June 18, 2018

The UAE's largest telecom operator etisalat's $2 billion (Dh7.34 billion) share buyback will take place over the next two years, international ratings agency S&P Global said.

The telecom major had announced its intention to buy up to 5 per cent of its paid-up capital, or 434.8 million shares, in March 2018.

Its shares gained 2.1 per cent on Thursday in line with the surge in Abu Dhabi index.

'We do not expect any significant impact from the $2 billion share repurchase announced"...

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June 17, 2018

Etisalat announced the launch of the Mena region’s first Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS +Cellular), with smart pay offers.

Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70 per cent faster dual-core processor. Etisalat is the first UAE operator in the Mena region to offer the eSIM function over Apple Watch cellular. For customers to enjoy the cellular capability on the new watch, they need to pay Dhs 25 per month to enable the eSIM on their Apple watches.

Khaled El Khouly, Chief Consumer Officer, Etisalat, said: “With Etisalat, customers can enjoy the freedom of cellular with the Apple Watch Series 3. A cellular watch could be an"...

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June 15, 2018

With two weeks until Mobile World Congress Shanghai opens, the GSMA provided a final update on the event, including additional speakers confirmed for the keynote programme and 4 Years From Now (4YFN) Summit, as well as further details on exhibition features and partner programmes. Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held 27-29 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“We are counting down the days to Mobile World Congress Shanghai – we have an amazing programme lined up across the exhibition, the conference and the many other events and programmes taking place during the week,” said Michael O’Hara,"...

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June 13, 2018

Etisalat today announced that its roaming packages (both data and voice) will now include AeroMobile in-flight coverage, which promises business users connectivity when they are airborne.

UAE being an important commercial and transportation center, is a hub to some of the biggest airlines which originate multiple long-haul flights during which business users need to stay connected. With this newly enhanced feature, Etisalat users subscribed to business roaming packs are now able to stay online and talk at affordable rates in-flight on the AeroMobile network at no extra cost. This means all packages shall remain the same; the only difference is the ability to use in-flight roaming at no extra charge to subscribers"...

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June 13, 2018

(AETOS Wire) -- Borken and Rueil Malmaison. With the kick-off at ANGA 2018, BrightBlue presents an IPTV platform designed to establish a new standard in the industry with the cooperation of Sagemcom. BrightBlue offers a technical high-end solution for IPTV as turnkey package with a 4K UHD Linux set-top box from Sagemcom.

Whether as an overall white label product or in customized modules - BrightBlue offers internet service providers, network operators and providers who want to offer their customers their own or improved TV product a turnkey broadband optimized IPTV solution. The portfolio is completed"...

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June 12, 2018

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading mobile satellite services operator, is showcasing its latest solutions and products at this year’s Eurosatory Defence exhibition in Paris, France.

Visitors can engage with senior officials from Thuraya, who will answer questions on Thuraya’s defence portfolio that includes the recently launched Thuraya Aero and Thuraya tracking and monitoring service and terminal.

Fahad Kahoor, director of Market Development, Government and NGO, Thuraya, said: “Eurosatory is a vital event for those working in the defence and security arena and specifically in the European market which is one of our priority markets. The portfolio we’re showcasing"...

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June 8, 2018

SES announced today that it has been granted, by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), authorization to serve the U.S. market using a significantly expanded O3b fleet in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

The FCC grant opens significant additional frequencies to SES for use in its non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and enables it to deploy O3b mPOWER satellites into inclined and equatorial orbits, delivering full global pole-to-pole coverage. A total of 26 new O3b satellites are authorized, in addition to the 16 satellites already operational and in orbit. The grant allows SES to add 4 satellites to its existing O3b constellation,"...

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June 6, 2018

(AETOS Wire)-- The European Commission, Parliament and Council have reached a political agreement on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC). In the GSMA’s view, this agreement is a political compromise that fails to confront long term challenges for the European telecommunication sector and could hinder deployment of 5G networks in Europe, weakening the region's competitiveness and harming European citizens.

In particular, these setbacks include:

  • Investment uncertainty: the GSMA is disappointed that the agreement does not deliver sufficiently on the ambition to provide"...

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June 4, 2018

Etisalat has reminded phone users to be vigilant of phone phishing following reports of UAE residents being hit by the ‘Wangiri scam’.

The scam occurs when people ring back a missed call from an anonymous international number, and are then routed to premium rate numbers. An automated message then plays, which cannot be disconnected unless the user switches off his phone.

The tactic, which has been used in many countries around the world, is known as Wangiri as the word translates to ‘one ring and cut’ in Japan, the country where the ruse was"...

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June 4, 2018

(AETOS Wire) -- The GSMA today announced that mobile operators Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Group have successfully completed the first international roaming trial in Europe using licensed NB-IoT technology. The service will ensure seamless coverage and service continuity for millions of connections using Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks. The trial was performed using global SIMs from Deutsche Telekom on Vodafone Spain’s network and global Vodafone SIMs on T-Mobile Austria’s network and commercial NB-IoT modules. The trials will also provide guidance to other operators in delivering a consistent level of implementation.


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