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Morocco and Syria have the highest SMS rates in the Arab World
Monday, November 22, 2010

New research from the Arab Advisors Group reveals that 87%of Arab cellular operators provide the MMS service. The SMS service, which is providedby all mobile operators in the region, is priced quite differently across theregion. Yemen and Palestine have the lowest average SMS rates, while Morocco and Syria have the highest.

The research shows that the rate of SMS including taxes in Moroccois the highest. Morocco's highestrates are followed by Syria,Lebanon, Algeria, Qatar,Kuwait, Libya, UAE, Egypt,Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq,Oman, Bahrain, Sudan,Tunisia, Yemen and Palestine.

47 out of the 54 mobile operators covered, provide the MMSservice. Eight operators, provide it only on the same network without theability for cross network MMS sending.

A new report, “SMS andMMS rates in the Arab World:

A Regional Comparison” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Strategic Research Servicessubscribers on November 7, 2010. This report can be purchased from the ArabAdvisors Group for only US$ 950. The 38-page report, which has 17 detailedexhibits, provides a detailed regional comparison and analysis of the ShortMessaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) rates in theArab region. The report covers 54 cellular operators in the following 18countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt,Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait,Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,Oman, Palestine,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan,Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

The report’s TOC can be received from the Arab AdvisorsGroup upon request.

Any investment in this report will count towards an annualStrategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired withinthree months from purchasing the report.

Pleasecontact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report’s Table ofContents.

“The Arab Advisors Group’s regional analysis shows that theaverage rate of national SMS including taxes for the studied Arab cellularoperators is US$ 0.060 for prepaid and US$ 0.061 for postpaid subscriptions,while the average rate of international SMS stands at US$ 0.161 for prepaid andUS$ 0.160 for postpaid subscriptions. The average international SMS tariffs are2.67 times the average

national SMS tariffs for prepaid customers, and are 2.64times the average

national SMS tariffs for postpaid customers.” Ms. HadeelSakkijha and Mr. Mohammed Al-Shawwa, Arab Advisors analysts, wrote in thereport.

The Arab AdvisorsGroup’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over 2,100 reports on the Arab World’s communications, media and financialmarkets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through anannual subscription to Arab Advisors Group’s ( Strategic ResearchServices (Media and Telecom). To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 600 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecastsof Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can beviewed on

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