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

How should the regional telecom industry navigate the Covid-19 reality

Telecommunication companies are an essential part of the overall pandemic solution, and all should reaffirm their unique position to help people during this crisis

Etisalat

Etisalat Group reports Dhs4.6bn consolidated net profit for H1 2020, up 3% y-on-y

However, consolidated revenues of the UAE’s biggest telecom operator decreased 1 per cent to Dhs25.6bn

Tata Communications granted local ISP, telecom licence in Saudi

Licence allows change of status from a foreign carrier to local licenced service provider

Oppo updates VOOC range of chargers; can charge 4,000mAh battery in 20 minutes

Increased consumption of power-hungry applications presents new energy challenges to phone users

Omantel taps Ericsson to expand 5G across the sultanate

Telco to connect the Salalah, Nizwa and Surto areas to high-speed 5G network

Virgin Mobile UAE launches reward programme for customers

Accumulated points are converted monthly upon plan renewal and added to the Virgin Mobile in-app wallet

TRA to shutdown 2G network across UAE by 2022

UAE service providers will provide support to groups that may be affected by the shutdown

Will access to Zoom, other VoIP services continue in the UAE? TRA responds

In March, the TRA had said several apps would be available for free due to the Covid-19 situation

Revealed: Top 10 companies in the Middle East in 2020

In this year’s Forbes list of the Middle East’s Top 100 Companies 2020, Saudi Arabia led the pack with 33 entries

​Abu Dhabi Investment Authority acquires stake in Peruvian power company

Abu Dhabi to invest $752m in Reliance Industries’ digital arm

The deal comes days after the emirate’s Mubadala Investment spent $1.2bn on a 1.85 per cent stake in Jio

Video Conferencing Software Zoom

Zoom to add end-to-end encryption feature, unavailable to free users

The company says that it has done so to offer security officials the option to intercept calls if the service is being used for illegal purposes

Microsoft had a big presence at GITEX Technology Week last year

Gitex, Gitex Future Stars events rescheduled to December 2020

Gitex was originally slated for between September 27 to October 1 this year

DEWA and Huawei discuss collaboration on future projects for Dubai

The partnership includes a number of planned future projects around big data management and cybersecurity

UAE telecoms operator Etisalat CEO resigns

Saleh Al Abdooli has resigned for personal reasons