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Back in the game

Alcatel-Lucent hosted its annual Tech Symposium in New Jersey in November, and the atmosphere was decidedly confident, be it on a low key basis. The company, which was facing deep financial distress just a couple of years ago appears to have turned the corner as it looks to change the gears of its ‘Shift Plan’ strategy and focus on innovating, transforming, and growing the companyPic 1 - 15187005674_ba018b0f89_h

Michel Combes was proud to report that as part of 2014’s Alcatel-Lucent Tech Symposium, the company had held its first investor day since 2006

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Mr. Deeds

On November 9, 2014, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) introduced the Virgin brand into Saudi Arabia, following up on the October 1 introduction of its co-brand FRiENDi mobile into the same market. While the decision to launch and incorporate two mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brands in the same market simultaneously has already set VMMEA apart from its competitors, the company’s ability to simply commercialise its operations in the kingdom is probably its largest differentiator to date DSC_3500 (2)

Mikkel Vinter said VMMEA is pursuing a 10x5x10 strategy, looking to be in 10 markets in five years, counting 10 million customers

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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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Etisalat Misr rolls out Ericsson’s Radio Dot system

Ericsson and Etisalat have partnered to deploy Ericsson’s Radio Dot system. This is the first implementation of its kind in Egypt and demonstrates the solution’s capabilities catering to the fast-growing demand for data traffic in Egypt. Ericsson Radio Dot system is a cost-effective, no-compromise solution to indoor coverage challenges. It is designed to support operators […]

Ericsson CMO pushes company’s move out of its comfort zone

Ericsson’s chief marketing officer and chief commercial officer, Helena Norrman, said the company had been preparing for the right conditions to introduce its ongoing transformation strategy for some years now, and that despite Ericsson’s leadership in the telecom infrastructure business, the company sees its future in areas that it does not currently exercise dominance in. […]

Ericsson looking to enable game-changers

Ericsson is on a mission to ‘enable game changers’, according to Rafiah Ibrahim, Ericsson’s head of Middle East and East Africa. Speaking recently at a roundtable event she said, “We are focussing on new areas to Ericsson such as broadcast and media, and are appealing to three groups of change makers, namely operators, broadcasters, and […]

Ericsson announces 2,200 redundancies

Ericsson is making 2,200 redundancies in Sweden, mainly in R&D and supply, as part of a wider two-year cost-cutting campaign. Previously announced at the company’s Capital Markets Day in November, the company gave out more details about the programme, including where the axe is going to fall. There are set to be further redundancies outside […]

Ooredoo passes 100 million subscriber milestone

Ooredoo today announced that its customer base has exceeded 100 million people across its footprint in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Ooredoo achieved this milestone in Q4 2014 according to figures released today, following a year that saw the company grow its customer base in key markets like Qatar, Algeria, and Oman, […]

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