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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...

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...

Zain deploys XIUS-bcgi InstaRoam roaming solution

XIUS-bcgi, which aims to delivering revenue-generating solutions to mobile operators and MVNOs worldwide, along with the Bahraini-based International Agencies Company Limited, have announced that Zain Bahrain has deployed XIUS-bcgi's InstaRoam product to provide roaming service for start-up mobile...

FLAG to double in size

Reliance Communications’ Fibre-optic Link Around the Globe subsidiary is set to achieve its ambition of becoming the world’s largest IP network over submarine cabling. FLAG has awarded Fujitsu the contract which will double FLAG’s size and build four new cable systems across the Mediterranean,