Kuwaiti mobile users get best rates in Arab world

New research has revealed that Kuwait’s GSM market leads the Arab world in terms of competitive call pricing. The UAE and Bahrain are close contenders...

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  November 19, 2003

New research has revealed that Kuwait’s GSM market leads the Arab world in terms of call pricing. The UAE and Bahrain are close contenders, according to the report from the Arab Advisors Group, with Oman and Saudi Arabia coming behind. Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt straddle the middle ground.

The research covers twenty-two mobile operators in fourteen different Arab countries. The Arab Advisors Group conducted a full analysis of mobile phone rates relative to the wealth of the country. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE were revealed to have low cost mobile phone rates, relative to the examined countries GDP per capita. Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia still have high cost mobile rates, relative to the examined countries GDP per capita.

A new comprehensive regional trends report, Cellular Rates in the Arab World: A Regional Comparison, was released by the Arab Advisors Group’s Strategic Research Service.

The 41-page report, with 36 detailed exhibits, covers twenty-two mobile operators in fourteen different Arab countries. The report fully compares the prevailing mobile phone service rates across the markets and ranks them accordingly. The report draws conclusions on the level of fairness of the prevailing rates relative to the each country's economic situation.

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