the UAE’s consumers opting to use mobile internet as their connection of choice for consumption of content online, moving to a ‘mobile only’ environment.
The past few years have seen an explosion in the use of mobile apps, and the outlook is set to increase even further from 10.7 billion downloads in 2010 to an estimated 182.7 billion in 2015 as forecast by global market intelligence firm, IDC.
“The ICT industry is rapidly growing and changing, and it is clear that the smartphone is becoming a key player in the ICT landscape through the expansion and development of apps and mobile content. The popularity, functionality and ability to personalise your smartphone with apps of your choice, will fuel the continued rise, with the Middle East poised to engage with this phenomenon as the various app stores open up across the region,” said Trixee Loh, SVP, World Trade Centre, organiser of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.
GITEX Mobile, Apps & Content World 2011 provides an array of opportunities to engage with the industry’s top practitioners and gurus via knowledge exchange opportunities with free-to-attend open panel debates, featuring speakers from the likes of RIM, Nokia, Mobile Entertainment Forum and more. Themed across four days, each daily debate will focus on mobile advertising, mobile gaming, mobile security and more. There will also be a series of dedicated developer days from Nokia and Blackberry, as well as the opportunity to meet with apps and content developers from across the region and internationally. Further fostering the drive to assist the evolving eco-system, GITEX will present a series sponsored networking events that will be held after hours, with a mix of exhibitors and select guests from the GITEX Digital Marketing sector, GITEX Mobile, Apps & Content World and the GITEX Cloud Confex all adding to the increased convergence currently uniting these 3 important ICT verticals.
Tom Farrell, General Manager, Nokia – Lower Gulf said, “Nokia recognizes the need to adopt new technologies to serve the ever-expanding needs of the technologically-savvy consumers and businesses in the region. The recent partnership with Etisalat to offer direct billing integration allowing Ovi Store customers to pay for apps instantly is one such example. Coupling this first of its kind service innovation with the over six million apps downloads a week in the Middle East, Nokia is in a strong position to ensure both consumers and developers’ constantly-evolving needs are always met.”
Eisa Al Ansari, General Manager for Advansoft said, “At Advansoft, we’re motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what’s most important to them – one key area of this development is the Mobile Apps market. The need for a comprehensive international ICT event that features the most important aspects of today’s technology industry is vital for the Middle East. GITEX has always offered the opportunity to reach new clients and introduce them to the latest services.”