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Number of Internet users in Lebanon at 3.2 million in 2017, Internet penetration to reach 69%

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - June 09, 2014, 09h27
The Dubai-based ICT market research firm MADAR Research & Development projected the number of Internet users in Lebanon at 3.2 million in 2017 compared to two million users in 2012, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported.

The number of Internet users in Lebanon would account for 4.1% of total Internet users in the Levant region in 2017 relative to a share of 4.6% in 2012, while they would account for 1.6% of total Arab users in 2017 compared to a share of 1.8% in 2012.

The number of Interest users in Lebanon would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10% during the 2012-17 period compared to a CAGR of 12.1% for users in the Levant and a CAGR of 11.2% for Arab users, and relative to a CAGR of 8.5% for users in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Lebanon would post the second-slowest CAGR among 18 Arab countries, similar to that of the UAE, Jordan and Morocco, and higher than that of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait (+8% each).

In parallel, the Internet penetration rate in Lebanon, or the number of Internet users to the total population, would reach 69.2% at the end of 2017 compared to a penetration rate of 45.1% at the end of 2012. In comparison, Internet penetration in the Levant would rise to 50% at the end of 2017 from 28.5% at the end of 2012, while that of Arab countries would increase to 51.4% from 31.9% at the end of 2012.

Also, Internet penetration in GCC economies would rise to 66.8% at the end of 2017 from 53.6% at the end of 2012. Lebanon would have the fifth highest penetration rate among Arab countries by 2017, lower than only Bahrain (87.4%), Kuwait (73.7%), Morocco (72.4%) and the UAE (72.2%).

In comparison, the Internet penetration rate in Lebanon was the seventh highest among Arab countries in 2012, lower than only Bahrain (65.7%), Kuwait (59.3%), the UAE (57.2%), Qatar (54.9%), Saudi Arabia (53.4%) and Morocco (47.4%).
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