Carrier Billing Market Report: Middle East & North Africa

Carrier billing gives the opportunity to pay for digital services to the 82% of people around the world who don’t have a credit card.

This report gives an overview of the direct carrier billing landscape in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region: Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Kuwait, Qatar & Bahrain.

The MENA report is based on data from Boku’s carrier billing platform which connect merchants with 23 telcos and 250 million consumers in these countries.

Local payment methods (direct carrier billing & mobile wallets) account for 35% to 50% of digital gaming purchases in the MENA, depending on the country. The reason for this is credit cards ownership across the countries profiled is only 19%.

For each country, you will find the following data in the report:

  • Demographics: average population, median age, income
  • Telecommunications: phone ownership, data speeds, GSMA’s mobile connectivity rankings, telco profiles
  • Payment infrastructure data: bank account access, credit and debit card ownership
  • Carrier billing data: median revenue per user, spend distribution by transaction values, user distribution by monthly spend, popularity of carrier billing as a payment method

The data is aggregated across more than 500 merchants using internal sources, giving a broad overview into consumer behavior with carrier billing.

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