By Andy Sambidge
Arab Advisors Group says 26 operators so far provide wireless broadband in region.
Less than half of the telecom operators in the MENA region are offering WiMAX wireless broadband services, a new report has revealed.
The study by the Arab Advisors Group showed 26 out of 55 licensed operators were offering WiMAX.
It added that Yemen and Oman are slated to start WiMAX services in the second half of 2010.
WiMAX, the global standard-based technology for wireless broadband access, is commercially available in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE, the report said.
The Arab Advisors Group said it expects an increase of at least three more operators to offer WiMAX by end of 2010.
"There are still no detailed regulations specific to WiMAX in some Arab countries. Still, a few have specified the type of license that needs to be obtained to provide WiMAX service," Alaa Numair, research analyst at Arab Advisors Group, said in the report.