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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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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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Nokia Networks appoints Bernard Najm as VP and head of MEA business

Nokia Networks today announced the appointment of Bernard Najm as vice president and head of its business in Middle East and Africa, effective December 15, 2014. Najm, who will be based in Dubai, is currently leading the business in the sub-region called “SKIL” – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Levant that includes Lebanon, Jordan and […]

Al-Kaabi made acting CEO of Canar Sudan

Etisalat Group announced today the appointment of Sulaiman Salim Al-Kaabi as acting CEO of Canar – an Etisalat subsidiary in Sudan. Al-Kaabi brings to the role 16 years of professional experience within Etisalat Group. He joined Etisalat after his graduation from Etisalat College of Engineering in 1998 – where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of […]

Qualcomm’s problems mount as its cuts 600 jobs

Qualcomm is to cut 600 jobs around the world as part of efforts to refocus its business in new areas, a company representative confirmed to CNET. The chipmaker faces a number of challenges, including several investigations into its business practices in several markets. It also recently revised down its fiscal expectations. CNET reported that slightly […]

Zain Saudi Arabia believes it has not case to answer regarding Mobily’s accusations

Zain Saudi Arabia confirmed it received a request, dated November 16, from a representative of Mobily to commence arbitration procedures in relation to Mobily’s demand that Zain pay Mobily the amount of SAR2.21 billion (US$587 million), which Mobily alleges that Zain owes it under a services agreement, dated May 6, 2008, entered into between Zain […]

Albrecht to step down as Millicom CEO

Hans-Holger Albrecht, the president and CEO of Millicom is to stand down from his position at the end of the year. The company’s board of directors will now embark on a search for a replacement with a committee including chairman Cristina Stenbeck and two company directors formed for the task. Tim Pennington, the company’s CFO, […]

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