Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts

Friday, May 25, 2012

GSMA Comments on Saudi Spectrum

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should release internationally harmonised band plans of 140 MHz of spectrum at 2.6 GHz and at least 60 MHz of digital dividend spectrum at 800 MHz, according to the GSMA. A report from the GSMA finds that if the Saudi government were to release internationally harmonised spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, the Kingdom would stand to benefit from a total GDP gain of SAR358 billion(1) (US$95.5 billion) in net present value terms over the period 2013 to 2025. The study also predicts direct and indirect creation of jobs for 424,000 people by 2020. The report also found that any delay in the release of this harmonised spectrum beyond 2013 would have a significant impact on these benefits. For example, a five-year delay in the release of harmonised spectrum would reduce the total GDP gain over 2013 – 2025 to just SAR96 billion (US$26 billion) and reduce the number of jobs created to 75,000.

"The current spectrum allocation for LTE in KSA, in the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz bands, follows a completely non-harmonised arrangement, and as a result, will not deliver the benefits made possible by allocating harmonised spectrum in the 800 MHz and the 2.6 GHz bands," said Peter Lyons, Director of Spectrum Policy, Africa and Middle East, GSMA. "The continuation of the current arrangement will have a detrimental impact on coverage across rural areas, in-building penetration and high-capacity connectivity for KSA's largest cities." 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Level 3 Boosts its CDN Capacity

Level 3 Communications has boosted its globally available CDN capacity to more than 5.6 Tbps (terabits per second) from 2.15 Tbps in late 2010.

In addition to increasing its CDN capacity, Level 3 has expanded its CDN service offering to new markets in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Medellin (Colombia); Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); and Montreal and Toronto (Canada). Level 3 is also continuing its work to grow its deployments in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America.

"Level 3's growing CDN and network scalability helped us expand our business into new markets, specifically Latin America, the UK and Ireland," said Greg Peters, vice president of Product Development for Netflix. "Level 3's speed, consistency and ability to scale help us deliver a great Netflix experience for our members worldwide."

Level 3 noted that CDN services represented approximately two percent of its Core Network Services (CNS) revenue in 2011. The company expects its CDN platform will continue to represent approximately two percent of CNS revenue in 2012.

Level 3 is also introducing a service that enables companies to see an objective, third-party analysis of their websites’ video streaming performance in real time across all content delivery networks (CDNs). The new service, Client Side Statistics, is fully integrated within Level 3’s MediaPortal, with data analyzed by Conviva – a market leader in video optimization and viewer experience.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

France Telecom Bids to Acquire Remaining Shares in Egypt's MobiNil

France Telecom-Orange has submitted a bid to acquire most of the remaining shares in MobiNil for Telecommunications, the Egyptian mobile operator.

St├ęphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom-Orange said: “We believe this transaction provides a solid basis for our continued partnership with OTMT in ECMS. Furthermore, we believe that our EUR 1.5 billion investment demonstrates our continued, strong commitment and belief in ECMS's potential and in the Egyptian economy in general. To further enhance ECMS's integration in the Egyptian economy, France Telecom-Orange intends to ensure that, if the conditions allow it, up to 15% of ECMS’s shares are held by Egyptian shareholders, whether these are private or public companies, or individual shareholders.�?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Saudi Telecom CEO to Step Down

Saudi Telecom CEO Saud AL Daweesh announced his intention to retire. Over the past six years as CEO, AL Daweesh has helped transform STC into an international powerhouse with over 160 million subscribers and 19 operations in south East Asia, The Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tata Global Network Completes Eurasia Cable

A new Tata Global Network – Eurasia (TGN-EA) cable has been commercially activated.

The 9,280 km TGN-EA system, which links Europe and India, via Egypt and the Mediterranean, offer RTD latency of around 92 msec. Customer speeds are available from 2 Mbps to 10 Gbps. The round-the-world ring also offers city-to-city connections in contrast to more traditional networks which only link cable landing stations.

The completion of the final TGN-EA link follows significant investment from Tata Communications in its global network in recent years.

