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Future-proofing prowess

The evolving mobile ecosystem, explosion in mobile data availability and consumption, and the increased complexity in network architecture have given rise to the requirement for network operators to pay even closer attention to the quality of service they offer to their customers. Nokia Networks’ Head of Services for Middle East and Africa, Samir Kumar highlights the strategies and tools available to improve key quality indicators (KQIs) and help network providers differentiate their offeringsIMG_4324

Samir Kumar is Nokia Networks’ Head of Services for Middle East and Africa

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Demystifying the cloud

Dandemutande, a licensed Internet Access Provider in Zimbabwe, recently held a customer seminar entitled “Demystifying the Cloud” in Harare, in recognition of its partnership with Pamoja, the wholly-owned SEACOM cloud services distributor focusing on cloud services in Eastern and Southern Africa. Pamoja has deployed two data centres directly linked to the SEACOM network (Mtuzini in South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya). Dandemutande is positioning Pamoja’s cloud services to its corporate customer base under its Utande brand alongside its existing suite of cloud services IMG_1662 (1024x768)

Michèle Scanlon, Dandemutande CEO

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Taking TD-LTE mainstream

Given the widespread commercialisation of LTE networks, technology providers are now looking to draw attention to the significance of TD-LTE in the development of optimal networks and services. Bernard Najm, Nokia Networks Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE, describes the importance of the technology, and why network operators should be incorporating TD-LTE into their current network investment plansBNa_S5

Bernard Najm is Nokia Networks’ Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE

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Contradictions of the modern telecom sector

There is no doubt that the telecom industry is one of the few that has revolutionised the way people live. Maybe the airline or automotive industries have had a similarly profound impact, and it would be very hard to imagine life without Internet, business without emails, and such. In today’s connected world, telecommunications has become a lifeline that we simply cannot do without.M.Jamoussi

Mohamed Jamoussi, Senior Advisor, Saudi Telecom Group

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Sharing in order accumulate

An eye-catching development at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, was the announcement that a total of eight network operator groups from across the Middle East and Africa had entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate an initiative to proactively explore greater cooperation with respect to infrastructure sharing.

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Microsoft to lay off 2,100 staff members as part of wider 18,000 cull

Microsoft is to cut 2,100 jobs, including roles in Silicon Valley and Seattle, as part of a wider plan to cut 18,000 roles across the company. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, announced in July that the company planned to reduce its workforce by around 14 per cent over the course of the next year. The move […]

China takes further steps to liberalising telecom market with MVNO licensing

Three smartphone makers – Hon Hai (Foxconn), Lenovo, and Xiaomi – reportedly will be granted licences to operate as MVNOs in China. White-goods producer Haier and Hainan Airlines also are on the list of potential MVNOs. According to media sources in China and Taiwan, because Hon Hai is a Taiwanese company it is required to […]

Delta Partners invests €10 million in Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe

Delta Partners Capital announced today that a definitive agreement has been signed for an investment of up to €10 million (US$12.9 million) by Delta Partners Emerging Markets TMT Growth Fund II into Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE). IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), […]

Etisalat Nigeria renews managed services deal with Nokia Networks

Etisalat Nigeria has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Networks for three more years with expanded services scope. Under the contract, Nokia Networks will manage the operator’s 3G and GSM networks and improve network efficiency, ensuring the best possible mobile broadband service experience for end users. Nokia Networks has been providing managed services to […]

Nawras to rebrand to Ooredoo before year-end

Nawras has announced that it will rebrand to Ooredoo by the end of this year, with the telco explaining that its customers will enjoy added benefits from being part of the global group, which successfully connects over 95 million customers across 15 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia. The rebrand reinforces […]

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