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Tech, prosperity and peace on West Bank

Sunday, 2 June 2013

At first glance, it is a tech utopian’s dream. For the last two years, several dozen Palestinian entrepreneurs have been getting training from Israeli high tech experts courtesy of the American firm Cisco Systems. The sessions feature no talk of politics. Instead, Israelis coach Palestinians on the latest trends in software development processes, best practices and branding. “From my own perspective, it was a very successful training,” said Saeed Zeidan, chief executive ...

Dubai Police and TRA seize 1,900 counterfeit mobile phones

Sunday, 26 May 2013

More than 1,900 fake mobile phones worth Dh1.7 million have been seized in Dubai, according to the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Two alleged dealers of illegal mobile phones were brought to justice following an operation held cooperation with Dubai Police, the regulator said. The TRA said authorities located an illegal dealer who allegedly used a flat in Dubai International City as a warehouse. The second phase of the operation involved the raid of a wholesale store where ...

Huawei says Middle East revenue rose above $2bn in 2012

Thursday, 23 May 2013

China’s Huawei Technologies Co’s Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to reach $2.08 billion in 2012. The roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said. The world’s second-largest telecom equipment maker also expects Middle East telecom operators to prioritize improving network efficiency, Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East, told Reuters in an email. “Operators’ shift toward software-defined ...

Most government services on your mobile by 2015, vows UAE

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Most UAE government services will be accessible via mobile phones by 2015, the country's prime minister said yesterday. “Today, we launched the 'm-Government' project with the goal of providing all services via smartphones,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted yesterday. The ‘m-Government’ initiative, an advance on previous e-Government initiatives, was launched yesterday during a meeting ...

Etisalat chief yet to hear from Vivendi on Maroc Telecom bid

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Etisalat has yet to hear back from Vivendi on its bid for the French firm's 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom, the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates No.1 telecom operator said on Wednesday. Etisalat and regional rival Ooredoo both made binding bids for the stake in late April. But Etisalat has yet to hear back from Vivendi, the UAE firm's CEO Ahmad Julfar told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai. Etisalat has not bid for the Morocco government's 30 percent stake in ...

Morocco to launch 4G mobile license tenders by end of 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Morocco plans to launch tenders for 4G mobile phone licenses by the end of the year, the Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT) said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state news agency MAP. Morocco wants to be one of the first African countries to get the fourth generation (4G) telecom services, the statement said. “We will launch the tenders to award 4G licenses by the end of the year, and the opening of the service is expected in 2014,” Azdine el-Mountassir Billah, ...

Middle East in spotlight amid escalating cyber attacks

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The Middle East has become a hotspot for cyber attacks, experts warn, amid an escalation of computer-led warfare across the globe. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of Crowdstrike, a security technology specialist firm, told last week's Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington that he is most concerned about cyber attacks linked to Iran, particularly if there is a spike in tensions in the Middle East. He said that there is a worry that hackers from unspecified countries could destroy or modify ...

Saudi's Mobily denies asking for help to spy on customers

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Saudi Arabia's No. 2 telecom operator Mobily denied claims by a software engineer that the company had asked him to build surveillance tools to intercept customers' messages on Twitter and other services. Matthew Rosenfield, who uses the pseudonym Moxie Marlinspike, published emails on his blog purporting to be from Mobily which included a request for help in intercepting traffic over applications such as Twitter, Whatsapp, Viber and Line. Marlinspike said the company wanted to be able to ...

BlackBerry to bring cheaper Q5 phone to Mideast in emerging markets push

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets on Tuesday, stepping up its efforts to regain market share lost to Apple’s iPhone and Android devices powered by Google’s software. The lower-cost gadget, called the Q5, is the company’s third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system. It will have a physical keyboard, something that sets RIM’s devices apart from Apple’s iPhone and most Android phones. RIM CEO ...

Samsung trial of 5G tech promises one-second movie downloads

Monday, 13 May 2013

Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second. The South Korean giant said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometers. The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds “up to several hundred times ...

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