Orange reveals MEA strategy, launches separate holding entity

Orange yesterday reaffirmed ambitions to grow its presence across Africa and the Middle East via acquisition, as the company established a separate holding company for its operations in the regions, effective from this month. The move, which has been mooted for over year, will …

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MVNO Lebara launches in Saudi Arabia

European-based MVNO Lebara has announced the launch of its services in Saudi Arabia over Mobily’s network. The provider, named Lebara Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), was granted the licence as part of the Saudi regulator’s attempt to shake-up the country’s telecoms market by ordering each of the three operators to host an MVNO. Lebara, […]

Virgin Mobile launches in Saudi Arabia

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition. As reported by Reuters, VMMEA has launched two brands […]

100Gbps Singapore-Europe submarine cable set for 2016 completion

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the work for a new 20,000km-long 100Gbps submarine cable connecting Europe to South East Asia via Middle East is under way. and is expected to complete by 2016.

VoLTE deployments set to double next year

The introduction of VoLTE is accelerating with 21% of operators currently investing in deployments, and according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) the figure is set to double next year. So far a total of 10, of which seven this year, commercial VoLTE-enabled HD voice services have been launched, and the GSA is expecting eight more by the end of 2014.

Nokia fleshes out network deployment skills with second acquisition

In an acquisition double whammy that took place at the end of last week, Nokia Networks revealed that it picked up a second company, Israel-based Nice Systems, also for an undisclosed sum. The geolocation specialist will give Nokia enhancements in the planning and optimisation of mobile networks, the company said.

Viva, STC in Gulf LTE roaming deal

Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.

Kalaam Bahrain buys Lightspeed from Orange

Bahraini alternative telecoms provider Kalaam Telecom has become the country’s second largest business ISP after acquiring Lightspeed Communications from Jordan Telecommunications which counts Orange as a major investor.

Batelco appoints Group CEO

Bahraini operator group Batelco has appointed Alan Whelan as group CEO. Whelan’s appointment comes almost a year after the firm announced former CEO Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa left the group. At the time it installed a supervisory committee alongside COO Peter Kaliaropoulos to lead the business until a successor was appointed.