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Global Telecom sells 51 per cent stake in Djezzy Subscription

20 April 2014, 9:17 GMT | By

Sale puts an end to four-year dispute with Algeria

Omantel launches second phase of stake sale Subscription

31 March 2014, 13:37 GMT | By

Oman government selling 19 per cent stake in telecoms operator, reducing shareholding to 51 per cent

Egypt to introduce single telecoms licence by June Subscription

30 March 2014, 7:20 GMT | By

Licence will allow operators to offer both fixed line and mobile services

Siemens-led consortium wins Egypt control centre deal Subscription

12 March 2014, 7:35 GMT | By

The centres will control distribution networks in remote areas

Zain Saudi Arabia appoints new chairman Subscription

11 March 2014, 7:22 GMT | By

The loss-making operator has been going through a series of management changes since the end of 2012

Du obtains $1.7bn in credit facilities Subscription

4 March 2014, 6:39 GMT | By

UAE telecoms operator refinanced $1.5bn on better terms

Mobily signs $280m financing agreement Subscription

3 March 2014, 8:06 GMT | By

Saudi telecoms operator Mobily plans to use funds to enhance network

Du’s net profit remained flat in 2013 Subscription

18 February 2014, 9:36 GMT | By

But revenues went up 10 per cent, driven by growth in mobile data

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Telecoms & IT trends

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

MEED top 100 listed companies 2014: Telecoms Subscription

30 March 2014, 8:49 GMT

Together, the five largest operators in the telecoms sector have a market capitalisation of about $100bn

Telecoms industry in Iraq Subscription

16 February 2014, 9:07 GMT

Iraq’s telecoms sector has grown rapidly since 2003, when mobile services were unavailable

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems

Interview: Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems Subscription

13 February 2014, 12:52 GMT | By

Regional governments support the adoption of new technologies

Case study: Midfield Terminal displays advantages of using BIM Subscription

10 February 2014, 9:09 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi’s airport expansion is a textbook study in using building information modelling to cut costs and manage time

BIM uptake drivers

BIM use rises across region Subscription

10 February 2014, 7:42 GMT | By

Government clients are gradually mandating the use of building information modelling in new projects, as appreciation grows that the technology can cut construction costs and improve quality

Doha forges ahead with telecoms development Subscription

22 January 2014, 9:35 GMT | By Tom Pepper

Developing and improving network infrastructure is the priority now Qatar has successfully introduced competition into the telecoms industry over the past eight years

Market capitalisation of GCC telecom firms

Telecoms operators look to new areas for growth Subscription

29 December 2013, 10:40 GMT | By

Telecoms companies are expected to target data and international expansion

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Special reports


Building information modelling: Use of technology rises across the region

13 February 2014, 13:09 GMT

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


Technology: The role of personal phones in the workplace Subscription

15 October 2013, 6:58 GMT

Businesses need to adapt to the new trend of employees using their own devices for work


Telecoms: Operators respond to competition Subscription

11 August 2013, 6:35 GMT

GCC telecoms firms are following two-pronged expansion strategies


Technology: Utility providers invest in power and water Subscription

25 July 2013, 7:26 GMT

The region’s utility providers are investment in technology to improve the efficiency of power and water


Technology: Innovation raises new security threat Subscription

2 May 2013, 11:58 GMT

Spending priority on cloud computing, mobilisation, data and social business

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MEED comment


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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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Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Subscription

22 September 2013, 6:23 GMT

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

Taj el-Khayat Subscription

16 September 2013, 7:53 GMT

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

Bashar Bashaireh Subscription

16 September 2013, 7:45 GMT

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

Ihab Ali Subscription

16 September 2013, 7:31 GMT

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

Tamer Aboualy Subscription

16 September 2013, 7:23 GMT

Tamer Aboualy is head of security practice and chief technology officer for security services, IBM MEA

Kenan Abou Lteif Subscription

16 September 2013, 7:13 GMT

Kenan Abou Lteif is regional manager for Gulf and Levant, Symantec

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Libya: DMR communications system Subscription

20 April 2014, 23:02 GMT

Replacement of an old analog VHF communications system with a digital mobile radio (DMR) system

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