Egypt and Jordan have cheapest cellular plans in the Arab World - new report

A new report from Arab Advisors Group also says Mauritania and Lebanon were home to the most expensive plans.
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The report also says the average cellular plan in the Arab World is about $86 per month.

A new report from Arab Advisors Group analysing the rates for 48 cellular operators in 19 Arab countries has found that Lebanon and Mauritania had the highest average prepaid and postpaid package rates. Egypt scored the lowest average postpaid package rate, and Jordan the lowest average prepaid package rate.

The analysis, conducted in May this year, revealed the average postpaid package rate in the Arab World was about $86 per month, while the average prepaid rate was $104.47 per month.

“Nine countries had fair-to-average postpaid package rates in terms of relative pricing status,” explains Lama Shamayleh, a research analyst at Arab Advisors. “Meanwhile, seven countries had fair-to-average prepaid package rates.”

Hala Asfour, another research analyst at Arab Advisors Group, says more. “Eight countries imposed connection fees for the prepaid monthly packages that were included in the analysis,” she explains. “Bahrain scored the highest average prepaid connection fees, standing at $8.42. Moreover, three countries imposed connection fees for the postpaid monthly packages that were included in the report. The average postpaid connection fees for the three countries stood at $22.14, by May 2018.”

Arab Advisors Group has produced more than 4,950 reports on the Arab World’s communications, media and financial markets.

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