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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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Taking TD-LTE mainstream

Given the widespread commercialisation of LTE networks, technology providers are now looking to draw attention to the significance of TD-LTE in the development of optimal networks and services. Bernard Najm, Nokia Networks Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE, describes the importance of the technology, and why network operators should be incorporating TD-LTE into their current network investment plansBNa_S5

Bernard Najm is Nokia Networks’ Head of the Global Business Programme for TD-LTE

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Contradictions of the modern telecom sector

There is no doubt that the telecom industry is one of the few that has revolutionised the way people live. Maybe the airline or automotive industries have had a similarly profound impact, and it would be very hard to imagine life without Internet, business without emails, and such. In today’s connected world, telecommunications has become a lifeline that we simply cannot do without.M.Jamoussi

Mohamed Jamoussi, Senior Advisor, Saudi Telecom Group

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Uganda telco market ripe for consolidation

Airtel Uganda’s managing director, Tom Gutjahr, does not think that the country can sustain all of its seven operators, which fight over a market with a population of 35 million. “It’s an absolute illusion to believe that four, five, six mobile operators can ever be profitable in one country,” Gutjahr told Reuters, adding that, “it’s […]

Airtel sells 4,800 towers to America Tower in Nigeria

Airtel has inked a deal to sell more than 4,800 masts in Nigeria to American Tower, for an unspecified sum. Under the terms of the agreement, Airtel will be the anchor tenant for the towers over a ten-year period. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2015, subject to conditions and […]

Khalid al-Kaf suspended as accounting probe undertaken

Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest telco has suspended its chief executive Khalid al-Kaf and put his deputy Serkan Okandan in temporary charge pending an investigation into accounting errors. Earlier this month the company announced a restatement of its results which it blamed on accounting errors, wiping out SAR 1.43 billion (US$381 million) of previously reported profits […]

Zain finds its voice as last

After years failing to articulate a cohesive, forward-looking strategy, Zain Group this morning detailed an intensive five-year plan aimed at nearly doubling its revenues to US$7 billion by 2019 and investing US$5 billion in network and associated infrastructure CAPEX in order to stay ahead of the curve. Speaking at the company’s annual Zain Technology Day […]

VMMEA follows up launch of Friendi brand in Saudi with Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) today announced the launch of its Virgin Mobile service in Saudi Arabia. Last month VMMEA launched Friendi Mobile as the first MVNO brand in the kingdom, and by now adding Virgin Mobile the Dubai-based regional telecom arm of the Virgin Group, is further strengthening its competitive position in […]

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