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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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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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Deadline to close WhatsApp acquisition may be extended to August 2015

Facebook said it may extend the deadline for closing the US$19 billion deal to acquire the world’s most popular messaging service provider, WhatsApp. In its recent quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook said it agreed to a termination fee of US$1 billion in cash and an issue of common stock […]

Batelco suffers profits decline in Q214

Batelco has reported a 22.4 per cent decline in its second quarter profits as the company was hurt by one-off costs as well as increased competition in its core markets. The company did not elaborate on what the one-off costs were. Batelco is estimated to have made a net profit of US$27.6 million for Q214, […]

3G licensing in Iraq doubtful in 2014

Zain Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer is doubtful that 3G will be licensed in Iraq during the course of this year, given the worsening security conditions in the country. Speaking to analysts on a conference call, Gegenheimer said, “I don’t expect 3G (in Iraq) this year. I am not that optimistic about it given that the […]

Vodafone Group revenue down 4.4% in Q2

Vodafone Group announced a weak organic Q1 performance in its core European markets, although it claimed there is “evidence of commercial improvement” in Germany, Italy and the UK. On an organic basis, group revenue fell by 4.4 per cent to GBP10.2 billion (US$17.31 billion), with service revenue falling by 4.2 per cent to GBP9.45 billion. […]

LG ships 14.5 million smartphones in Q2, boosting quarterly results

LG Electronics reported that a strong performance from its mobile unit, as well as its TV operation, led to a 165 per cent increase in Q2 group profit, as the company also saw record smartphone shipments. LG Mobile Communications shipped 14.5 million smartphones during the three months, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase. More than […]

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