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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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Enabling possibilities for the region

The last year has seen the very definition of connectivity evolve as the technologies, services, and the companies behind them underwent widespread transformation. Reflecting on the many revolutionary changes taking place within the Middle East’s flourishing telecommunications sector, Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Huawei Middle East, sheds light on how the global solutions provider has sustained business growth in an increasingly competitive market, and outlines plans for supporting partners and customers in the region during the year ahead Huawei - Mr. Shi Yaohong, President of Middle East (1024x989)

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The decisive dozen

2013 was a tricky year for mobile operators in the Middle East and Africa as they struggled to maintain margins at previous highs. It was also the first full-year in which capex spending rebounded strongly for the first time since the start of the global economic recession in 2008, with CEOs having to act particularly strategically with respect to where to invest further resources CM*5549223

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Ericsson net profit rebounds 76% in Q214

Ericsson reported stable revenue but a healthy increase in profit as higher-margin mobile broadband capacity projects had a positive impact, along with growth in the Middle East, China and India. The company reported sales of SEK54.8 billion (US$8.04 billion), down one per cent year-on-year but up 15 per cent on the previous quarter. Net profit […]

TeliaSonera Q2 net income falls by 12.1%

TeliaSonera saw a drop in sales and profit for the second quarter of the year, as its Yoigo business in Spain continued to be a cause for concern. The company said it is reviewing its position in Spain as the business remains sub-scale with a seven per cent market share, although margins did recover in […]

Zain Saudi Arabia narrows Q2 losses by 11%

Zain Saudi Arabia reported a significant increase in EBTIDA during the first half of 2014, reflecting a 22 per cent growth rate to reach SAR564 million (US$ 150 million) up from SAR 464 million in H113. The company succeeded in raising its EBTIDA margin to 18 per cent, up from 14 per cent during the […]

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs

Microsoft confirmed its anticipated job cuts as it looks to “simplify its organisation and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices & Services business with the company’s overall strategy” – at the cost of 18,000 positions over the next year. The move is Microsoft’s largest ever round of layoffs and affects 14 per cent of its […]

MIC’s Q2 results boosted by World Cup and mobile financial services

Strong mobile data growth, including from a World Cup mobile app, and the take-up of mobile financial services were flagged by Millicom International Cellular (MIC) as positive factors in its Q214 numbers. The operator reported a 6.6 per cent rise in Q2 revenue to US$1.45 billion alongside pre-tax profits of US$310 million, up from US$181 […]

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