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UAE among most dynamic countries: ITU report

UAE among most dynamic countries: ITU report

UAE jumped 14 places to the 32nd position, among countries with above-average ICT development index The International Telecommunication Union’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report has identified the UAE among the group of ‘most dynamic countries’, which have recorded above-average improvements in their ICT Development Index (IDI) rank over […]

 
 

IHS Forum Identifies Key Points for Middle East Economic Growth

IHS Forum Identifies Key Points for Middle East Economic Growth

As far as economic prosperity is concerned, one doesn’t have to look towards the otherwise conventional Western countries nor towards the Far East, in China. It’s in the Middle East that the treasure trove of economic prosperity lies with new highs being expected in the forthcoming two decades. Scott Key, […]

 
 

Samsung Galaxy S5: Previewing the Unparalleled Visioning of Mobile Phone Technology

Samsung Galaxy S5: Previewing the Unparalleled Visioning of Mobile Phone Technology

The fifth-gen of Samsung’s uber-elite Galaxy S series was launched in Dubai by the South Korean technology giant on the 2nd April 2014. The Smartphone looks to provide an enriched mobile phone usage to the end consumers with highly pioneering up gradation to the most sought-after Smartphone features.   According […]

 
 

The African Economic Safari: Booming Onwards

The African Economic Safari: Booming Onwards

African economy is gearing up for unprecedented boosts thanks to boosts in the form of vital FDI, PEs and SWFs. The National Bureau of Statistics quite recently published the report on the Nigerian economic rebasing endeavour which put the West African country’s GDP ahead of South Africa, making it the […]

 
 

The Bigger Picture: Nigeria pips South Africa to become Africa’s Biggest Economy

The Bigger Picture: Nigeria pips South Africa to become Africa’s Biggest Economy

Nigeria has pipped South Africa as the largest economy in Africa in terms of GDP figures as per the recently published report of the National Bureau of Statistics carried out after the rebasing exercise of the Nigerian economy. As per the released report, the Nigerian GDP for 2013 stands at […]

 
 

Mozilla to launch $25 Cell Phones: To Crack into the Smart Phone Market Smartly

Mozilla to launch $25 Cell Phones: To Crack into the Smart Phone Market Smartly

Mozilla to launch $25 smart phones in up and coming cell phone markets as a unique way of carrying out market penetration and capitalisation. There was a time, not so long ago that cell phones came and revolutionised the global telecom sector. But as revolutionary as these were, when compared […]

 
 

Qatar’s Ooredoo Chairman Challenges Companies to Listen to the Next Generation

Qatar’s Ooredoo Chairman Challenges Companies to Listen to the Next Generation

The Chairman of Qatar’s Ooredoo, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, has challenged the communications sector and wider business world to reach out to the next generation more effectively. He was speaking at the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit, a major event that brought together more than 4,000 young people […]

 
 

Ooredoo and Disney Sign Wide-Ranging Content Deal

Ooredoo and Disney Sign Wide-Ranging Content Deal

Ooredoo has signed a multi-territory, multi-year deal with The Walt Disney Company Middle East and North Africa to bring some of the world’s best-loved entertainment direct to Ooredoo customers for the first time. Customers of Ooredoo’s award-winning Next Generation Mozaic TV service will be able to access Disney Movies on […]

 
 

Youth Driving Future of Mobile Communication

Youth Driving Future of Mobile Communication

Youth Driving Future of Mobile Communications around the World Ooredoo Chairman Leads Youth Delegation from around the world to Attend Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 in Costa Rica Ooredoo and a delegation of young people from the MENA region and Southeast Asia will attend the Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 […]

 
 

Nokia still rules UAE mobile market

Nokia still rules UAE mobile market

According to the latest report issued by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Nokia has retained its top spot by holding onto the largest share of the UAE mobile market. Titled, Smart Phone and Mobile Operating Systems, the report is an in-depth analysis of the most popular mobile phone handsets and […]

 
 

Blackberry ‘For Sale’

Blackberry ‘For Sale’

Who knew that name of fruits would become names of technological giants? Blackberry, a Canadian smartphone company was very successful in the past, but has been losing market share to Apple and other makers for years. According to a report by IDC, BlackBerry’s global smartphone market share in the 2nd […]

 
 

Smartphones a major addiction for UAE residents

BlackBerry Q10

A recent study has found that UAE residents are big spenders on technology, especially smartphones and game consoles. Conducted by dmg events Middle East, the study has revealed that around 53 percent of UAE residents spend Dhs10,000 annually on technology, while about 15 percent splurge Dhs15,000 a year. Around 71 […]

 
 

Cloud computing services under malware threat

Cloud computing services under malware threat

It seems malware writers are targeting a new territory: Cloud computing services. According to new research, malware hackers might be attacking cloud services and spreading their malware programs, much more than had been anticipated. Michael Sutton; “Attackers are starting to leverage hosting services. It used to be that (attackers) would […]

