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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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Qualcomm lowers fiscal full-year revenue forecast by US$1 billion

Qualcomm has reported that its fiscal second quarter performance to March 29, 2015 yielded net earnings of US$1.1 billion, down 45% from US$2 billion a year earlier. Results for the quarter included a US$975 million charge related to a settlement with Chinese regulators over a probe of Qualcomm under anti-monopoly law. Qualcomm’s revenues for the […]

Zain Saudi Arabia reduces Q115 quarterly loss to US$68.5 million

Zain Saudi Arabia announced a 27 per cent increase in EBITDA to SAR348 million (US$93 million) quarter-on-quarter, with the telco’s EBITDA margin rising to 21 per cent in Q115, up from 17 per cent in the previous quarter. Revenues were up nine per cent year-on-year to SAR 1.678 billion in Q1, and by six per […]

Etisalat Group’s Q1 results reflect rebound

Etisalat Group reported that its aggregate subscriber base reached 173 million at the end of March 2015, representing net additions of 28 million subscribers for the previous 12 months. Consolidated net profit for the quarter after Federal Royalty amounted to AED2.2 billion (US$602 million) reflecting a net profit margin of 17 per cent, up from […]

Not everyone pleased with Nokia’s €15.6 billion takeover offer for Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia is set to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at €15.6 billion (US$16.6 billion), building up its telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson. With approximately 114,000 employees and sales of around €26 billion, the combined company will rank a strong second in mobile equipment, with […]

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 […]

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