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Arab cell rates revealed: Egypt and Yemen are winners

Arab Advisors Group has analysed the cellular tariffs for 19 Arab countries - and 46 operators. The research shows that Egypt and Yemen are the winners in terms of low-cost cell rates.

A new report from Arab Advisors Group analyses the cellular tariffs for 46 cellular operators in 19 Arab countries. Operators in Lebanon are revealed as having the highest average cost of prepaid cellular minutes in the Arab World while those in Morocco have the highest average cost of postpaid cellular minutes. By contrast, Egypt and Yemen offer the lowest average cellular minute costs for prepaid and postpaid respectively.

Arab Advisors Group looked at cellular rates in the following 19 Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. In order to allow for comparisons, the report (Cellular rates in the Arab World: a regional comparison) focuses on the average cellular rates of these countries' 46 operational cellular providers.

In calculating the average cellular rates, the Arab Advisors Group relied on the simple average for all relevant packages and offers in each market. The average peak and off-peak minute rates in the report include the tariffs for both on-net and off-net traffic. The report also covers the airtime billing methods that the cellular operators use.

Cellular rates in the Arab World: a regional comparison is a 33-page report which has 21 detailed tables; it provides a comprehensive analysis of the cellular tariffs of the cellular operators in the Arab region. Cellular operators that were functioning by the end of December 2008 were analysed although three companies for which reliable information could not be obtained are not featured.

One comment on this complex market came from Mrs Faten Bader, Arab Advisors Group Senior Research Analyst: "Increased competition in Arab cellular markets is driving operators into adopting billing per second or fractions of a minute. As of October/November 2009, an array of 13 different billing methods was in use by the 46 cellular operators...14 operators still use the traditional (and most profitable) per minute billing. Although the majority of operators have abandoned this method, it is still the most common billing method utilised, as it is utilised in 39% of postpaid billing methods and 37% of prepaid billing methods. Per second billing, which offers the best value for end users, is the basis for a total of eight operators in the Arab World."

Cellular rates in the Arab World: a regional comparison can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for US$950.

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