Syria has region's lowest SMS prices
Report compares cost of national and international SMS in Arab World
Syria has the lowest average SMS prices in the Arab World, followed by Iraq, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest, according to a new report from Jordan-based Arab Advisors Group.
The research shows that the rate of SMS including taxes is highest in Morocco, followed by Lebanon, Qatar, Mauritania, Kuwait, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq, and Syria.
"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," said Hiba Rabadi, senior research analyst, Arab Advisors Group.
"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," she added.
The report, "SMS and MMS Rates in the Arab World 2013: A Regional Comparison", provides a detailed regional comparison and analysis of the 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.