The report, e-mailed to The
The index examined the intensity level of competition in the Arab world's cellular markets. It took into account the number of operators, packages and services available in each of the 19 countries covered by the report.
"There is no monopoly in services. Third Generation services are available and offers for both prepaid and post-paid subscribers are competitive," Abbassi added.
"These are all factors that place
Abed Shamlawi, CEO of the
"Saudi Arabia is ahead of
Last month, the
"Competition between the three operators in
According to official figures, there were 9.475 million mobile subscriptions at the end of March this year, of which about 8.745 million are prepaid lines.
The study, however, was conducted before a government decision to double taxes on mobile phones and services.
The government increased the special tax on mobile phones from 8 per cent to 16 per cent, and the tax on mobile subscriptions both prepaid and post-paid from 12 per cent to 24 per cent.
Telecom operators have warned that the decision will negatively affect the local market.
The 2013 index results revealed that five countries ranked higher than their 2012 index ranks, they are:
Moreover, a total of six countries ranked lower compared to the 2012 index:
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