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Only 56% of Arab cellular operators provide the MMS service, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest SMS rates in the Arab World.

New research from the Arab Advisors Group reveals a somewhat lackluster deployment of MMS services in the region. SMS, which is widely deployed and used, is priced quite differently across the region. Sudan and Palestine have the lowest SMS rates, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest.

A new report, "SMS & MMS Rates and Services in the Arab World" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Services subscribers on January 16, 2005. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 950. The 72-pages report, which has 45 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed regional comparison and analysis of the Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) rates and value added offerings in the Arab region. The report covers 34 cellular operators in the following 18 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. The report's TOC can be received from the Arab Advisors Group upon request. The report also analyses the SMS-based value added services and service providers in the region.