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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The benefits of intelligence

The phenomenal growth in mobile data traffic since the launch of the first 3G networks a decade ago has been well documented. This surge in usage has only accelerated as networks and connecting devices have grown in sophistication and processing power, and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is a firm believer that intelligent management of mobile broadband infrastructure is necessary for operators to fully maximise the opportunities IMG_4318 (1280x853)

Marko Teivas is Senior Solution Manager, Packet Core Sales Team, NSN

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No edge broadband

In an exclusive interview with Comm., Bob Cai, Huawei VP of Wireless Network Marketing highlights the role being played by the technology provider in driving forward the mobile broadband success story and forecasts key developments that are set to define the further development of the industry in the coming yearsBob Cai, VP Wireless Marketing, Huawei (2)

Bob Cai is Huawei’s VP or Wireless Network Marketing

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Zain Jordan to pay US$200 million for 4G licence

Jordan is expected to have in place its first LTE network by the end of this year after Zain was awarded the necessary licence. Zain Jordan was the sole qualified bidder in the controversial 4G licence tender, and paid JD142 million (US$200 million) for the licence, and a further JD50 million for additional 3G radio […]

Third Saudi MVNO may enter market a year later than first two

In a ceremony held at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) this afternoon, the Saudi telecom regulator officially handed possession of the kingdom’s two MVNO licences to Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA), and to Jawraa Lebara. A third licence, which had initially been won by Axiom Telecom and subsequently suspended, was not […]

Vodafone Qatar appoints new chief business officer and CTO

Vodafone Qatar today announced new appointments to the company’s management team. Mahmud Awad has been appointed as chief business officer and Ramy Reyad as chief technology officer. Mahmud Awad (right) has been appointed Vodafone Qatar’s chief business officer Ramy Reyad (left) is Vodafone Qatar’s incoming chief technology officer With 18 years of telecom experience, Awad […]

Axiom’s Saudi MVNO licence cancelled and set to be re-tendered

The Communications and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC), is to issue a fresh tender for the country’s third MVNO licence after apparently cancelling the one granted to Axiom Telecom last year. Axiom Telecom had a provisional licence to offer services over the Zain network, but in the middle of March this year when […]

Motorola Mobility appoints Rick Osterloh president and COO

Motorola Mobility has announced that its new president and COO will be Rick Osterloh with immediate effect. He replaces Dennis Woodside, who announced that he was leaving the company just after Google announced its deal to sell the company to Lenovo. Osterloh is a Silicon Valley veteran and a familiar face across Motorola, where he […]

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