UAE operators Etisalat, du raise foreign ownership to 49%

Etisalat first opened up to foreign ownership in 2015

Power Letters 2021: Erik Dudman Nielsen, group CEO, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

At Virgin Mobile, digital has always been the core of its business proposition

UAE telecom du to consider raising foreign ownership

The company will hold a board meeting on January 20

UAE telecoms du and Etisalat partner with Emaar Properties to provide services to local communities

Customers will be able to choose a retail telecom operator of their choice

Zain, Ericsson launch joint intrapreneurship programme across Middle East

Ericsson to support Zain in identifying technology trends and industry insights

More than 1 billion people will have access to 5G coverage by end of 2020: report

Ericsson estimates 220 million global 5G subscriptions by end of 2020

Saudi Telecom’s CEO quits after two years

A search for a successor is underway

UAE startup Quiqup closes over $5.5m in funding to pursue expansion

Quiqup is currently working with more than 800 brands in the UAE

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Record growth in users of official UAE government portal from January-October: TRA

It recorded a 50.73 per cent year-on-year increase over the 6.54 million users recorded in the same period in 2019

Western Union buys $200m stake in Saudi Telecom unit

Western Union Co. acquired a 15 per cent stake in stc pay

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Saudi to provide 60,000 additional free wifi points, including at the two Holy Mosques

The initiative will see free wifi provided at hospitals, malls and public parks across the country

Ericsson to help set up 5G, IoT innovation centre in Oman

Oman aims to diversify the country’s economy away from hydrocarbons

How smartphones are bridging the gap between the present and the future

Next generation 5G technology adds a vital cog in a mobile-centric future already underway

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UAE’s Etisalat recognised as world’s fastest mobile network

Previously, Etisalat won the Speedtest Awards for fastest mobile network worldwide in Q1-Q2 and Q2-Q3 2020

UAE telco Etisalat reports 6% rise in net profit for Q3 2020

Etisalat’s consolidated revenue for Q3 2020 amounted to Dhs13bn

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UAE telecom subscribers pegged at 21.808 million at the end of August

Pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 13.107 million, while post-paid mobile phone subscriptions stood at 3.578 million at the end of August

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UAE’s Etisalat to offer iPhone 12 pre-orders from Oct 16

The latest generation of iPhones were launched by Apple earlier this week

Ericsson R&D hub in Egypt ships first locally-developed AI software

Cognitive software reduces complexity in network operations

Omantel is said to explore a $500m sale of tower network

It reported a 28 per cent drop in first-half profit, hurt by a sharp slowdown in economic activity

UAE telecom operator du appoints new acting CEO, managing director

Du has appointed Fahad Al Hassawi as its acting CEO

Saudi Telecom said to weigh IPO for internet-services unit

Saudi Telecom is considering selling as much as 30 per cent of the unit

Vivo launches global mobile photography competition

Winners to be entered in international photography competitions

Saudi Telecom seeks to cut $2.39bn offer for Vodafone Egypt

STC had said that the offer gives the Egyptian business an enterprise value of $4.35bn

New gaming phone RedMagic 5S set for GCC debut

Dedicated gaming smartphone to be available across the region from September.

Samsung launches new Galaxy Note20 devices, UAE prices revealed

Prices start at Dhs3,549 for the non-5G Galaxy Note20

Microsoft to launch cloud mobile gaming service in September, to cost $15

Microsoft xCloud available in select markets from 15 September on Android

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Huawei becomes world’s top smartphone vendor in FY Q2 2020

The majority of Huawei’s phone sales from April-June was in China

Microsoft, TikTok deal on hold as Donald Trump mulls US ban

US alleges ByteDance could turn over Americans’ user data to the government in China

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Phi Trends: The business implications of 5G

Investors must keep a lookout for stocks with game-changing potential, which inevitably will tap into 5G and enable future growth prospects, opines entrepreneur and investor Shailesh Dash

Huawei launches mid-range Nova series 5G phone in the UAE, price revealed

The smartphone comes with AppGallery, Huawei’s official app marketplace