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Sudan offers the lowest national SMS rates in the Arab World for both postpaid and prepaid customers.
Sunday, May 13, 2012

New research from the Arab Advisors Group reveals that 50 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. Sudan and Palestine have the lowest average SMS rates, while Morocco and Qatar 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 Qatar, Lebanon, Syria, Mauritania, Kuwait, Algeria, Libya, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Oman, Bahrain, Palestine and Sudan.

A new report, SMS and MMS Rates in the Arab World 2012: A Regional Comparison was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Strategic Research Services subscribers on April 19, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. 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.

Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report’s Table of Contents.

Any investment in this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing the report.

An investment in this report can also count towards attending Arab Advisors’ “The 9th Convergence Summit” on May 22 & 23, 2012 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman - Jordan, or could count towards attending “The 2nd Smart Handheld Summit 2012” on November 26 & 27, 2012 at The Address Dubai Marina Hotel in Dubai - UAE. 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 9th Convergence Summit conference can be viewed on: is the main sponsor of the conference; Motorola, Orange, Qualcomm, UmniahZain and Ericsson are among the companies who are sponsoring the event.

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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$ 0.058 for postpaid and US$ 0.062 for prepaid subscriptions, while the average rate of international SMS stands at US$ 0.166 for postpaid and US$ 0.168 for prepaid subscriptions.” Mr. Mohammed Al-Shawwa, Arab Advisors Group Senior Research Analyst, noted.

“The average international SMS tariffs are 2.71 times the average national SMS tariffs for prepaid customers, and are 2.87 times the average national SMS tariffs for postpaid customers.” Ms. Hiba Rabadi, Arab Advisors Group Research Analyst wrote in the report.  

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already produced over 2,950 reports on the Arab World’s communications, media and financial 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 665 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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