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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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Du raises LTE network expansion plans in 2014 by 25%

In response to the increasing demand for faster connectivity at all times and anywhere, UAE telco Du has announced plans to expand its 4G LTE network by 25 per cent – beyond the company’s original plans for expansion in 2014. Du doubled its 4G LTE footprint in the first three months of 2014, and is […]

Ooredoo Myanmar claims one million subs in just three weeks

Ooredoo says that it has already broken through the one million customer milestone in its newest market of Myanmar, less than three weeks after going live with its services. The company said that people have been queuing overnight to purchase one of its SIM cards. Speaking of the challenges faced during the development stage, Ross […]

Airtel pushes mobile money agenda in Africa with VeriFone

Bharti Airtel is to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s merchant enablement applications for mobile Tap n Pay across its 17 operating companies in Africa. VeriFone Mobile Money’s Tap n Pay applications are a way for customers to pay, buy, bank, bill and remit money with their mobile phone at the point of sale. Over 42 million […]

Djezzy stake sale looks to be on course

The sale of a controlling stake in Algerian operator Djezzy to the country’s government looks likely to go ahead after the agreed price was deemed fair. Financial adviser HC said a fair price for the 51 per cent stake held by VimpelCom subsidiary Global Telecom Holding (GTH) is US$2.54 billion, four per cent lower than […]

Nokia’s maps CEO resigns suddenly

Michael Halbherr, CEO of Here – Nokia’s digital maps division – has resigned. He only took over the helm on July 1. Nokia, in a statement, said he stepped down “in order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company”. Halbherr also gives up his role as member of the Nokia group leadership […]

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