 
 

Etisalat to bid for mobile operator in Pakistan

Etisalat to bid for mobile operator in Pakistan

  Etisalat, the UAE telecommunication giant, will be using the advisory services of Goldman Sachs Group as it prepares to bid for Pakistan mobile operator Warid Telecom. Besides Etisalat, China Mobile is expected to be a potential bidder for Warid. The sale, which is likely to fetch an estimated USD […]

 
 

Spam text messages: TRA fights back

Spam text messages: TRA fights back

UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is fighting spam text messages these days. According to reports during Q1 2013, over three million spam complaints were received. Spam text messages are nothing new and can soon become a major headache for regulatory authorities if not controlled. The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency is gearing […]

 
 

Internet speed in UAE beats all Arab countries

Screen grab of a typical home internet connection speed in the UAE

The UAE has the fastest Internet speed in the Arab World, according to a report by networking firm Akamai. Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report ranked the UAE 28th globally. The average Internet speed in the UAE was 6.2 Mbps in Q1 2013, up 32 percent compared to last […]

 
 

UAE’s Etisalat rings in $2.6bn profit in Q2 2013

UAE’s Etisalat rings in $2.6bn profit in Q2 2013

Etisalat 2013 Q2 revenues up 20%, hits AED 9.8 billion (USD 2.6 billion). H1 2013 revenues reaches AED19.5 billion, up 18% compared to same period last year. Etisalat’s Global subscribers increase to 143 million in Q2 2013, up from 141 million during the same period last year. Etisalat Group announced […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia #1 competitive cellular market rank

Saudi Arabia #1 competitive cellular market rank

A survey has rated the Saudi Arabia cellular market as the most competitive in the Arab world for the third consecutive year. The ratings were revealed by the Arab Advisors Group in its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2013. The Cellular Competition Intensity Index compares the state of every market relative […]

 
 

TRA to impose Open Network Access on telecoms

TRA to impose Open Network Access on telecoms

UAE’s telecom regulatory body says Etisalat and Du, the two main telecom operators in the Emirate, have failed to make any progress in reaching a network sharing deal. Talks on the proposed network sharing deal between the two rival companies had started almost four years ago. The majority government-owned companies […]

 
 

Ooredoo pulls out of Maroc Telecom race

Ooredoo pulls out of Maroc Telecom race

Latest media reports suggest that Qatar-backed telecom group Ooredoo has pulled out of the bidding process for Vivendi’s 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom. As a result, Etisalat is now the only company bidding for the stake. Ooredoo, formerly Qatar Telecom, was reported to have raised USD 12 billion […]

 
 

Etisalat grabs Maroc Telecom stake

Etisalat grabs Maroc Telecom stake

A source close to the bidding process has revealed that Gulf telecom operator Etisalat has offered a higher bid for Vivendi’s Maroc Telecom stake. Etisalat was competing against Qatari bidder Ooredoo for Vivendi’s 53 per cent shareholding in Maroc Telecom. Sources close to Reuters also suggest that the bids were […]

 
 

Expansion of LTE services dependent on cross-industry applications

Expansion of LTE services dependent on cross-industry applications

One of the key findings of the recently released Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013 report says that several LTE Networks are expected to launch in the MENA region this year. Inline with the expected trend, Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, predicts the expansion of […]

 
 

Qatar buys Indian telecom stake

Qatar buys Indian telecom stake

  In a deal worth an estimated USD 1.3 billion, the Gulf state of Qatar has bought a five percent stake in Indian telecom firm Bharti Airtel. Under the deal, Bharti will issue 199.9 million new shares at a 7.3 percent premium to the stock’s closing price last week. The […]

 
 

Upsurge in LTE Networks for GCC in 2013

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According to the recently released Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013 report: A record one billion smartphones will be shipped in 2013 Mobile advertising will split into two categories (tablets and smartphones) Several LTE Networks are expected to launch in the MENA region throughout 2013 More than 90 percent […]

 
 

Maroc Telecom race heats up

Maroc Telecom race heats up

The bid for Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom has become more intense with Ooredoo, formerly Qatar Telecom, reportedly raising about USD 12 billion financing for the deal. Banking sources reveal that Ooredoo is working closely with a group of 10 banks to secure the loan to support its bid. Initial […]

 
 

Etisalat to sign USD 8 billion financing for Maroc bid

Etisalat to sign USD 8 billion financing for Maroc bid

Banking sources have revealed the Abu Dhabi telecom group Etisalat will be signing a USD 8 billion loan facility next week with up to 16 banks to finance its bid for the takeover of Maroc Telecom. Speaking to Arabian Business, bankers said the proposed loan deal shows that banks are […]

 
 

Skype gets the green signal

Skype gets the green signal

In an announcement on it’s Facebook page, Etisalat has revealed that it has unblocked Skype in the United Arab Emirates. Users had been denied access to Skype for several years. However, the statement did not mention about the possibility of Skype-to-phone calls. Last week, Etisalat had announced unblocking access to […]