“This a landmark moment for Tata Communications as we officially launch the world’s first wholly-owned global submarine cable network as a complete and robust ring around the world,�? stated Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Communications.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Saudi Telecom Company Upgrades with NSN

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its nationwide GSM and 3G networks and expand its commercial TD-LTE network. Nokia Siemens Networks is now responsible for building one-third of STC’s nationwide 4G network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is modernizing STC’s GSM and 3G networks to its award winning Single RAN (radio access network) platform based on the compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company is deploying its 4G radio network infrastructure across 2,500 STC sites over the next two years. Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing its FlexiPacket Microwave transport platform, which is a common transport medium for STC’s GSM, 3G and 4G networks with on-air speed of up to 400 Mbps.
  • In January 2012, Alcatel-Lucent announced a contract to supply LTE solutions to STC.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Saudi Arabia's Mobily Picks Huawei's Service Delivery Platform

Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) will be the first network operator in the Middle East to commercially deploy Huawei's next generation Service Delivery Platform (SDP). Mobily is also currently deploying Huawei's LTE solution in cities and towns across KSA.

The SDP enables Mobily to more rapidly implement new multimedia services in collaboration with content publishers, service providers and all other players on the value chain. The platform also allows Mobily to do things like setting up their own app store, integrating with OTT content providers, and developing cloud-oriented services-all part of opening the door to more diverse revenue streams and a healthy business ecosystem.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NSN Scores TD-LTE Contract with Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel will deploy its TD-LTE network in the 2.3 GHz frequency band allocated by the Indian government for broadband wireless access (BWA) technologies.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver the TD-LTE network and end-user data devices that can provide data speeds of upto 100 Mbps. The company will use its newly introduced and industry’s first TD-LTE 6 pipes radio.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct operations support system will enable effective and consolidated monitoring, management and optimization of Bharti Airtel’s GSM and TD-LTE networks. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide network design, integration, commissioning and optimization services to the operator for rapid roll-out of the network and full set of care services including hardware, software and competence development services. It will use its Global Network Solutions Center at Noida, India that is already supporting TD-LTE networks globally, to remotely deliver services for improved efficiency and network performance.

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it is deploying its TD-LTE solution to commercial customers in Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

France Telecom Contemplates Acquisition of Egypt's MobiNil

France Telecom-Orange (“FT�?) and Orascom Telecom (OTMT) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding their interests in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services S.A.E. (“ECMS�?) and MobiNil for Telecommunications S.A.E. (“MobiNil�?). The companies contemplate:

The early sale by OTMT of most of its stake in MobiNil/ECMS to FT, at a price of EGP 202.5 per ECMS share. FT would then launch a tender offer for ECMS’ free float at such price, in accordance with applicable laws and subject to the approval of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (“EFSA�?).

OTMT would retain a 5% economic interest in ECMS.

FT and OTMT would amend certain provisions under the current MobiNil Shareholders Agreement in order to adjust the governance structure to the new shareholding interests and to put in place the usual mechanisms to protect minority shareholders’ interests.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Verizon Expands Network in Africa and the Middle East

Verizon announced the expansion of its Private IP service to the following locations: Gabon on Africa's western coast; Djibouti and Ethiopia on the Horn of Africa; Malawi and Zimbabwe in Eastern Africa; and Swaziland in the southern region. The expansion brings to 21 the number of African countries where Verizon's Private IP is now available. In addition, the network has been expanded to Bahrain and Qatar in the Middle East. Services were already available in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saudi Telecom Appoints Alcatel-Lucent for LTE

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for its national LTE network. STEC plans to launch LTE services in 11 key cities in Saudi Arabia in the first phase of its rollout. Alcatel-Lucent was selected to support STC’s LTE network deployment in the Northern Region of the Kingdom, following a successful trial of the technology.

