Sudan has the highest tax on mobile services

It also has the lowest average prepaid and postpaid minute rates in the Arab world
Postpaid and prepaid minute rates have dropped across the Arab world.
Postpaid and prepaid minute rates have dropped across the Arab world.


Sudan has the highest sales tax rate on cellular services in the Arab world, followed by Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco according to a new report from the Arab Advisors Group.

The report analysed the cellular tariffs for 48 cellular operators in 19 Arab countries. Some of its findings are below.

The average postpaid peak minute rate has dropped 7.01%, while off peak average minute rates decreased by 9.94% in July 2012 compared to September 2011. The average prepaid peak and off-peak rate also dropped 2.26% and 0.79%, respectively.

The study also revealed that postpaid average minute rates in Morocco, Palestine, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon and Kuwait are all above the average peak minute rate. Sudan had the lowest average postpaid minute rate.

Prepaid average minute rates in Morocco, Lebanon, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar are above the average peak minute rate. Sudan and Egypt had the lowest prepaid rates in the region.

The countries in which cellular rates were analysed were Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

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