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Azerfon, Vodafone sign strategic partnership

Azerfon, one of the fastest growing mobile operators in Azerbaijan, and Vodafone have announced a non-equity partnership to provide customers with “high quality communications services and to collaborate jointly on future technological developments”...

Etihad Atheeb starts Internet, breaks STC monopoly

Saudi Telecom's fixed-line monopoly in Saudi Arabia has been broken. Etihad Atheeb Telecoms has now commenced operations in the Saudi Capital Riyadh and in the port of Jeddah. It is expected that the percentage of the Saudi population with high-speed Internet will now soar...

Orange, Orascom stalemate over Mobinil?

The long-running dispute between France Telecom and Orascom over ownership of Egypt's main mobile operator Mobinil has resulted in Orascom being forced to sell its holding to FT-Orange. But some analysts now think this may benefit Orascom in the long run...

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...