Alcatel-Lucent, through the ngConnect Program, is also helping STC build an ecosystem of leading companies to provide content, applications and innovative services to meet needs of subscribers in Saudi Arabia.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has 20 LTE contracts.
  • On September 14, 2011, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced the launch of its LTE network. The network supports a top downlink rate of 100 Mbps.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vodafone Egypt Upgrades Subscriber Data with NSN

Vodafone Egypt, the country’s largest telecom operator, is upgrading its subscriber data management system built on the One-NDS platform provided by Nokia Siemens Networks, enabling the operator to speed up the process of launching new, targeted services. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks is upgrading its comprehensive subscriber data management solution, including the One-NDS platform, and providing its Home Location Register (HLR), and Mobile Number Portability (MNP). The One-NDS platform unifies fragmented data into a single repository and is more efficient than having multiple databases for different front-end applications such as HLR and MNP.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Gulf Bridge Cable System Readies for Service

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and TE SubCom, announced the completion of works of the GBI cable system segments within the Gulf, the Gulf to India, the Gulf to Egypt, across Egypt and across the Mediterranean to Italy. The new network is expected to enter service in the next few weeks.

"This achievement is a significant milestone for the Gulf region, which continues to experience unprecedented economic and social growth,�? said Rashed Al Noaimi, Chairman, GBI. “The GBI cable system will facilitate both well into the future."

The GBI cable system boasts a capacity of at least 5.18 terabits.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Saudi Telecom Sees 500% Traffic Increase During Hajj

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) leveraged Nokia Siemens Networks' HSPA+ technology to handle the upsurge in mobile traffic during the holy Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Nokia Siemens Networks, which is STC's preferred mobile equipment and services supplier, said there was an average increase of 500%, and a peak increase of 760%, in STC's 3G traffic during the pilgrimage last month. Network performance remained high despite this huge increase in traffic and capacity load.

Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole GSM and 3G radio supplier for STC's network in Mecca, Medina, and other pilgrim areas, and has been providing Hajj service support for over a decade.

Saudi Telecom Sees 500% Traffic Increase During Hajj

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) leveraged Nokia Siemens Networks' HSPA+ technology to handle the upsurge in mobile traffic during the holy Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Nokia Siemens Networks, which is STC's preferred mobile equipment and services supplier, said there was an average increase of 500%, and a peak increase of 760%, in STC's 3G traffic during the pilgrimage last month. Network performance remained high despite this huge increase in traffic and capacity load.

Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole GSM and 3G radio supplier for STC's network in Mecca, Medina, and other pilgrim areas, and has been providing Hajj service support for over a decade.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

VimpelCom Appoints Deputy CEO

VimpelCom appointed Jan Edvard Thygesen as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2012, replacing Khaled Bichara, who will be stepping down as planned following his successful efforts in the post acquisition integration of the operations of VimpelCom and Wind Telecom.

Thygesen joins VimpelCom from Telenor, where he currently is Executive Vice President and Head of Central and Eastern European operations.

  • VimpleCom currently offers wireless, fixed, and broadband services in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Italy and Canada. The company provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada", "Mobilink", "Leo", "Banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands.

  • Earlier this year, Russia's Vimpel-Communications completed its previously announced deal with Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris to acquire Weather Investments S.p.A, which owns 51.7% of Orascom Telecom (Egypt) and 100% of Wind Telecomunicazioni (Italy). The US$1.495 billion cash deal, which was first announced in October 2010, was financed from Vimpelcom's existing cash balances and new debt facilities.

    Vimpelcom said the acquisition will make it the world's sixth largest mobile telecommunications carrier by subscribers. Total mobile subscriber base reached 181 million as of December 31, 2010. The combined company had with pro forma net operating revenues of US$21.5 billion and pro forma EBITDA of US$9.5 billion for 2009. The combined company has operations in 20 countries with a combined population of 850 million.

    VimpleCom plans to sell off several newly-acquired business units from Weather, including Orascom Telecom's investments in Egypt and North Korea, as well as Wind Italy's Wind International Services S.p.A. subsidiary.

    Jo Lunder, Chairman of VimpelCom, commented: "This landmark transaction is a significant step forward for VimpelCom. It establishes the growth platform that the Supervisory Board has strongly supported, allowing us to become a truly global player with a strong presence across Europe, Asia and Africa. At the same time, the enlarged VimpelCom remains committed to delivering enhanced shareholder value in 2011 and beyond, which is critical to the success of a leading global company."

