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Du has signed an agreement with the Dubai Municipality to provide wifi services in its main office, along with several parks and beaches, including Jumeirah Beaches 1, 2 and 3

Du signs Dubai smart city deals Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

Telecoms operator to provide public wireless access across city

Parking in Dubai

Dubai developing 22 smart city initiatives Subscription

10 September 2014 | By

Emirate’s Smart City programme cover traffic control, smart parking and public transport services

Telecoms

Zain to IPO Bahrain unit in September Subscription

5 August 2014 | By

Proceeds to fund network expansion

UAE plans unmanned mission to Mars

UAE aims to land on Mars by 2021 Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

UAE to set up new space agency to coordinate unmanned space probe programme

Etisalat issues $4.3bn bond Subscription

16 June 2014 | By

UAE operator raised $1.35bn more than originally targeted

Etisalat plans bond issue Subscription

28 May 2014 | By

UAE operator could use the proceeds to help fund acquisition of Maroc Telecom stake

Etisalat to sell West African businesses to Maroc Telecom Subscription

5 May 2014 | By

Moroccan operator will pay $650m for Etisalat’s operations in six countries

Zain Group’s profit grows 8 per cent Subscription

22 April 2014 | By

Zain Group’s data represented 15 per cent of the Kuwaiti operator’s revenues

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Telecoms & IT trends

Mikkel Vinter

Saudi launches signals opportunity for virtual telecoms operators Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

More countries in the Middle East are expected to offer licences to Mobile Virtual Network Operators

Middle East and North Africa internet indicators 2013

Market delivers sustained growth Subscription

9 October 2014 | By Paul Melly

Operators are having to cater to increasing demand for faster download speeds and improved connectivity across the region

Ammar Aker

Paltel prospers in fixed-line market Subscription

6 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Ammar Aker, CEO of Palestine Telecommunications Company, says the operator is experiencing strong growth in its fixed-line business due to the political environment

Zain Iraq active customers

Iraq poses difficult challenges Subscription

6 October 2014 | By James Gavin

The country’s telecoms market has growth potential, but operators are being held back by red tape and the ongoing conflict

Telecoms providers Etisalat and Du currently enjoy a duopoly in the UAE market

UAE telecoms duopoly set to continue Subscription

10 September 2014 | By

There is little prospect of anyone undermining the dominant position of Etisalat and Du in the UAE’s telecoms market in the short term

Global annual smart city investment

Integration key to smart city vision Subscription

24 August 2014 | By

Governments across the region are looking to technology to further integrate city infrastructure, from transport to security, to enhance the quality of life for their citizens

Mobile data traffic

Drivers of the data age Subscription

24 August 2014 | By

Smartphone technology has transformed the way people communicate and access goods and services. Telecoms operators are spending heavily to make sure infrastructure is up to the task

Maroc Telecom's Africa presence

Maroc Telecom focuses on Africa Subscription

20 August 2014 | By paul mellly

A recent addition to the company portfolio of UAE telecoms operator Etisalat, Maroc Telecom is making new inroads in west and central African markets

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Special reports

Telecoms

Telecoms: Operators move to protect market share

8 October 2014

Faster download speed, improved connectivity and stronger customer service will be key demands

Smart cities

Smart cities: Raising the quality of life

24 August 2014

The rolling out of smart cities in the Middle East is being used to atrract and keep high calibre residents

BIM

Building information modelling: Use of technology rises across the region Subscription

13 February 2014

Building information modelling (BIM), the set of systems and software used to design and manage projects, is picking up in the region

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Companies

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Asiacell Communications Subscription

Set up in the Kurdish region of Iraq in 1999, it was awarded a mobile operating licence in 2007 and now has a quarter of its shares floated on the Iraqi Stock Exchange

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People

Keither Fenner

Keith Fenner Subscription

10 September 2014

Keith Fenner is senior vice president, sales, Sage ERP Africa and head of Sage Middle East

Rafiah Ibrahim Subscription

12 July 2014

Rafiah Ibrahim is president and head of region Middle East and North East Africa at Ericsson

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Subscription

22 September 2013

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar is Chief executive officer (CEO), Etisalat

Taj el-Khayat Subscription

16 September 2013

Taj el-Khayat is general manager for the Middle East and North Africa region, Riverbed Technology

Bashar Bashaireh Subscription

16 September 2013

Bashar Bashaireh is senior regional director for the Middle East and Pakistan, Fortinet

Ihab Ali Subscription

16 September 2013

Ihab Ali is technical head of regional security and defence, Dell

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Tenders

UAE: Oracle systems Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Provision of technical support for Oracle systems

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