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Jan 22, 2007 The ITU Telecom World 2006 delivered on its tradition of being the event that brings the telecoms sector worldwide together once every three years in order to discuss the most pertinent issues facing the sector. Given the expansion of telecoms into the adjacent worlds of multimedia, information technology and entertainment, the theme for the event was aptly described as “living the digital world”.
Jan 22, 2007 Ross Cormack, CEO of Oman’s second operator Nawras, has had a lot to smile about since CommsMEA last spoke with him in September 2005. Since then Nawras has focused on building upon its market launch in an attempt to push past its already formidable 30% market share. Christopher Reynolds asks Cormack about Nawras’ current operations and plans for future expansion.
Jan 22, 2007 Basking in the afterglow of having successfully executed its role of being the communications provider for the largest sporting event to be hosted in the Middle East, Qtel’s top management are now turning their minds to strategic manoeuvrings that are set to start in 2007 and see the telco become one of the 20 largest telecoms providers in the world by 2020.
Jan 22, 2007 Enterprises in the Middle East are realising the benefits satellite connectivity can bring to their business, from redundancy planning, to the transmission of digital content from a single location to multiple branches. CommsMEA takes a look at how leading players in the satellite communications industry are expanding their business portfolios.
Jan 22, 2007 The issue of the commercialisation of voice over IP (VoIP) was a contentious one in the Middle East region throughout 2006 and this trend looks likely to intensify in 2007 as national regulators attempt to protect the interests of incumbent operators while at the same time promoting the introduction of disruptive technologies.
Jan 23, 2007 Juniper built on its success as a niche provider of IP networking and security solutions in the MENA region during 2006, appointing a new VP of EMEA and signing a new deal with UAE incumbent Etisalat to deploy its ESeries and M-Series routing platforms. CommsMEA caught up with regional director Mohamad Abdul-Malak to discuss the challenges and future opportunities facing Juniper in the region.
Jan 23, 2007 Connecting 1,000 people a minute (18 per second, according to GSMworld.com), GSM service providers are fuelling the most rapid advance of a technology ever witnessed. It is progress that is closing the digital divide: the gap between communities that have access to advanced communications technologies and those that do not. A pivotal factor in maintaining this “connection momentum” is the need to extend reach in emerging markets to the remote towns and villages that house a good proportion of these countries’ populations.
Dec 01, 2006 Warid Telecom International is a privately held telecoms company backed by the Abu Dhabi Group, and led by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, minister for higher education and chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology and University of Al Ain. CommsMEA speaks to Marwan Zawaydeh, group chief technology officer of the usually media-shy Warid Telecom, about the company's investments, aspirations and support received by being owned by the ruling family of Abu Dhabi.
Dec 01, 2006 As telecoms markets across the Middle East continue to deregulate at a rapid pace, a growing opportunity exists to offer operators support in the new competitive landscape being created. Dubai Airport Free Zone based Workz Middle East is well positioned to support network operator activities related to supply and retail chain management and is making good progress in helping operators make their processes more efficient.
Dec 01, 2006 WiMAX is at a critical juncture - the technology is ready, but it needs spectrum. Intel is currently on a drive to lay out its WiMAX vision to regulators around the world, and its first stop was in Cairo to talk to regulators in the Middle East and Africa. Eliot Beer was there to sit in on the discussions.