  • In November 1996, OJSC VimpelCom was the first Russian company to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

  • In February 2008, OJSC VimpelCom merged with Golden Telecom, a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in Russia and the CIS.

  • In October 2008, VimpelCom acquired a 49.9% stake in Euroset, the largest mobile retailer in Russia and the CIS.

  • In May 2009, VimpelCom launched commercial operations outside of the CIS in Cambodia and in July 2009 in Vietnam.

  • In April 2010, a new entity, VimpelCom Limited, completed a tender offer to exchange ownership of OJSC VimpelCom and Ukraine’s Kyivstar for shares in VimpelCom Limited, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “VIP�? previously held by OJSC VimpelCom.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ABI Research: 80 Million LTE Connections Worldwide by 2013

ABI Research is predicting80 million LTE connections globally by the end of 2013, including both FD-LTE and TD-LTE. The research firm noted that all three operators in Saudi Arabia recently lit up TD-LTE networks using 2.5 GHz licensed spectrum meant for WiMAX and plan to extend their coverage nationwide. While the Saudi operators have conducted FD-LTE trials for over a year with various vendors, the reason behind the TD-LTE network choice is primarily due to unavailable paired spectrum. They are waiting on the regulator to release new spectrum, since preferred frequency is currently used for military purposes.

“The issue of insufficient spectrum echoes across various markets and is especially evident in developing regions as regulators are a bit slow in reacting to market needs,�? notes Philip Solis, research director, mobile networks. Many operators are looking into the option of spectrum re-farming. While the preferred spectrums are usually 2.6 GHz or 700 MHz, players such as Poland's Aero2 and Singapore's MobileOne have successfully deployed FD-LTE on 1.8 GHz, which was slated for 3G usage. Aero2 has deployed TD-LTE on 2.5 GHz band.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Eighteen Operators Have Launched LTE in 2011 So Far, Including 3 TDD

The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) raised its forecast for commercial LTE network launches and is now predicting 100 network launches by end of 2012. Currently, 35 commercial LTE networks are in operation in 21 countries.

GSA now counts185 firm commercial LTE network deployments, 64% higher than a year ago, are in progress or planned in 66 countries, including 35 networks now commercially launched. Another 63 operators in 21 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.

LTE TDD is also market reality following the commercial launch of three networks last month in Saudi Arabia.

The LTE commercial network launches scorecard:
  • 2009: 2 networks launched – all FDD
  • 2010: 15 networks launched – all FDD
  • 2011: 18 networks launched (up to October 10, 2011) - 15 FDD, 3 TDD
GSA also noted that the move towards deploying LTE in re-farmed spectrum, particularly in the 1800 MHz band (i.e. LTE1800) is accelerating. Seven LTE1800 networks are now commercially launched, in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Singapore. In Australia all three mobile operators have confirmed they will deploy LTE1800 systems (Telstra recently commercially launched its LTE network in this band). In the European Union, where operators are investing today in LTE networks or trials in more than 90% of member countries, GSA expects many of those operators will deploy LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum as part of their network strategy. 13-Oct-11

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saudi Telecom Launches LTE Network

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced the launch of its LTE network. The network supports a top downlink rate of 100 Mbps. The company said it will cover 400 locations during the first phase of the launch. Further service details have not yet been posted.

http://STC is serving more than 24 million customers across the Kingdom.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Huawei Promotes LTE TDD Router as Alternative to Fixed Broadband

Saudi Arabian operator Mobily will be the first carrier to offer Huawei's LTE TDD wireless broadband router beginning in October. The unit is designed to serve as a home media and information gateway offering bandwidth rates comparable to fixed broadband. The Huawei B593 supports LTE TDD and FDD, features a download speed of up to 100M and provides access to up to 32 WiFi devices as well as desktop computers through an Ethernet cable.

Hu Guangping, head of Mobile Broadband LTE division, Huawei Device, said, "The Huawei B593 provides bandwidth comparable with that of fixed broadband. In addition to the obvious benefits this brings consumers, operators now have the ability to provide superfast Internet access without the need for fixed network infrastructure. This enables operators to expand their subscriber base in a more flexible and cost-effective way.

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