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Yemen Operator secures Optimi software services

Managed network growth and increased demand for voice and data services are two challenges facing an operator in Yemen. Optimi, which supplies customised planning, optimisation and monitoring solutions for new wireless technologies, has won the contract to supply software solutions to the problem.

Turkey, Tanzania top mobile ownership tax table

Financial analyst Deloitte has revealed the countries whose rates of taxation, direct or indirect, on mobile communications are the highest in the world. Heaviest tax is in Turkey, where the taxation rate as a cost of mobile ownership is over 2.5


Huawei helps out Saudi Telecom during peak pilgrim traffic

The Hajj is the world's largest annual religious pilgrimage: three million participants worldwide arrive in Mecca, a 10 km² area. Over five days this same area witnesses one of the highest mobile traffic densities in the world. Even Saudi Telecom Company, the biggest mobile operator in the Middle...

2007 will be watershed year for Egyptian communications

Egypt's telecom market is fairly liberalised, declares the Arab Advisors Group. By December 2006, the regulator (NTRA) had issued more than 200 telecom licences, three cellular licences, two payphone licences, two prepaid calling card licences, four VSAT licences and four international GMPCS


Banning VoIP calls? Wrong, Emirates!

Developing-market observers are very often impressed with the way that Middle Eastern countries have shown the greatest enthusiasm for implementing telecoms technologies. One recent disappointment, however, concerns the termination of Skype telephony in the United Arab Emirates. Developing...

Saudi Arabia - financing the future

The very fact that Saudi Arabia needs to consider the financing of its future growth and development is an indication of how much has changed in the Kingdom in the past few years. It's not that the oil is running out. But other issues such as demographic change and regional instability are leading...

Mid-East spotlight

Arab telecom operators served 85 million cellular subscribers and 30 million fixed telephony lines in 2005. The Middle East and North Africa is a rapidly expanding market, as detailed in a new report.

EITC ready to take on Etisalat

Declaring that it is ready for competition with Etisalat, Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (EITC, UAE's second telecommunications operator) has announced that it will launch mobile