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MENA Media and Telecoms Intelligence Service

MENA Media and Telecoms Intelligence offers a selection of key metrics for understanding this fast growing region spanning the Gulf, the Levant and North Africa. It includes core data, forecasts and analyses for mobile, pay TV, and broadband in 13 countries.

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OSN targets new markets by enriching its Arabic content offering

OSN, the Dubai-based pay TV satellite operator, is expanding its Arabic-language programming as a strategic move to extend its customer base and to further position its brand as the number one destination for premium content in the MENA region.

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Will Telecom Egypt’s unified licence lead to further dispute?

Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has, after much delay, issued Telecom Egypt with a unified telecoms licence. The country's existing mobile operators have previously expressed concerns about the plans to open up their networks to Telecom Egypt, thus further dispute could be on the cards.

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Bahrain regulator removes Batelco broadband restrictions

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has eased the restrictions that have been previously imposed on Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco). The regulator has now acknowledged that there is significant competition for mass-market broadband services in the country.

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Virgin Mobile to launch Saudi MVNO by end-June

Virgin Mobile is planning to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Saudi Arabia by the end of June 2014, after gaining a licence from the Saudi regulator to launch using STC’s network.

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Lebanese ad industry aims to tap into pharmaceuticals

Lebanon’s economy and its advertising market continue to suffer from political deadlock over the electoral law and control of the internal security forces which led to the collapse of the cabinet in March 2013. The current situation has been weighing heavily on the economy, and most affected sectors are tourism and manufacturing. The tourism industry which generated revenue of €3 billion in 2012 - a contribution of 9.3 per cent to GDP - has been a major source of income for the advertising market. Loss of advertising business in the tourism industry has been driving the market to focus on other sectors to make up for the losses.

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Maroc Telecom results boosted by strong fixed-line and international performance

Maroc Telecom boosted its revenues by 4.3% year on year (y/y) in 2013. In Morocco its revenue fell as a result of increasing competition, however fixed-line revenues have increased domestically. The operator's international units continue to perform well. Etisalat will be looking to progress these markets even further once its acquisition of Maroc Telecom is complete.

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Island acquisitions boost Batelco's results

Batelco grew its 2013 revenues by 22% y/y, with the acquisition of Cable & Wireless' island assets having a significant impact. Revenues generated overseas now account for 54% of its total revenue.

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Zain's 2013 results hit by exchange rate fluctuations

Zain has seen its revenues in 2013 negatively affected by exchange rate fluctuations. The group however, has invested heavily in improving and expanding its networks and services, which will drive further significant growth in its mobile data revenues.

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STC grows its mobile broadband revenues by 80% in 2013

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) generated revenues of SAR45.6 billion (USD12.2 billion) during the year 2013, representing an increase of 2% year-on-year (y/y). STC's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation...

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Al Jazeera joining the chase for Digiturk?

Qatari-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is believed to join the list of possible buyers of the troubled Turkish satellite pay TV operator Digiturk. The information is coming from banking sources close to Al...

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