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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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Personalising smart living

A Dubai start-up, Makook Smart Living is set to introduce a service that delivers on the ‘Internet of Things’ vision, bringing together entertainment, automation, security, data storage, and cloud services on one easy-to-interface platform. The company’s CEO, Nasri Tehini, tells Comm. why this is a great time to launch such an innovation in the MENA regionMakook_066 (1024x681)

Nasri Tehini is CEO of Makook Smart Living, which was founded in February 2014, and is based in Dubai Internet City

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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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Zain Group forced to deny possible sale of towers across markets

Zain Group today issued a statement in which it sort to make an official comment on what it described as misleading media reports. The points it sought to address are as follows: 1. The media reports that infer Zain is seeking to sell towers in several of the markets it operates are inaccurate and misleading    […]

Nokia reports better-than-expected Q4 results

Nokia has reported net sales in Q4 2014 to end-December 2014 of €3.8 billion (US$4.3 billion), up 8.6 per cent year-on-year. The company’s full-year net sales amounted to €12.7 billion, flat on the previous year. Overall, Nokia recorded profit (non-IFRS) for Q4 of €356 million, up 12 per cent year-on-year, while profit (non-IFRS) for the […]

Vodacom awards Alcatel-Lucent GPON contract

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile service provider, to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand Vodacom’s enterprise and residential markets. The new converged network enables Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video. Vodacom will […]

Soenke Peters appointed head of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Levant

Nokia Networks today announced the appointment of Soenke Peters as head of its business in SKIL – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Levant that includes Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. In this elevated role, Peters takes charge of the company’s operations for the whole region, leading the end-to-end business responsibilities, including sales, delivery, customer relationship and […]

Ericsson sues Apple for licensing payments

On January 12, 2015, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson’s patents. In response Ericsson filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting the court to […]

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