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Syria has the lowest average of SMS rates in the Arab World

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Within the Middle East region, Syria has the cheapest average SMS rates, followed by Iraq, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest according to research from the Arab Advisors Group.

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.

The report covers 52 cellular operators in 19 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

"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.

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