Digital Digest Q4 2013


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Our quarterly round up of Internet and Technology developments from across the Middle East and elsewhere on the globe is back, in a whole new look! Check it out for many stories from 2013's last quarter that you don't want to miss.

This issue contains stories about social media uptake in the middle east, with unique data from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn that will help you understand the region's social media users better.

Also explore a variety of technology related stories including data from the latest broadband commission report that might surprise you, as well as stories of mobile phone uptake in the region.

Find a collection of digital content news, like YouTube's new Middle East domains and the status of digital advertising in the region. Also learn what percentage of Egyptian ADULTS are online gamers.

Finally, explore three stories from outside the Middle East that will keep you posted about global trends.

Published in: Social Media, Technology, Business

Digital Digest Q4 2013

  1. 1. Digital Digest Issue 10, Q4 2013
  2. 2. Highlights Facebook publishes MENA data Saudi is Twitter’s most active country 45.2% of phone in MENA are Nokia 354 million mobiles live in MENA How UAE loves the mobile web Cairo’s new Tech Park opens YouTube adds MENA domains Arabic online education platform launches South Korea rules on online gaming 30% of US adults get news from Facebook
  3. 3. Social Media
  4. 4. Facebook publishes MENA data for the first time 28 million log on daily 15 million via mobile 33 million access their accounts each month via a phone or tablet Qatar Tribune: Infographic:
  5. 5. MENA home to the most active country in the world on Twitter Saudi Arabia has the highest Twitter penetration in the world The Top 5 countries - in terms of user penetration - are all non-English speaking Peer Reach:` Mashable:
  6. 6. LinkedIn users in MENA: key demographics published 2 in 5 LinkedIn members in MENA hold Manager positions or above 36% access the site via mobile
  7. 7. Technology
  8. 8. Qatar & Bahrain in Top 12 countries for highest Internet penetration The top 10 countries for Internet usage are all in Europe except New Zealand (8th) and Qatar (10th) Percentage of Individuals using the Internet, Worldwide, 2012 Broadband Commission:
  9. 9. There are 354 million mobile subscriptions in MENA Of the 6 million new mobile subscriptions in MENA in Q3 2013, 4 million were in Egypt Ericsson: Ericsson Image, Flickr:
  10. 10. Nokia makes up 45.2% of all phones in MENA IDC: In MENA two phones in five are smartphones Smartphone volumes up 16.4% in Q2 2013 compared to Q2 2012
  11. 11. UAE home to some of the heaviest mobile web users in the world 37% of consumers in UAE use the mobile web for 6+ hours a day Netbiscuits:
  12. 12. Mada launches Arab World’s first Assistive Technology Portal This free resource offers AT tools and solutions for people with disabilities; with content in Arabic and English Mada: Digital Qatar:
  13. 13. A mini Silicon Valley? Cairo’s new Tech Park opens The “GrEEK Campus” will host startups, alongside Egyptian and international technology companies. ZDNet: Greek Campus: Image:
  14. 14. Digital Content
  15. 15. Arabic content online: new stats Now the 8th most used language on the web Music, games and video are the most downloaded types of Arabic content Alarabiya:
  16. 16. MENA users value ads on their mobile Vserv on SlideShare:
  17. 17. Digital advertising in MENA expected to grow +37% a year Online advertising in MENA expected to reach $1 billion in 2017, up from $300 million today Tradearabia: Go-Gulf:
  18. 18. New and existing edX courses to be available in Arabic Launch of Edraak sees first massive open online course (MOOC) platform for the Middle East edX is a virtual education platform founded by Harvard and MIT Harvard Crimson: Edraak:
  19. 19. Online gaming in Egypt is popular 30% of Egyptian adults play online games 21.9% of Egyptian households have gaming consoles Arab Advisors: Comscore data mine:
  20. 20. YouTube adds more MENA versions With 300m daily views, YouTube plans to add new local domains for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman Albawaba: Image:
  21. 21. Global Stories
  22. 22. South Korea determines online gaming is “addictive” And announces plans to regulate it in similar ways to alcohol and drugs Korean gaming industry makes up 60% of the nation's entire content market 55,000+ people sign an online petition calling for a rejection of the proposals The Fix: Voices:
  23. 23. The Rise of Android Global Web Index report shows that Android is now the most used operating system, and usage of this o/s is growing fast Global Web Index:
  24. 24. Tech Savvy Toddlers: How US children aged 0-8 use ICT Common Sense Media:
  25. 25. 30% of US adults get news from Facebook Pew Research Journalism Project:
  26. 26. Disclaimer: All content in these slides is in the public domain and referenced so that you can read the original sources. Thanks for reading Visit our SlideShare channel for previous issues and our monthly Tech Top 10: Contact Us: Twitter: @ictqatar