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Ooredoo rolls out eSim online purchase in Kuwait

Ooredoo rolls out eSim online purchase in Kuwait

Ooredoo Telecom is now the first telecom operator in Kuwait and region to offer customers the ability to conduct a complete purchasing process of a new eSIM online and without any physical interaction or signature utilizing “Kuwait Mobile ID”, a mobile application provided by the Public

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Interview: Ooredoo Group CTO Nigel Byrne

Interview: Ooredoo Group CTO Nigel Byrne

The pandemic has prompted a global surge in demand for data, with video-grade networks required now for entertainment as well as basic communication with those we’ve been unable to see in person. Operator groups were already on this journey, but have been forced to accelerate their strategies

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UAE and Israeli companies agree tech joint venture

UAE and Israeli companies agree tech joint venture

Two technology companies, Group 42 (G42), based in Abu Dhabi, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, based in Israel, have agreed to form a new joint venture (JV) that aims to commercialize artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies and solutions for multiple sectors.

Contactless payment first for Saudi Arabia

Contactless payment first for Saudi Arabia

Global payments company Mastercard and Saudi fintech business Geidea have announced a strategic partnership agreement to accept Mastercard payments for Tap on Phone solutions in Saudi Arabia. This is claimed to be the first such agreement to be signed in the Middle East and North Africa.

Saudi plans for spectrum delight Wi-Fi supporters

Saudi plans for spectrum delight Wi-Fi supporters

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has issued what it calls its Three-year Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use of the Spectrum in Saudi Arabia – and Wi-Fi supporters appear to be very happy with the contents.

Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Operator STC Kuwait and a Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa-led consortium have received an MVNO license from Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). This makes Virgin Mobile Kuwait, as the service will be known, the country’s first MVNO.

MTN Syria sale held up by legal intervention

MTN Syria sale held up by legal intervention

South African mobile operator MTN is reportedly hoping to do a deal worth US$65 million for its Syrian business. However, Reuters reports that this sale, amounting to 75% of MTN’s Syrian unit, may now be under threat.