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Middle East and African operators to collaborate on infrastructure sharing

Middle East and African operator groups have agreed to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives

Mobile operator groups serving the Middle East and Africa have agreed to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives in an effort to provide mobile broadband access to unserved rural communities in the region. The operators also intend to drive down the cost of mobile services for consumers across the regions.

WeDo scores RA deal with Zain

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Portuguese business assurance software provider WeDo Technologies has announced a deal with Zain that will see the Middle Eastern mobile operator deploy WeDo’s revenue assurance product, Raid, in Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq.

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.

CTO, Zain, Jordan: “Monetising data networks has become more challenging”

Yousef Mutawe, CTO, Zain, Jordan

Yousef Mutawe, CTO, Zain, Jordan, is delivering a keynote on Day One of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenge of meeting the data demands of Zain’s customers.

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.

Vodafone eyes Middle East expansion with Zain deal

Vodafone and Zain have inked a deal to expand their footprints in the Middle East

In a move to capitalise on the mounting opportunity in the Middle East operator groups Zain and Vodafone have announced a partnership to enhance each other’s footprint in the region.

Zain records 7% rise in profit

Zain has refocused its attentions

Kuwait-based operator Zain on Tuesday reported a seven per cent year on year increase in net income for the first nine months of 2011, to reach $762.5m, supported by a 2.2 per cent increase in revenues to reach $3.6bn.

Airtel and Safaricom clash over MNP

Kenya's mobile players are locked in a battle for market share

An increasingly bitter war between Kenyan operators Safaricom and Airtel has spilled into the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) space. Barely two weeks after the country introduced MNP, a war of words has broken out between the two telcos, with each accusing the other of sabotage and the use of nefarious tactics to prevent subscribers from switching providers.

Etisalat officially cools talks with Zain

Etisalat has officially called an end to its talks with Zain

UAE operator Etisalat has officially called an end to its talks with Zain, despite the fact that the latter may have found a buyer for its Saudi unit.

Zain accepts offer for Saudi unit

Zain has accepted an offer of $950m for its 25 per cent stake in Saudi’s Zain KSA

The on again off again sale of Zain’s Saudi Arabian operation looked a bit more solid on Tuesday, when the Kuwait-headquartered carrier accepted an offer, from a joint venture made up of Bahrain’s Batelco and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).

Exile on Zain Street

Etisalat is reportedly negotiating for a 46 per cent stake in Kuwaiti operator Zain, in a deal that would be worth $10.5bn

For a long time, Informa Telecoms & Media analysts have felt like lone voices in the wilderness, banging on about the potential for MVNOs in Saudi Arabia, only to be met with apparent indifference and even scorn.

Bharti rebrands Zain Africa operations

Bharti Airtel has begun the re-branding process across the 16 ex-Zain operations in the region

India-based Bharti Airtel, the new owner of Zain’s African assets has begun the re-branding process across the 16 operations in the region.

Operator, know thyself

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UK-based carrier Vodafone, Big Red as it’s affectionately known, is in a right old pickle. Pieter Knook, the ex-Microsoft man hired to spearhead the operator’s designs on the mobile internet space, has done the Frank with barely concealed glee. Just prior to his exit on Tuesday, Knook had posted his parting shot (since removed) on twitter. “Freedom beckons,” he tweeted as he went skipping off into the sunset leaving the smoking wreckage that is Vodafone 360 behind him.

Why Etisalat’s move for Zain makes sense

Etisalat is reportedly negotiating for a 46 per cent stake in Kuwaiti operator Zain, in a deal that would be worth $10.5bn

UAE operator Etisalat’s offer for a 46 per cent stake in Zain is a move that makes a lot of sense in terms of advancing Etisalat’s own expansion plans, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

Etisalat to buy 46% of Zain in $10.5bn deal

UAE operator Etisalat is reportedly negotiating for a 46 per cent stake in Kuwaiti operator Zain, in a deal that would be worth $10.5bn.

The God delusion

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So the new iPhone is here—the iPhone 4. It’s a thing of beauty, no doubt about it—and it has behind it a short but very impressive line of forbears. The iPhone lineage has changed the way that people perceive, define and use mobile phones. It has had more positive impact than any other device on consumer enthusiasm for mobile data. And it has been the interface for one of the most important and influential developments the industry has seen in recent times; the App Store.

Orascom, MTN call off acquisition talks

Orascom, MTN call off acquisition talks

Egyptian carrier Orascom, run by billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris, said this week that it has called off discussions with regional powerhouse MTN.

Zain Kuwait outsources network to Motorola

Zain Kuwait outsources network to Motorola

US vendor Motorola said this week that it has scored a contract with Zain Kuwait, to operate and manage the carrier’s 3G network.

New best friends

Anyone over here in the UK keeping an eye on the new Tory-LibDem coalition government in anticipation of its likely approach to the communications sector would have been interested to see this week that new Prime Minister David Cameron’s first order of the day was to ban mobile phones from cabinet meetings. The Informer has no idea what kind of usage Cameron fears would interrupt his weekly governmental chinwags; perhaps he’s worried that his new deputy will forever be tweeting about electoral reform.

Investing in Africa tip ten: Build a robust distribution model

Build a robust distribution model

Distribution is one of the most important and yet overlooked factors determining success or failure in the African mobile market.

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