Saturday, 9 July 2011

TT readies staff for 3G (Tunisia)

Last week Tunisie Telecom (TT) held a national workshop in Sousse. Ghodhbane Ali, CEO said that TT is determined to bounce back stronger and start a new stage. The meeting reviewed the final arrangements for the commercial launch of 3G, and the supporting promotional campaign.

Friday, 8 July 2011

AREGNET baton handed to Lebanon (Lebanon)

The presidency of Arab Regulators Network of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (AREGNET) is to pass to the TRA of Lebanon. The TRA organised the plenary meeting on 6 July, followed by a workshop on 7 July 2011 at Le Bristol Hotel, Beirut. Sudan previously held the presidency.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Yellow Page revival (UAE)

Etisalat is working with Express Print Services (EPS) to launch a Yellow Pages smart phone application. UAE-based EPS has won the rights back until 2014 and will handle the Etisalat Yellow Pages in print, online and mobile forms.

The three apps will be listed on I-Store for free download. Google Maps will be used to locate places, and will integrate features such as interactive guides, product finder, location finder, etc.

Infiniti says the market for location-based services is expected to grow to USD 12.9 billion in 2014.

New entrants to take share (Cameroon)

A new study from Pyramid expects the new entrants in Cameroon to capture a mobile share of 12.78 percent by 2015, impacting MTN and Orange and reducing their shares to 50.7 percent and 36.5 percent respectively.

In June 2011 the government announced that they will be offering two mobile licenses at auction by the end of the year. "The details of the process are yet to be declared and may depend on the 2011 Cameroonian presidential election taking place without significant disruptions to government operations, " says Ronda Zelezny-Green, Associate Research Analyst at Pyramid. Both MTN and Orange will be affected by these new entries and are looking to expand into rural areas to maintain their market share.

Monday, 4 July 2011

3G application goes to court (Mauritius)

Outremer Telecom may scrap its plan to invest some USD 56 million, the l’Express newspaper has reported. Michel Rigot, Outremer’s local GM, said the operator had had its 3G-licence application turned down, and had referred the matter to the courts. It is now awaiting a decision.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Timely repayment (UAE)

du said on Sunday it had fully repaid its 3-year AED 3 billion (USD 817 million) dual currency syndicated loan facility. The syndicate of 16 banks were repaid using a combination of existing financing facilities and cash. This was du’s debut debt offering in 2008.

New CEO named (Jordan)

Zain Group has appointment Ahmad Al Hanandeh as CEO of Zain Jordan, with effect from 1 July following the departure of Dr Abdul Malek Al Jaber who ended his two-year contract. Dr Al Jaber also relinquishes his role as Zain Group Chief Operations Officer.