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Touch, Alfa call for tariff price rise mandate

Touch, Alfa call for tariff price rise mandate

Lebanon state-owned operators Touch and Alfa have called for the government to mandate an increase in tariff prices, a move they said is required to curb their dwindling revenues to “ensure the continuity” of the telecoms sector.

STC, Nokia and MediaTek unveil 5G partnership

STC, Nokia and MediaTek unveil 5G partnership

STC, Nokia and MediaTek have revealed a joint effort to verify 3 Component Carrier Aggregation (3CC-CA) in a 5G standalone network for the first time in the Middle East, a method to optimally combine spectrum assets to enhance 5G experiences.  

Saudi Arabia bids to join ITU Council

Saudi Arabia bids to join ITU Council

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia Governor Dr. Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Tamimi announced the Kingdom's candidacy for membership of the ITU Council at the ITU Council 2022 session in Geneva.

Ericsson backs CEO and launches Iraq review

Ericsson backs CEO and launches Iraq review

Ericsson has announced a comprehensive review is being conducted by its new legal chief to get to the bottom of the company’s dealings in Iraq while backing chief executive Börje Ekholm to remain in charge despite the scandal.

Bahrain's cyber security agency signs MoU with Beyon Connect

Bahrain's cyber security agency signs MoU with Beyon Connect

Bahrain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Beyon Connect, the digital services provider for the public and private sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, have signed an MoU that will see the former adopt an innovative digital identity and digital postbox solutions

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e& looks to increase stake in Mobily

e& looks to increase stake in Mobily

United Arab Emirates-based operator group Etisalat (e&) has made an offer to increase its stake in Saudi Arabia’s Etihad (Mobily) in a deal that could be valued at up to US$2.12 billion.  

Etisalat becomes Samsung master distributor in UAE

Etisalat becomes Samsung master distributor in UAE

UAE's biggest telecom operator Etisalat, part of e&, has teamed up with Samsung to become the master distributor for the entire range of smart devices and solutions and operate the marketing, supply, and distribution of its products.

Ericsson breaches prosecution deferment again

Ericsson breaches prosecution deferment again

Ericsson has again breached its US deferred prosecution for withholding information about making payments to terrorist groups to conduct operations in Iraq, further engulfing the Swedish equipment maker in controversy.

Internal Ericsson report leaks reveal damaging corruption allegations

Internal Ericsson report leaks reveal damaging corruption allegations

Hard on the heels of recent news that there may have been serious compliance breaches by its contractors in Iraq, Ericsson’s internal investigations, leaked to a number of press sources, have revealed more damaging details – including allegations that the telecoms giant may have been involved

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Batelco Bahrain's 2021 net profit surges 16%

Batelco Bahrain's 2021 net profit surges 16%

Bahrain Telecommunication Company, trading as Batelco, has announced a net profit attributable to equity holders of the company of BHD65.9 million ($174.8 million) up 16% from the previous year's figures of BHD56.7 million ($150.4 million).

Turkcell Turkey revenues jump 23.4% in 2021

Turkcell Turkey revenues jump 23.4% in 2021

Turkcell announced revenues grew  23.4% to TRY35.92 billion (USD2.64 billion) in full-year 2021 results which were supported by ‘upsell efforts, price adjustments, and subscriber growth as well as the contribution of the fintech business, international operations, and equipment sales’.

Ericsson may have paid terrorists in Iraq

Ericsson may have paid terrorists in Iraq

Ericsson revealed an internal investigation found serious compliance breaches in Iraq, which included corruption among salespeople and consultants, and possible payments to terrorist organisations.

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