 
 

Telecom services to drive IT spending in 2013

Telecom services to drive IT spending in 2013

The IT spending by Middle East economies is expected to jump by up to 5.5 percent to USD 192.9 billion in 2013. The latest forecast by Gartner Inc. points out that almost all sectors of the IT industry will contribute to this steady growth. Telecom services market in the region […]

 
 

Samsung and Ooredoo Collaborate for Mobile Internet Service

Samsung and Ooredoo Collaborate for Mobile Internet Service

Collaboration to Accelerate Mobile Internet Adoption and Create Value for Customers Across Ooredoo Markets South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ooredoo, formerly known as Qtel Group, a leading telecom company with a presence across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and […]

 
 

New innovation center to drive communication technology in Middle East

New innovation center to drive communication technology in Middle East

Zain Kuwait and Huawei have agreed to setup a first-of-its-kind Joint Innovation Centre, which will drive all future research in communications technology and take the industry to greater heights in the Middle East. Under the agreement, both Zain and Huawei will invest capital in the construction of the center and […]

 
 

Etisalat extends deals with Catalans

Etisalat extends deals with Catalans

  Etisalat, the UAE’s largest telecommunications operator, has announced that it will extend its sponsorship deal with Spanish football club FC Barcelona for a further four years. While full details of the deal remain unavailable, the contract is expected to be worth millions of dollars. In 2009, the telecom had […]

 
 

Huawei opens Middle East’s First IT Competence Center in Bahrain

Huawei opens Middle East’s First IT Competence Center in Bahrain

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced the opening of its first Middle East IT Competence Center located in Bahrain to support the advancement of the country’s overall IT and telecommunications industry while acting as an excellence hub for innovation at the global level. […]

 
 

Telecom Industry Price Wars – Short Term Gains, Long Term Damage

Telecom Industry Price Wars – Short Term Gains, Long Term Damage

Booz & Company examines the pressing need for telecom operators to avoid price wars if they can – and still emerge on top if they can’t The thriving market for mobile services is intensely competitive. Operators are constantly offering new promotions, enticements, and other marketing “hooks” to attract new customers […]

 
 

Nawras upgrade plans on track

Nawras upgrade plans on track

Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company, also known as Nawras, has obtained financing worth USD 182 million for its aggressive network upgrade plans. The five-year financing agreement will help the telecom provide funds for capital expenditure and working capital requirements. The financing has been provided by a consortium of DBS Bank – […]

 
 

BlackBerry 10 Fever Builds at Axiom Telecom

BlackBerry 10 Fever Builds at Axiom Telecom

Great Expectations From Company and Customers as Pre-Order Date is Announced Excitement is building among Axiom Telecom’s customer base and leadership ahead of the much-anticipated BlackBerry 10 announcement on 30 January. Customer buzz for what promises to be one of the years’ top tech events is reaching fever pitch, and […]

 
 

The Network Specialist Ciena’s Predictions for 2013

The Network Specialist Ciena’s Predictions for 2013

Ciena, the network specialist, discusses Predictions for 2013 in the Middle East including the increase in Connected TV, network make-overs, 4G mobile and more. The year when the connected TV will find its place in our living rooms For many years we have seen TVs becoming more like computer screens, and computer screens […]

 
 

Winning in the Digitization Space

Building Differentiated Capabilities – A Winning Strategy for Telecom Operators Looking to Penetrate the MENA Region’s Digital Marketplace With the market for digital services in the MENA region set to grow 12 per cent annually by 2015 – according to projections by Booz & Company – telecom operators can effectively […]

 
 

A Winning Strategy for Telecom Operators Looking to Penetrate the MENA Region’s Digital Marketplace

A Winning Strategy for Telecom Operators Looking to Penetrate the MENA Region’s Digital Marketplace

Building Differentiated Capabilities – A Winning Strategy for Telecom Operators Looking to Penetrate the MENA Region’s Digital Marketplace With the market for digital services in the MENA region set to grow 12 per cent annually by 2015 – according to projections by Booz & Company – telecom operators can effectively […]

 
 

UAE Revises Telecom Tax

UAE Revises Telecom Tax

Telecom providers in the UAE have been slapped with a new tax or royalty. The only two telecom operators, Etisalat and Du will be taxed via royalties under licence agreements with the government. The new tax is designed to protect state revenues after a sustainable profit slump at the former […]

 
 

Sharing Mobile Networks – Why Operators Must Take the Plunge Now

Sharing Mobile Networks – Why Operators Must Take the Plunge Now

Booz & Company examine the imminent need for operators to enter network-sharing deals despite their longstanding – and often misguided – reluctance Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2012: Today, operators could save 30 to 40 percent of the cost by joining forces with rivals in their markets to build, run, and […]