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Telecommunications: Power to the People?

A major sea change could be descending upon the Arab world. After the ousting of the Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali following nationwide organised protests, Egypt’s citizens have united to demand that their entrenched President, Hosni Mubarak, follow suit...

Minority shareholders file lawsuits to block Zain deal

One of Zain’s shareholders has initiated legal proceedings in an attempt to prevent the sale of a 46% stake in the company to rival operator Etisalat, in a move that threatens the proposed US$12 billion deal between the two Middle Eastern firms...

Dual-carrier HSPA+ launching in Turkey

Turkey’s market leading operator, Turkcell, has augmented its 3G networks, upgrading the HSPA architecture with dual-carrier HSPA+ technology. The dual-carrier technology can theoretically achieve peak speeds of 42Mb/s, which is double the speed of single channel HSPA+...

New WiMAX network to launch in Iraq

A new WiMAX network is being launched inIraq by the operator Fanoos Telecom. The billing provider Aptilo Networks is providing the complete backend of the network, including prepaid billing capabilities, using its WiMAX CSN System...

UAE government bans BlackBerries

Having previously threatened to do so, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially banned Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones, citing security concerns. There are indications that other major markets, both in the Middle East region and globally, could impose a

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Broadband to drive mobile revenue growth in MENA

Revenue from mobile broadband in the MENA region is likely to quadruple by 2014, according to a new report from Onda Analytics. Although handset-based revenue is expected to be slow, mobile broadband will have a major impact on operators’ financials with over 20 million subscribers in the

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Vodafone gets fixed-line licence for Qatar

Vodafone Qatar has been issued a licence by the Supreme Council of Information and Technology (ictQatar) to operate the country’s second fixed line telephone service. Initially, Vodafone Qatar will start operating at The Pearl-Qatar, after complying with ictQatar’s requirements, including

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Mobibucks: more momentum in MENA mobile money

Mobile payment specialist Mobibucks has seen a significant increase in demand for its products in the last six months in the Middle East/ North Africa (MENA) region. Mobibucks offers “unique” payment and incentive products for making purchases using a mobile phone number...

Qatar Telecom gets smartphone friendly - and ready for LTE

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to modernise and upgrade its 3G network. Qtel’s aim is to offer its subscribers an improved smartphone experience, including faster broadband speeds, while paving the way for next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. To make

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