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MVNO Lebara launches in Saudi Arabia

MVNO Lebara launches in Saudi Arabia

European-based MVNO Lebara has announced the launch of its service in Saudi Arabia over Mobily’s network. The provider, named Lebara Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), was granted the licence as part of the Saudi regulator’s attempt to shake-up the country’s telecoms market by ordering each of the three operators to host an MVNO.

Virgin Mobile launches in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sees first MVNOs this week

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition.

Viva, STC in Gulf LTE roaming deal

The deal sees LTE roaming between Saudi and Kuwait

Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.

Virgin Mobile prepares Saudi MVNO launch

Virgin Mobile is preparing to launch an MVNO in Saudi Arabia

Virgin Mobile is preparing to launch an MVNO in Saudi Arabia after the country’s regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) issued the firm with an MVNO licence for the country, according to local reports.

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.

Group CTO, STC: “We are just at the beginning of the most exciting phase of mobile network development.”

Dr Zeyad Bin Thamer Al Otaibi, group CTO of STC

Dr Zeyad Bin Thamer Al Otaibi is the group CTO of STC, one of the leading operators in the Middle East region and will be conducting operator interviews on stage on Day One of the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 at the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. We talk to him about his views on how OTTs can contribute to the cost of networks, how LTE will leads to increased revenues and why unlimited deals may have a future after all.

Mobily: “LTE will lead to completely new customer segmentation.”

Khaled Bassuny, is senior vice president of customer care for Mobily

Khaled Bassuny, is senior vice president of customer care for Saudi operator, Mobily. According to Bassuny one of the keys to Mobily’s successful approach to customer service is its innovative use of social media.

ITC: “The challenge what we can squeeze out of our investment. These are the major concerns for operators.”

Mouin Abdallah,CTO of ITC, Saudi Arabia is speaking at LTE MENA, 29th-30th April, due to be held in Dubai

As one of the biggest economies in the Middle East, high-speed connectivity has long been important to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s Integrated Telecom Company, (ITC), is a service provider that offers internet access to both businesses and consumers. It possesses over 15,000km of fibre optic backbone infrastructure and two independent international gateways, providing it with a competitive advantage over its local rivals.

Saudi operators deliver LTE to Middle East

Mobily and STC have both launched LTE services in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has launched the first LTE service in the Middle East, but rival STC was hot on its heels, launching its own service a day later.

Batelco rings the changes with strategic and management shake-up

Cisco will reduce its workforce by 6,500 as it looks to cut costs

Big changes are underway at Bahrain’s incumbent operator Batelco, which has just unveiled an overhaul of its senior management; is reported to be planning to sell most of its stake in its Indian venture; and might soon be in control of Zain Saudi Arabia, with partner Kingdom Holding.

Operators battle to be first with Middle East LTE

UAE's Etisalat and Saudi's Mobily are battling to become the first LTE provider in the region

Mobile operators Etisalat in the UAE and Mobily in Saudi Arabia are vying to become the first LTE operator in the Middle East.

Data to deliver 25% of Middle East mobile revenues

Iran is the largest mobile market in the Middle East

Mobile data revenues in the Middle East will amount to more than $10bn per year by 2015, or almost a quarter of the region’s mobile revenues, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media.

RIM carries Torch for BlackBerry 6; security wins

In a slider form factor the Torch is making the most of BlackBerry 6 by packing a hard keypad as well as a full touchscreen

Tuesday’s launch of the BlackBerry 6 OS, Research In Motion’s new flagship operating system and accompanying hero device – the Torch – was overshadowed by ongoing privacy concerns over the RIM network in the Middle East and India.

MENA broadband markets ripe for investment

Perceptions about the Middle East and North Africa countries’ ability to foster e-commerce are increasingly becoming outdated. The pace of development in the last three years has been truly impressive. Operators across the region are investing large sums in getting high-speed, high-capacity and cost effective telecoms networks into the region and the current infrastructure is much more advanced than perhaps they have been given credit for.