du will reduce its roaming rates in the GCC in line with the announcement made by the Gulf Cooperation Council's Secretariat General to reduce the roaming rates. Amongst du's lower rates, roaming customers will only be charged AED 0.95 per minute for all local calls made within the visited GCC country, AED 0.29 for all sent SMSes while roaming, whilst data roaming will only cost customers AED 4.77 per MB for both prepaid and postpaid customers.
The Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) recently inaugurated the landing of the Fifth Marine Cable (Sea Me We 5) under the auspices of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel. Attending the ceremony was the Governor of Communication and Information Technology Commission Dr. Abdulaziz AlRuwais, President of the Royal Commission in Yanbu Dr. Alaa Nassif, Governor of Yanbu Mousaed Al-Salim, CEO of Alcatel Submarine Networks Mr. Frank Maccary, Chairman of STC Board of Directors Dr. Abdullah Alabdulqader,…

SK Telecom planning nationwide LoRaWAN network

Written on Monday, 28 March 2016 05:45
Korean Telco SK Telecom has become the latest telco to announce plans for a nationwide low-powered wide area network based on the LoRaWAN technology. SK Telecom says it will invest a total of KRW100 billion ($85m) by 2017 to boost its IoT business. In addition to the nationwide LPWAN network, it plans to develop IoT-dedicated modules and to upgrade its IoT platform, ThingPlug, "to gain leadership in the IoT market and achieve win-win results with startups and SMEs."
Ooredoo Group has signed frame supply agreements with Alcatel-Lucent and with Ericsson. The new agreements follow Ooredoo's strategy to enhance network performance across its global footprint, to deliver a superior online experience for customers and to provide the foundations for a new wave of "smart" services.

IDC Names Telstra as Most Improved Telco in Asia Pacific

Written on Sunday, 20 March 2016 07:53
IDC, in the sixth edition of its annual assessment of next-generation telecom operators in Asia/Pacific, has named BT, Orange, Singtel and AT&T as the 'leaders' among next-generation telecom service providers in Asia/Pacific, but has singled out Telstra as the most improved telco over the year.

NTT Docomo Launches Global Mcommerce Provider

Written on Sunday, 20 March 2016 07:38
Japan's largest mobile network operator, NTT Docomo has set up Docomo Digital in London as a new global business operation that "brings together key assets and capabilities to enable m-commerce for mobile network operators, digital and real-world service providers, merchants and regulators."
KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom and Verizon have agreed to form a new global initiative, the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance, to develop an aligned 5G trial specification that will serve as a common, extendable platform for different 5G trial activity around the world. It will focus on technical fundamentals and promote a more inclusive, open and collaborative approach to the development of 5G trial networks, including 5G radio interface trial activities and providing the ability to test and validate…

Indosat Ooredoo and IBM Forge Five Year Partnerships

Written on Sunday, 20 March 2016 07:10
Indosat Ooredoo and IBM have announced a five year, $200m partnership under which IBM and Indosat Ooredoo subsidiary, Lintasarta, will develop and deliver solutions on the IBM Cloud to help businesses streamline processes and improve productivity.

Mobinil becomes Orange in Egypt

Written on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:08
Orange announced the launch of the Orange brand in Egypt; the Orange brand has replaced the Mobinil brand. Egypt is the latest subsidiary of the Orange Group to adopt the Orange brand and is the Group's largest operation in terms of customer numbers (33.4 million customers at the end of December 2015) and contributes over 27% of its revenues for the Middle East and Africa region.
Etihad Etisalat Mobily has signed a MoU with Huawei, for provision of managed network services for a term of next 5 years. The memorandum was signed on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress 2016, in Barcelona, Spain by Ahmed Farroukh, CEO Mobily and Ramadan Ding, CEO Huawei Tech. Investment Saudi Arabia Co., Ltd. Under the contract, Huawei will be providing managed network services Mobily network.
Employees of all Fujairah's government departments and their families will be privileged with world class voice and data services from du. As part of a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Zayoodi, director of the Human Resources Department in Fujairah, and Marwan Thani, vice president Government Sales at du. The telecommunication company will provide a host of telecommunications services to all Fujairah government entities based on their unique requirements, including national data plans and…

Saudi Telecom takes controlling stake in Kuwait's VIVA

Written on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:51
STC said it has raised its share in VIVA to a controlling stake after acquiring 25.8 percent of shares for $425 million. STC, the largest Arab telecommunications firm in terms of capitalization, had held a 26-percent stake in VIVA since its establishment in 2008 and was running the company.
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