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Nokia joins with Rotana on music

Mobile phone giant Nokia has teamed up with Rotana, the world's largest producer and distributor of Arabic music, to offer personalised music content to its customers in the Middle East. Through the initiative, Rotana content will be available on two of Nokia’s handsets, the Nokia 3250 and the N91 multimedia computer.

Users can access the application directly from the mobile menu on their devices and download to their handset their favourite Khaliji, Egyptian, Lebanese and other Middle Eastern songs, ringtones and wallpapers.

Motorola ponders Sagem purchase

US mobile phone giant Motorola is rumoured to be eyeing up French mobile phone and fax company Sagem.

“We have a serious interest in Sagem. It’s an option in a sector that is in the process of consolidating…I do not know yet if we will get it,” Ronald Garriques, the head of Motorola’s mobile devices business told French daily newspaper Le Figaro in an interview, according to news agency Reuters.

Sagem belongs to French aero engines and telecoms group Safran.

Egypt and Jordan sign agreement

The telecommunications regulatory commission of Jordan and the telecommuncations regulatory authority of Egypt said this month that they would be working more closely together. The two bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and in a statement said that the purpose of the agreement was to develop co-operation, exchange experiences, knowledge and information in ICT.

Meanwhile, Qatar Telecom has signed a MoU with Korea Telecom. The two telecom operators plan to work together on infrastructure construction and IT solution delivery under the agreement.

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