With voice revenues on the slide, data services have long been viewed as the operators’ APRU saviour. Last year finally saw data overtake voice in terms of network load and with many operators now touting the benefits of affordable mobile broadband there is every chance that data volumes will soon dwarf traffic generated by voice. Crucially though, revenues generated from data services show no signs of spiralling upwards.
User generated content and social networking will be the driving forces behind the mobile internet, with the global market for Mobile Web 2.0 services forecast to be worth $22.4bn in 2013, up from $5.5bn in 2008. The key to this growth, according to industry analyst Juniper Research, is that the Mobile Web 2.0 provides an [...]
Mobile operators in more mature markets will need to adopt radical new business models over the next five years if they are to protect their profit margins, analysts have warned. Researchers at telecoms.com parent, Informa Telecoms & Media, said that while mobile operators in emerging markets will continue to enjoy strong revenue growth in the [...]
When you hear of a company that provides service to 185 million cellular customers, your thoughts turn to large international carriers like Vodafone and Telefonica, or maybe a major market giant operating in China or India. In fact, 185 million is the number of subscribers supported by Swedish vendor Ericsson through its portfolio of managed services contracts, according to the firm’s own figures.
Kuwaiti headquartered Zain is an operator with ambition. The firm’s stated aim is to become one of the world’s top ten international operators – judged by a range of parameters from market capitalisation and revenue to the size of its overall subscriber base. Today the firm operates in 22 markets across the Middle East and Africa, which it says positions it as the fourth largest player in the world in terms of footprint.
For years the ranking of global handset vendors was a fairly predictable exercise. Nokia was a number one, trailed by Motorola in second place and Samsung in third. Then Motorola’s persistent bout of ill health shook things up a bit, allowing Korean manufacturer Samsung to claim second position last year.
Middle Eastern carrier Zain announced that in the fiscal year 2007 it recorded the highest ever net profits in Kuwait’s private sector history. The operator, formerly known as MTC, repotded consolidated revenues of $5.91bn (KD1.677bn) for 2007, an increase of 32 per cent compared to 2006. The consolidated EBITDA increased by 25 per cent compared to [...]
United Arab Emirates carrier Etisalat this week posted fourth quarter net profits of Dirhams1.76bn ($479.3m), up 19.7 per cent from a year earlier. It’s an impressive return for a carrier that is operating in the newly competitive, highly saturated markets of the UAE. The company posted profit attributable to shareholders of Dirhams7.297 bn in 2007 [...]
The world’s advanced mobile markets, perhaps understandably, draw a majority share of industry attention. In these countries the latest technologies are used to showcase the most sophisticated services on the handset manufacturing community’s most cutting edge products.
It’s a happy new year for Nokia, as the Finnish vendor said Monday that it has bagged a $1bn contract to deliver kit and services to Saudi Arabian operator Zain. Nokia Siemens Networks said it has been tapped to supply a full turnkey 2G and 3G mobile network, including core and radio networks, operations and [...]
A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar on Monday, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. ictQatar, the country’s telecoms regulator said the Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium had been successful, submitting the highest bid in the second round auction. Other eligible consortiums submitting bids were the Verizon led [...]
Zain, the Kuwaiti operator formerly known as MTC (Mobile Telecommunications Company), announced on Saturday that it will buy Orascom Iraq-based subsidiary Iraqna Company for Mobile Phone Services for $1.2bn. In August 2007, Zain’s existing Iraq-based subsidiary, MTC-Atheer, made a successful bid of $1.25bn to secure one of three 15-year nationwide licences awarded by the Iraqi [...]
French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has called off discussions with Middle Eastern company Saudi Oger regarding an investment in Oger Telecom. Vivendi did not give a reason for the breakdown in talks and only said it will continue to pursue an acquisition strategy “with the emphasis on value creation at an acceptable price, [...]
October could be the end of Qtel’s 20 year monopoly on the Qatari telecoms sector, as the country’s regulator prepares to auction off the country’s second mobile licence. Final bids for the country’s second mobile license are due in September, with the winner of the second licence to be announced in October. Qatar is the [...]
Some of the most innovative operators from the Middle East & Gulf region this week called for regulators to either maintain or adopt a “light touch” approach to telecoms regulation in the fast growing market. Speaking at this week’s panel discussion, Examining the MEG Regional Telecoms Pricing Environment and Determining the Right Balance between Regulation [...]