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Ooredoo tops one million mobile money subscribers

Qatari group Ooredoo says it now has one million mobile money subscribers

Qatari operator group Ooredoo now has one million mobile money customers across its global footprint. The group, which has a presence in Qatar, Indonesia and Tunisia added that mobile money services have contributed to economic and social development in the markets it operates in.

Zain Bahrain inks managed services deal with Ericsson

Zain Bahrain has called on Ericsson to manage, plan and optimise its network in Bahrain

Middle East operator group Zain has called on kit vendor Ericsson to manage, plan and optimise its network in Bahrain. The four year managed services deal will result in improved network stability and quality for the operator, said Ericsson.

Director, Professional Services, Du, UAE: “SDN promises to enable us to crack expensive proprietary black boxes of network manufacturers”

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE, is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the conference we find out more about how SDN can enable networks to respond to changing demands and how cloud represents a real opportunity for telcos.

Batelco signs MoU with Huawei

Huawei and Batelco have signed an MoU

Bahraini operator group Batelco has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Chinese kit vendor Huawei. The MoU will see the two companies deepen their strategic alliance in developing future projects within Bahrain and globally.

Ooredoo inks Disney deal for MENA

Ooredoo has inked a content deal with Walt Disney Entertainment

Qatari operator group Ooredoo has signed a deal with Walt Disney Middle East and North Africa to bring the latter’s content to Ooredoo customers on smart devices.

Iraq’s Asiacell appoints CEO

Amer Al Sunna, CEO at Asiacell Iraq

Iraqi operator Asiacell, a subsidiary of Qatari operator group Ooredoo, has appointed Amer Al Sunna as its CEO.

SDN could cut ‘backhaul shortfall’ in half, save ops $5bn

SDN could save operators over $4bn

Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Orange to launch mobile payments with Visa in Botswana

Orange is bringing mobile payment services to Africa

Operator group Orange is planning to launch a set of mobile payment services in Botswana and other countries in Africa and the Middle East, which it says will easy access to funds around the clock and bring new point of sale, online and ATM transaction options to customers.

Saudi Telecom to offload Indonesian unit

Indonesia has dragged on STC earnings

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has entered talks with an as yet unnamed party with a view to selling its Indonesian asset – PT Axis Telekom. STC owns an 80.10 per cent shareholding directly and 3.725 per cent indirectly in Axis.

Orange uses Total network to extend money service

Orange will use the Total station network

Orange and oil and gas group Total have forged a partnership in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stations in the regions, spanning a total of 13 countries to date.

Broadband InfoVision Awards 2013: Best Broadband Partnership

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The broadband industry is built on partnerships, and the best examples of these are to be recognised in first category of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards (to be held in Amsterdam on October 23rd, 2013)

National broadband plans “crucial” to success, says ITU

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Countries with a clearly-defined national vision for broadband roll-out are significantly out-performing those with a more relaxed approach to broadband development, according to a new report by the International Telecommunications Union

Nearly one billion broadband subs expected by 2018

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

The number of broadband subscribers worldwide will increase by around 50 per cent over the next five years to reach 940 million by the end of 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving much of this growth according to new figures from UK research firm Point Topic.

Iraq gets LTE

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

LTE services have been deployed in Iraq, by network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent and Regional Telecom, a communications service provider in Northern Iraq.

VP product development, Technocentre, Orange: “RCS, LTE and VoLTE mean customers will have no reason to go elsewhere for communications”

Pierre François Dubois, VP product development, Technocentre, Orange, France

Pierre François Dubois, VP product development, Technocentre, Orange, France is speaking on ‘Maximising the benefits of LTE with RCS’ on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how RCS will both benefit consumers and help to maximise operator revenue.

Du extends 100G transport network in UAE

Huawei has signed an MoU with Etisalat to help set the foundations for an intensive internship program

Du, one of the two major telcos in the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build the second phase of its high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the country.

Etisalat and Ooredoo to battle over Maroc Telecom

Vivendi has revealed that  it has received two binding offers for its 53 per cent stake in Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom

French conglomerate Vivendi has revealed that it has received two binding offers for its 53 per cent stake in Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom.

Du signs project management agreement with Huawei

Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei

UAE operator Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei. Under the terms of the agreement, the two firms will and exchange project management experiences, knowledge and research, according to the operator.

Ooredoo switches on LTE in Qatar

Ooredoo has announced the launch of its LTE network

Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.

Altimo makes a play for Orascom Telecom Holding

Altimo has made a bid to own all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding

Russian operator group Altimo has made a bid to acquire all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH). The firm made an offer via the Egyptian Stock Exchange, and OTH said it learned about the offer through a notice published by Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA).

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