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Back in the game

Alcatel-Lucent hosted its annual Tech Symposium in New Jersey in November, and the atmosphere was decidedly confident, be it on a low key basis. The company, which was facing deep financial distress just a couple of years ago appears to have turned the corner as it looks to change the gears of its ‘Shift Plan’ strategy and focus on innovating, transforming, and growing the companyPic 1 - 15187005674_ba018b0f89_h

Michel Combes was proud to report that as part of 2014’s Alcatel-Lucent Tech Symposium, the company had held its first investor day since 2006

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Mr. Deeds

On November 9, 2014, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) introduced the Virgin brand into Saudi Arabia, following up on the October 1 introduction of its co-brand FRiENDi mobile into the same market. While the decision to launch and incorporate two mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brands in the same market simultaneously has already set VMMEA apart from its competitors, the company’s ability to simply commercialise its operations in the kingdom is probably its largest differentiator to date DSC_3500 (2)

Mikkel Vinter said VMMEA is pursuing a 10x5x10 strategy, looking to be in 10 markets in five years, counting 10 million customers

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The big promise of Big Data

The telecommunications industry faces declining revenues in developed markets and stagnating growth in emerging ones. Telcos thus need to tap into new sources of revenue growth, while reducing their cost structure. Big Data has been proposed as one of the industry’s solutions for both revenue growth and cost savings.EWD_9153 (681x1024)

Santiago Castillo, Principal at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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The decisive dozen – suppliers

Comm.’s annual list of leading technology company leaders has been highly anticipated given the exceptional work many of them have put in to drive their businesses forward, remain relevant in a rapidly evolving ecosystem, and maintain high levels of innovation and differentiation

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Over-the-Top Video (OTTv) in the Middle East: How to win the market

By Christophe Firth, Media & Telecoms Consultant at A.T. Kearney Middle East

Christophe Firth (680x1024)Globally, over-the-top video (OTTv) is becoming mainstream[1]. In the Middle East, however, OTTv is still nascent by global standards. Fewer than 100,000 homes subscribe to dedicated commercial OTTv services—less than one per cent of television-viewing households[2]. Yet interest is strong and the market is evolving. Istikana and icflix launched the region’s first major standalone OTTv services in 2011 and 2013 respectively. OSN recently followed by announcing the launch of Go by OSN for non-pay TV subscribers. In 2014, beIN SPORTS relaunched its OTT service and began selling multiscreen subscriptions, and MBC partnered with Samsung to launch Shahid on smart TVs.

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Nokia outlines five blockbuster trends on the eve of MWC 2015

Nokia today outlined its strategy for seizing the opportunities of a programmable world, and rounded off its launch line-up for Mobile World Congress (MWC) by unveiling the innovative predictive marketing solution, which lets operators tap growing amounts of data to offer smarter services, boost revenues and improve customer loyalty. At a media and analyst briefing […]

Telecel Zimbabwe faces cancellation of operating licence

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services has effectively cancelled the licence agreement with Telecel, but it will not force its closure as it seeks to tide over the business to more responsible investors. It has been reported in local media that the government will this week call for a meeting with […]

Orange raises stake in Mobinil to 99% for €210 million

Orange Group exercised a call option to purchase all shares and voting rights held by Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS), which runs the Mobinil brand, in a deal worth just under €210 million (US$238 million). The transaction, which Orange and OTMT reckon will be finalised by […]

Kabbani says termination rates in Saudi should fall even further

The CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia, Hassan Kabbani, called for further reductions in call termination fees after the sector regulator slashed rates by 40 per cent. Termination fees are those charged when a call originating on one network terminates on another network, with the caller network charged by the operator of the network on which […]

Oger Telekom said to be considering all options for Cell C

Cell C is exploring options for the third-largest South African cellco including a possible sale to domestic competitors, according to two people familiar with the matter. Cell C, which is majority owned by Dubai-based Oger Telecom, is working with Goldman Sachs on the review, said people familiar with the developments. The wireless provider had about […]

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