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Operators told to reinstate Indian services until cancellation date

Despite already having closed their services in India, announcing that they will cease doing business in the country and notifying their subscribers to move to a different network, operators S Tel and Etisalat have been told by India’s telecoms regulator that they must continue offering services until the license cancellation date. Loop Telecom has also announced that it will be exiting the market but must continue offering services until June 2, 2012.

Etisalat exits India

UAE operator Etisalat has confirmed that it will exit the Indian market, marking yet another foreign investor departure in the wake of the 2G spectrum licensing scandal.

Etisalat launches the UAE’s first commercial LTE network

Etisalat, the largest carrier in the UAE, has launched a commercial LTE network in the country. The service will offer customers mobile LTE-based broadband using E398-LTE USB modems, which it said were available immediately from Etisalat Business Centres and other outlets.

Etisalat and Du to compensate BlackBerry customers

UAE mobile operators Etisalat and Du have both announced that they will compensate BlackBerry users for the recent disruption to their services. Both operators have said they will compensate BlackBerry users on both pre-pay and post pay accounts.

Etisalat launches NFC payment service in UAE

UAE operator Etisalat has teamed up with MasterCard Worldwide to launch cashless mobile payments programme in the country. The system uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to authorise everyday transactions via a smartphone.

Middle East operators jump on LTE bandwagon

Following launches in Saudi from Mobily and STC, and in the UAE from Etisalat, Qatar’s QTel has launched its own LTE services and UAE’s Du has announced that it is working on an LTE service to launch before the end of the year.

Etisalat brings LTE to UAE

Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE.

The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Telkom SA sells troubled Nigerian CDMA unit to Visafone

South African incumbent fixed-line operator Telkom SA has sold off its CDMA operation at the embattled Nigerian Multi-Links network. The deal, worth $52m, will see the transfer of the network to operator Visafone; Multi-Links’ fibre and fixed-line elements are not included in the sale.

Zain Jordan launches 3G service

Zain Jordan has launched HSPA+ mobile broadband services, offering up to 21 Mbps to users across the country with the promise of 42 Mbps “in the near future.”

It’s all about the customer

The 15th annual Middle East Telco World Summit kicked off on a refreshing note. Instead of the usual talk about the adoption and benefits of the latest and greatest technology, the region’s leading operators showed their softer side, choosing to focus instead on the customer.

Why Etisalat’s move for Zain makes sense

UAE operator Etisalat’s offer for a 46 per cent stake in Zain is a move that makes a lot of sense in terms of advancing Etisalat’s own expansion plans, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

BlackBerry service to be shut down in UAE; India next

On Monday morning the Telecoms Regulatory Authority for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it had ordered local operators to suspend BlackBerry services from October 11, for breach of telecoms regulations.

Etisalat takes over Atlantique

UAE-based carrier Etisalat on Monday acquired the remaining 18 per cent of Atlantique Telecom that it does not already own.

First MVNO launches in Middle East

The Middle East’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Friendi Mobile, launched in Oman today, setting in motion what industry watchers expect to be a trend for the region.

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