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Saudi Telecom Group CEO resigns

Former Saudi Telecom Group CEO Khaled Al-Ghoneim

The CEO of Saudi Telecom Group Khaled Al-Ghoneim has resigned from his role, citing “special circumstances” as his reasons.

Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar: “We see significant benefits to deploying a technology that is universally adopted”

Ged Robinson

Ged Robinson, Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar is speaking on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we gain his insight into the challenges the carrier market is facing in meeting the needs of the critical communications market.

Optical network market “poised for growth in 2013″

optical fibre

The global market for optical network hardware looks set to have a good year in 2013, with North America and 100G expected to shine particularly bright, according to a report from Infonetics Research.

Ooredoo announces Q4 rise in profit

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qatar-based Qtel

Qatar based Ooredoo, the operator formerly known as QTel, has announced its fourth quarter revenues rose by 6.2 per cent to reach QAR8.71bn ($2.4bn). Net profit also increased by 14.6 per cent to QAR523m.

Regional Manager Gulf, Google: “Mobile search is becoming increasingly crucial”

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google is delivering a keynote of the opening day of the Broadband MEA conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role and what opportunities he sees for Google in the region.

Etisalat calls on Huawei’s consultancy services

Dubai-based Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services deal with Huawei

UAE-based operator group Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei. According to the operator, Huawei’s business consulting team will partner with Etisalat stakeholders to assist in developing the operator’s mobile broadband services and its digital services portfolio.

“Unlimited service plans can kill the network”: CTO, MobinNet, Iran

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet, Iran, is appearing on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet, Iran, is appearing on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we catch-up with him to get an overview of how the operator is looking to transition from WiMAX to LTE.

Casting a Net across the Middle East

Europe dominates the global broadband top 10 connectivity chart, but South Korea leads

The internet is an incredible resource for growth and innovation; it sparks creativity and connects people across the world, whilst supporting the global economy. RIPE NCC’s Paul Rendek explains how internet infrastructure and development in the Middle East is a completely different landscape compared to two years ago.

Director, Mobile Core for Etisalat : “I believe LTE will be more cost-effective than other technologies”

Mohammed AbdelQadir, Director, Mobile Core for Etisalat

Mohammed AbdelQadir, Director, Mobile Core for Etisalat, UAE is speaking on Day One of the LTE MENA 2013 conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show he gives us an overview of the Middle-East region and describes some of the technical and business challenges facing the operator as it deploys LTE.

CTO, Qnbn: “The arrival of fibre-optic broadband will change people’s lives dramatically”

Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, CTO of Q.NBN is delivering a keynote address on Day Two of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference

Ahmed Alsulati, CTO, Qatar National Broadband Network, Qatar is delivering a keynote address on Day Two of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about why faster speeds are so important and how Qnbn copes with the demands on its network.

CTO, MobinNet: “TD-LTE is a better choice for delivering mobile data than FDD LTE”

Nima Pournejatian is CTO of MobinNet, Iran

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet, Iran is speaking on Day One of the inaugural TD-LTE Summit taking place on the 23rd-24th April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him on the subject of what the advantages TD-LTE brings to operators and what MobinNet’s plans are for the technology.

Nawras CEO: “Data throttling harms customer perception of service quality”

Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras

Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras is delivering the opening day keynote address at the Broadband MEA 2013 conference taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the conference we speak to him about the challenges facing the Omani operator in the region.

Principal Consultant, Middle-East Telecoms: “The Middle East region has consistently driven innovation”

Adnan Salkic, Senior Consultant for Strategy on projects for Middle East telecom operators

Adnan Salkic, Senior Consultant for Strategy on projects for Middle-East telecom operators, is speaking in the HetNets track on Day One of the LTE MENA 2013 conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the technology and techniques that operators in the region, and worldwide, will have to employ to cope with the incoming data onslaught.

Narrowband internet nears extinction in UAE

Broadband speeds continue to soar in the UAE

A new report from US firm Pyramid Research predicts that fixed broadband connections in the United Arab Emirates will continue to grow strongly over the next five years while slower speeds will disappear altogether.

Director, Product Marketing, Etisalat: “FTTH is necessary for businesses and consumers”

Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat

Ahead of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE, we speak to Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat on the latest broadband developments in the region and his views on issues such as piracy and FTTH deployment.

Saudi’s Mobily to offer cloud services through partnership

Mobily has signed an agreement with Virtustream to offer cloud services to enterprises and SMBs

Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has inked a partnership with enterprise cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider Virtustream to offer cloud services to enterprises and small-to-medium businesses. Under the terms of the deal, Mobily will use Virtustream’s xStream cloud management software to run its public and hybrid clouds.

du migrates to single IP network to boost convergence

du is seeking convergence

UAE telco du has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for IP-routing technology to consolidate all its telecoms services onto a single network, with big gains in speed and performance expected, along with simplified network operation.

CTO, Zain: “Data growth is the biggest challenge in today’s market”

Yousef Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain

Yousef Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain, is delivering the opening keynote on Day Two of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we learn about Zain’s activities in the past year, why wifi offload is crucial for it and of which technologies it is making use.

Etisalat mulls bid for stake in Maroc Telecom

Etisalat is mulling over a bid for Morocco's Maroc Telecom

UAE based operator group Etisalat has confirmed that it has submitted a preliminary expression of interest to acquire French conglomerate Vivendi’s 53 per cent shareholding in Maroc Telecom, as it looks to expand its geographic footprint. Maroc Telecom, a publicly listed company on both the Casablanca and Euronext Paris Stock Exchanges, is Morocco’s market leading operator with over 17.4 million subscribers in Morocco, according to Informa’s WCIS.

ANALYSIS: The war operators can’t win

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As mobile operators expand their geographical horizons, they are increasingly finding themselves setting up shop in emerging markets; markets that are dynamic and undergoing major economic and social transition. However, as many have recently found out, such markets are not without their challenges and can often play home to political unrest. Providing the lines of communication to the general public during times of intense political turmoil can be a gruelling task for operators.

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