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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

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

Saudi Telecom Company sees rise in profits after accounting change Subscription

21 January 2014, 7:45 GMT | By

Operator decides to reverse losses for its stake in India’s Aircel Group   

Aramex founder and IFC set up venture capital fund Subscription

8 January 2014, 13:15 GMT | By

Central banks also called to increase support for Middle East start-ups

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Telecoms trends

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

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

Bahrain telecoms providers

Bahrain's telecoms industry Subscription

9 December 2013, 12:33 GMT

Bahrain has a competitive telecoms market, with 20 providers offering a range of mobile, internet and fixed-line services

Smartphone

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

Personal device access

Personal devices enter the workplace Subscription

14 October 2013, 12:41 GMT | By Eliot Beer

Companies are looking at the benefits of allowing employees to access corporate systems using their own smartphones, laptops and tablets, but the strategy does not come without challenges

Middle East mobile connections forecast 2012-2018

Smartphone makers focus on region Subscription

14 October 2013, 11:29 GMT | By Eliot Beer

As the mobile device markets of developed countries become saturated, the Middle East is becoming more important for handset makers, with its high disposable incomes and tech-savvy consumers

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Companies

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Telecom Egypt Subscription

Egypt’s telecommunications operator, Telecom Egypt currently controls Egypt’s only fixed line network

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Nawras Subscription

Nawras is an Omani communications provider owned by Ooredoo and listed on the Muscat Stock Market

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People

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Subscription

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

Zohra Derdouri Subscription

Zohra Derdouri is President, Algerian Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Ali Kahlane Subscription

Ali Kahlane is President, Algerian Association of Internet Providers

Moussa Benhamadi Subscription

Moussa Benhamadi is Post, IT and Communications Minister, Algeria

Tamer el-Mahdy Subscription

Tamer el-Mahdy is chief executive officer, Orascom Telecom Algerie

Joseph Ged Subscription

Joseph Ged is chief executive officer, Nedjma

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Tenders

UAE: Building maintenance Subscription

15 April 2014, 14:56 GMT | By

Maintenance of a central post office building

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