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

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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

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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

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UAE operator Etisalat reports Dhs9bn net profit in 2020; up 3.8% y-on-y

Its consolidated revenues reached Dhs51.7bn, a 0.9 per cent decrease over the previous year

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala mulling IPO of Yahsat, says CEO-designate

Yahsat provides integrated satellite communications solutions to over 150 countries

Three quarters of GCC mobile phone users prefer prepaid plans

Study says 70% of those surveyed in UAE favour prepaid mobile plans

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