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Zain Saudi Arabia and IHS deal to speed up development of Kingdom’s information tech infrastructure
April 23, 2019

JEDDAH — IHS Holding Limited (IHS), one of the largest independent owners, operators and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure in the world and leader in EMEA by tower count, said that the recent agreement signed with Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) will help accelerate the development of the Kingdom’s information technology infrastructure.

The agreement comprised the sale and lease back of Zain"...

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Saudi telco Mobily’s net profit skids 16.1% in first quarter
April 22, 2019

Saudi telecoms company Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) reported a more than 16 per cent dip in net income in the first three months of 2019 compared with the previous quarter, to 67.3 million Saudi riyals (Dh65.9m) after zakat and tax.

However, revenues for the first quarter ending March 31 increased 13 per cent year-on-year - reaching 3.2 billion riyals - Mobily said in a statement on Sunday"...

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Mobily Mashawir’ service unveiled
April 21, 2019

N collaboration with Uber, Mobily announced the launch of “Mobily Mashawir” service, which offers unlimited usage of the Uber and Google Maps mobile applications for Uber driver-partners using the app, for only SR30 per month.

The product, launched in collaboration with Uber, is the first of its kind. This partnership signifies a big moment for Uber driver-partners in the Kingdom, helping to reduce their monthly mobile bills, which is an"...

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5G infrastructure to be nervous system of digital economy
April 21, 2019

DUBAI — 5G infrastructure is set to become the nervous system of the ‘Digital Society’ and ‘Digital Economy’ with clear goals being set to deliver on the 5G promise by enabling boundless connectivity, deliver sustainable innovation, accelerate digital transformation and drive growth with new use cases, said Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Corporate Strategy and Governance Officer, Etisalat Group.

Al Shamsi shared his insights at"...

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IDEMIA Provides NOS with eSIM Management Solutions
April 20, 2019

(AETOS Wire)-- At the occasion of the launch of the first ever eSIM (embedded SIM) service on the Portuguese market, NOS today introduces with IDEMIA an eSIM subscription management commercial service for the consumer market, based on a physical voucher approach and future evolution towards a digital voucher.

As a major actor in the telecom field,"...

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Zain Saudi swings to profit in Q1 on rising product demand
April 18, 2019

The Saudi unit of Kuwait-based telecoms operator Zain Group posted a net profit of 129 million Saudi riyals (Dh126m) in the first quarter of 2019 versus a loss of 77m riyals a year ago, as revenues rose on higher demand for its product and services.

The net profit missed the average estimate of 191.3m riyals of three analysts polled by Bloomberg.

Net"...

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Huawei Launch Track AI to Help Detect Early Signs of Visual Impairment in Children across the World
April 17, 2019

Huawei has deployed its AI expertise with leading medical research bodies to help safeguard children's eyesight. Huawei is working with IIS Aragon and DIVE Medical to co-create Track AI, an AI-powered assessment designed to detect and diagnose early signs of visual impairment in children.

The World Health Organization estimates there are 19 million children in the world with visual"...

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New GSMA Study: Mobile Powering Economic Growth and Job Creation Across West Africa
April 17, 2019

West Africa’s mobile ecosystem generated more than $50 billion in economic value last year – equivalent to 8.7 per cent of the region’s GDP1, according to a new GSMA study. The 2019 West Africa edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report series is published at the ‘Mobile 360 – West Africa’ event being held in Abidjan this week. The study finds that rising mobile phone ownership and the ongoing migration to mobile broadband"...

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Huawei to drive discussion on 5G commercialization at SAMENA Leaders’ Summit
April 16, 2019

HUAWEI, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, will host the ‘5G is ON’ forum as part of the SAMENA Leaders’ Summit, scheduled on April 18, 2019. Huawei will explore the 5G readiness of the region and engage in discussions exploring the large-scale deployment and commercialization of 5G.

Private and public sector industry leaders will take part in Huawei’s"...

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Saudi regulator fines operators in telecom crackdown
April 15, 2019

The Saudi telecom regulator fined the country’s three main mobile operators in excess of 38 million riyals (Dh37m) in a new round of crackdown on market irregularities. The violations included the use of unlicenced frequencies, disregarding instructions in dealing with customer complaints and selling an undisclosed number of pre-paid cards without approval.

The three companies have"...

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