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Bahrain to appoint consultant to take telecoms to 2030

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with the Minister responsible for her Telecommunications Sector, HE Sheik Ahmed bin Attiyatalla Al Khalifa, has issued an invitation to consultancy firms to submit proposals to assist the Minster and TRA in...

Zain announces record financial results for 2008

Mobile operator Zain is present in 22 countries. It has just released its 2008 results, and is reporting great strides in key performance indicators. For example, its active customer total is up to 63.5 million, 50% over 2007, its consolidated revenues are up 26% to US$7.44...

NSN, Saudi Telecom lead the pilgrims to Mecca

Saudi Telecommunications has successfully handled another year of the holy Hajj pilgrimage, a two-week-long event that welcomed millions of visitors. Well aware of the importance of reliable communications, STC partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks to provide voice and data services to Mecca's...

Zain launches Voice SMS for its customers in Kuwait

Zain has launched a nationwide Voice SMS service on Kirusa platforms. All of Zain Kuwait's prepaid and postpaid subscribers can now send Voice SMS to mobile customers in Kuwait and to over a billion people across the globe. Kirusa is respected as a vendor of Voice SMS and a developer of mobile...

IDC - MEA IT poised for slower growth in 2009?

In the light of recession, IDC has revised its forecast for IT growth in the EMEA region from 4.5% to 3%. Even after this revision EMEA compares favourably with the 1.2% growth IDC forecasts for Western Europe. There may also be “silver linings” to help growth...

Western Union, Orascom ally to pilot mobile money transfers

The Western Union Company has created an alliance with Orascom Telecom Holding, one of the largest mobile operators in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Orascom and Western Union plan to work together to introduce mobile remittance services in select markets. The services aim to make...

Product Development Support for New Operator Services

Product Development Support for new services is the key to dynamic and successful growth of telecoms operators. CBOSS has announced a new service - Product Development Support - which allows telecom operators to enjoy fast time-to-market and exceptional efficiency for their new...

Saudis join Zain African/Mid-East One Market

Zain, a mobile operator in 22 countries across the Middle East and Africa, has launched commercial services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has now joined Zain's One Network, claimed by Zain to be the world’s first borderless mobile service, offering over 45 million Zain customers in...

Personal VoIP is confirmed as legal in Qatar

There has recently been confusion in Qatar as to whether VoIP calls are legal or not, so much so that the country's Supreme Council for Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) has had to issue a statement confirming that such calls are indeed legal. 

Middle East leads fight against threats to mobile

With increasingly open mobile operator networks, the rise in mobile content and applications, and the influx of smartphones, the world is seeing a revolution in mobile adoption. Perhaps nowhere else are the potentials and pitfalls of this technology being seen more clearly than in...

Newtec completes MENOS installation at ASBU

Satcom specialist Newtec has now installed its Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) multimedia concept at the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) facility in Algiers. It is intended to allow video and audio material to be shared over large geographical areas. ASBU's new MENOS...

Zain launches 'One Network' in Middle East

Zain has achieved another first by bringing its groundbreaking borderless "One Network" mobile service to four countries in the Middle East. This service, which made telecom history when it was launched in Africa, today allows Zain's 14 million customers in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan...

Arab region presses for heightened cyber-Security

The ITU Regional Cyber-Security Forum recently ended with the adoption of the Doha Declaration on Cyber-Security. Recognising that cyber-security has global implications that need regional and international efforts as well as close collaboration between governments and industry, the Forum urges...

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