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...
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...
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...
Youth Driving Future of Mobile Communications around the WorldOoredoo Chairman Leads Youth Delegation from around the world to Attend Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 in Costa RicaOoredoo and a delegation of young people from the MENA region and Southeast...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
  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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
 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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
 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...
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...
Booz & Company examines the pressing need for telecom operators to avoid price wars if they can – and still emerge on top if they can’tThe thriving market for mobile services is intensely competitive. Operators are constantly offering new...
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...
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...
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 roomsFor many years we have seen...
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...
Building Differentiated Capabilities – A Winning Strategy for Telecom Operators Looking to Penetrate the MENA Region’s Digital MarketplaceWith the market for digital services in the MENA region set to grow 12 per cent annually by 2015 – according to...
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...
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...
France Telecom said on Tuesday it will will pay its Egyptian partner Orascom Telecom Media & Technology (OTMT) $142.30 million for taking over a management services contract of their mobile phone venture Mobinil.Egypt plays a key part in France...
France's Vivendi SA is selling its stakes in Maroc Telecom as part of the debt reduction plan by the Paris-based telecoms giant, reports suggested on Wednesday.According to the North Africa Post, the sale is estimated to generate more than...
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is poised to control more than 90% of Kuwait's Wataniya after the Gulf state's sovereign wealth fund tendered its entire stake in the unit, a Reuters report quoting two unnamed sources said on late Saturday.Wataniya was...
Etisalat, the UAE's biggest telecommunications company, said on Wednesday it is raising up to $502m by selling most of its stake in PT XL Axiata, Indonesia's biggest block offering since December 2010.Etisalat invested US$440m in Indonesia's third-biggest phone operator...
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) said in a bourse statement on Thursday it has repaid a $3 billion loan facility using existing funds.According to Thomson Reuters data, bookrunners Barclays, BNP Paribas, DBS and RBS facilitated the five-year syndicated term loan in August 2007. It...