Cloud

Huawei to invest $15m in Middle East cloud programme

Programme to assist 3,000 experts, support over 1,500 consulting and technical partners, and empower more than 100 SMEs to develop their cloud capabilities

Saudi internet-services firm sets IPO price at top end of range

Riyadh has been the hottest market for IPOs in the Middle East over the past two years

Xiaomi

Xiaomi lights Dubai Frame; introduces three new smartphones

Xiaomi 11T Pro is its first smartphone to be released internationally with its 120W hypercharge technology which allows for a full charge in just 17 minutes

iPhone 13

Apple unveils iPhone 13 series; UAE prices revealed

Pre-orders begin on September 17 at 4pm, with units available a week later on September 24

etisalat

UAE telco Etisalat’s mobile subscribers do not require data plans to access Al Hosn app

The Al Hosn app is now whitelisted, so any data consumed by both prepaid and postpaid customers while using it will not come off a mobile subscribers’ allowance

Oppo Reno6

OPPO set to unveil Reno6 series in the UAE

The Reno6 series will be available to pre-order from September 7, 2021

SMARTPHONE

Global smartphone sales grew 10.8% in second quarter of 2021: Gartner

Xiaomi moved into the second spot; Apple dropped to third

5g

UAE telecoms operator du urges mobile users to upgrade devices as 2G shutdown approaches

The 2G network (GSM) in the UAE will be gradually shut down in phases and discontinued by the end of 2022

Etisalat appoints new CEO for UAE operations

Masood M Sharif Mahmood has been appointed to the newly created role

Etisalat to support 2G switch off by 2022

The 2G network switchoff is aimed at keeping pace with the rapid and continuous developments of the telecommunications sector

Oppo

OPPO unveils under-screen camera technology

The company has been working on USC technology since 2018

POCO X3 GT

Poco X3 GT launched in the UAE

The smartphone is available in all stores starting July 29

Cloud-based EMR

Etisalat Digital unveils cloud-based electronic medical record platform in UAE

The business unit head of Etisalat supports UAE’s strategic initiative in unifying patient records.

UAE telecom operator du reports 11.4% increase in net profit for Q2 2021

The board of directors approved an interim dividend of Dhs0.10 per share

Etisalat

UAE telco Etisalat announces 6G plans

According to experts, 6G will bring about much faster data speed as well as lower latency and higher reliability than 5G

Top Bahrain telecom firm is said to weigh Saudi dual listing

Batelco has hired the investment arm of Samba Financial Group as an adviser on the deal

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa to eliminate single-use plastics in SIMs and recharge cards

It is aiming for its operations to become carbon neutral by the end of 2021

Ooredoo Oman appoints its first female CEO

Noor Al Sulaiti, who will replace Ian Dench, previously led Ooredoo unit Starlink

Etisalat to support Abu Dhabi’s small and medium businesses’ in digital quest

The UAE’s SMB sector represents more than 94 percent of the total number of companies operating across the country

Dubai’s Emirates inks agreement with Huawei to strengthen relationship

The companies aim to build on their earlier agreement inked last year

Etisalat Group

UAE’s Etisalat Group issues EUR1bn bonds

The bond issuance which saw demand from local and international investors was six times oversubscribed

Cover story: Why this man is seeking to create the ‘world’s largest digital bank’

Digitisation has transformed the way industries operate, with businesses now required to innovate constantly. For Mountaser Hachem, CEO and founder of Monty Holding, the leap has been about seeking opportunities in fintech

Etisalat group

Etisalat Group reports Dhs2.3bn consolidated net profit for Q1 2021; up 7.9% y-on-y

Consolidated revenues amounted to Dhs13.2bn and consolidated EBITDA totalled Dhs6.8bn

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa to launch operations in Kuwait

The company will launch its fully digital app-based proposition in Kuwait under the Virgin Mobile brand

Revealed: Top 5 most powerful Arabs in Kuwait

The highest ranked Arabs originating from Kuwait in Gulf Business’ annual Arab power list

Calling the right numbers: Monty Mobile

Making a mark in the regional telecom industry has been challenging and yet rewarding, states Mountasser Hachem, founder and CEO of Monty Mobile

Ooredoo eyes 30% of Indonesian market after Hutch deal completes

Ooredoo is also considering expanding its digital payments and sales segments

UAE telecom subscribers totalled 21.9 million by end of 2020

Pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 13.178 million by end of December

Akshay Chopra, Vice-President, Head of Product Innovation and Design for CEMEA and Africa copy

How mobile network operators can drive the next wave of financial inclusion in MENA

Mobile network operators have direct access to a large customer base that includes the harder-to-reach segments of the underbanked and unbanked

Etisalat du credit score

Etisalat, du to rely more heavily on UAE credit rating score for new postpaid customers

With the addition of Etisalat and du’s data, AECB’s customer information database stands at 9 million individuals and 600,000 companies