Israel, Palestinians sign 3G mobile network agreement

Earlier this year, Israel's Communications Ministry allocated a number of high-speed 4G frequencies

Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to allow a long-awaited third-generation (3G) mobile network in Gaza and the West Bank, they said on Thursday.

Israel said the decision was made after it concluded a security examination as well as other work with the Communications Ministry.

Under interim peace accords, Israel effectively has final say in allocating radio frequencies in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule.

Israel wonders if too much competition a bad thing in mobile market

Contrasts with the tougher line on telecoms mergers being taken by European regulators

Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's mobile phone market looks set to consolidate as concerns grow that cut-throat competition is undermining firms' ability to invest in infrastructure, leaving Israel trailing other nations despite its reputation as a high-tech leader.

Five years ago, an Israeli family might pay $300 a month for mobile phone services. Today, a family of six can get all its calls, messages and 10 gigabytes of data for as little as $30 a month.

Kuwait telco Zain eyes technology investments: CEO

Shows interest in 'smart city' initiatives, online advertising and TV services

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait's Zain will investment more in technology firms in parallel industries and is considering buying into two digital advertising companies, the telecom operator's chief executive said on Monday.

Zain, like many Gulf telecoms operators, has suffered as subscriber growth stagnated and replacement services such as instant messaging and Internet-based calls replaced higher-margin text messages and conventional phone calls.

Israel proposes 3G mobile network deal to Palestinians

In the past, Israel has told the Palestinians there were not enough frequencies for 3G

Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel presented a proposal to the Palestinian Authority that could enable the opening of a long-awaited Palestinian 3G mobile network in the occupied West Bank.

Meetings held on Thursday had led to an agreement in principle and hinged on the Palestinians meeting Israeli conditions, said a spokesman for the Communications Ministry. He declined to comment on specific terms.

Networks must improve for Iraq to be Internet transit hub: executive

Refusal to allow private companies to own fixed networks has slowed broadband build-out

Reuters

(Reuters) - A more reliable terrestrial broadband network could enable Iraq to become a transcontinental transit route for Internet traffic, a senior executive at one of two firms providing submarine connectivity to the war-torn country told Reuters.

Iraq is ideally located to carry Internet traffic between Asia and Europe and built a submarine cable landing station at Al Faw on Iraq’s Gulf coast to do so.

Zain Saudi says rejects Mobily's $586 million claim

Dispute has arisen between the two companies over the application of a 2008 contract

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest telecom operator Mobily said on Tuesday it was seeking arbitration to obtain 2.2 billion riyals ($586.28 million) owed it by Zain Saudi, a claim its smaller rival subsequently said was unfounded.

A dispute has arisen between the two companies over the application of a 2008 contract under which Mobily would provide services including domestic roaming and site sharing to Zain Saudi, which began commercial operations that year.

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