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Syria has the lowest average of SMS rates in the Arab World
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New research from the Arab Advisors Group reveals that 46 out of the 52 Arab cellular operators provide the MMS service. The SMS service, which is provided by all mobile operators in the region, is priced quite differently across the region. Syria has the lowest average SMS rates, followed by Iraq, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest.
The research shows that the rate of SMS including taxes in Morocco is the highest. Morocco's highest rates are followed by Lebanon, Qatar, Mauritania, Kuwait, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq, and Syria.
A new report, "SMS and MMS Rates in the Arab World 2013: A Regional Comparison" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Strategic Research Services subscribers on December 21, 2013. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,200. The 32-page report, which has 17 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed regional comparison and analysis of the Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) rates in the Arab region. The report covers 52 cellular operators in the following 19 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.
Any investment in this report will count towards attending Arab Advisors' 11th Convergence Summit on June 2 & 3, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge. More information on the summit can be viewed on
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"The Arab Advisors Group's regional analysis shows that the average rate of national SMS including taxes for the studied Arab cellular operators is US$ 0.057 for postpaid and prepaid subscriptions, while the average rate of international SMS stands at US$ 0.162 for postpaid and US$ 0.159 for prepaid subscriptions." Ms. Hiba Rabadi, Arab Advisors Group Senior Research Analyst, noted.
"The average international SMS tariffs are 2.848 times the average national SMS tariffs for postpaid customers, and are 2.845 times the average national SMS tariffs for prepaid customers."Ms. Rabadi added.
The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 3,825 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).
To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 695 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on
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Arab Advisors Group's Arabic name is مجموعة المرشدين العرب  
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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media and technology markets.
Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecoms) are annual subscriptions. The services cover nineteen countries in the Arab World: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.
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