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Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo is building up its mobile banking capabilities

Ooredoo targets mobile banking growth Subscription

25 November 2014 | By

Data services driving revenues for Qatari telecoms firm

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed

Qatar adding fibre into every home Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Broadband project into every home continues

Mobily secures funding backed by Canada’s export credit agency Subscription

29 June 2014 | By

Ten-year Mobily financing is sharia-compliant

Etisalat issues $4.3bn bond Subscription

16 June 2014 | By

UAE operator raised $1.35bn more than originally targeted

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Telecoms trends


Smart societies are becoming a reality

8 December 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Cities in the Gulf are realising the benefits of embracing the multitude of technologies that enable smarter and more responsive infrastructure and experiences. Government bodies in the UAE, in particular, are moving from individual initiatives and silo thinking to strategic planning and coordination. In Dubai, for example, there are about 1,000 projects in the smart city programme being managed by an inter-agency government task force. Initiatives include programmes covering smart ...

Global spending on big data technologies and planned IT spend

Oil producers harness wireless technologies Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Companies are increasingly realising the effectiveness of deploying wireless systems to deliver high-speed data in real time from their field operations

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


Telecoms: Operators move to protect market share

8 October 2014

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

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

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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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Egypt: IT equipment (1) Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Supply of a data centre IT equipment

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