Dec 08 2009
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By 2012 mobile subscriptions in Middle East to rise by 34%
At the same time, mobile data revenue is set to rise by 118 per cent over the period 2007 to 2012, with revenue climbing from $3.1 billion (Dh11.3bn) to $6.7bn, accounting for 16 per cent of total revenue forecast by telecom operators.
This was announced by telecom research firm Informa Telecoms & Media, the organisers for the 14th annual GSM>3G Middle East Telco World Summit, which concludes today.
"Top-level delegates are attending the summit. And we are delighted with the industry response both in terms of numbers and seniority of attendance," said Caroline Broderick, Middle East Conference Programme Director, Informa Telecoms and Media. Etisalat and 85 other telecom and mobile operators are participating. And more than 2,500 decision makers from 80 countries are also in attendance. About 27 CIO?from organisations that include etisalat , Zain Group , Qtel , Vtel Holdings , Batelco , Alfa Telecom Lebanon , du , Nawras Oman , MTN Yemen , Mobily , Saudi Arabia and Viva Kuwait are attending the summit.
Alongside the summit, will be held The Saudi Arabia Focus Day dedicated to the Middle East's fastest-growing market. Among other aspects, the summit will analyse the changing role of HR managers during the current economic downturn.
Etisalat 's broadband package
Etisalat yesterday announced new broadband packages for the educational sector and non-profit organisations (government organisations and hospitals) to provide them with affordable access to broadband.
Etisalat will provide a range of broadband packages with speeds of up to four Mbps with substantial discounts. For the educational sector, it will offer BusinessOne package (limited and unlimited) with several value-added services, along with free installation and a free modem. Also monthly rentals will be at a 50 per cent discount. While non-profit organisations, will get a 30 per cent discount on monthly rentals.
Motorola - du to offer wimax
Telecom equipment manufacturer Motorola has partnered with UAE telecom provider du to launch mobile WiMAX network in Dubai Metro. With the implementation of Motorola 's WiMAX network, du offers its customers wireless internet access while travelling on the Metro at speeds of up to 90km/hr using PDAs or laptops via Wi-Fi services. "Offering city-wide internet access on the Dubai Metro is part of efforts to ensure customers enjoy the convenience of connectivity, on-demand, wherever they travel," said Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice-President, Network Development, du . The WiMAX deployment is the first mobile WiMAX network in the UAE.
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