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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...