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Malaysia’s Axiata cancels $940 million deal to acquire a Pakistani telecoms tower company

The deal was scrapped after some sale conditions were not met

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September 18, 2018


BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and…

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March 7, 2018


Telecom sector grows at rapid pace

ISLAMABAD: The telecommunication sector in the country has grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation over the last four years. Introduction of Mobile Broadband Services (3G / 4G/LTE) in Pakistan is one of the biggest achievements of information Technology and Telecommunication Ministry. In 2014 award of four 3G Licenses awarded to Jazz…

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February 13, 2018


PTA directed to test 5G tech before its commercial availability

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has been directed to initiate the 5G tests in the market before the technology is commercially available after 2020. A spokesperson of the Ministry told APP on Monday that the federal cabinet has approved the launch of 5G technology in the country. It has has directed PTA to conduct initial…

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October 23, 2017


Looking for job in UAE? This will get you hired

Thousands of new jobs will be created and available for jobseekers in Dubai this year, reckon Dubai-based recruitment consultants. Specifically, firms in IT, telecom, aviation, healthcare and education will continue to hire in coming months as the UAE’s efforts to diversify the economy bear fruit. “We can expect more recruitment activity in 2017,” says Sanjay…

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January 11, 2017


Broadband to be expanded to over 56,000 new subscribers: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar Friday said the ongoing broadband projects in the Southern Telecom Region were expected to provide coverage to over 56,000 new subscribers in the unserved areas during the fiscal year  2016-17. Presenting budget proposals in the National Assembly, he said 125 educational Broadband Centers (EBCs) and 55 Community Broadband…

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June 3, 2016


Nokia to shed more than 1,000 jobs in Finland

HELSINKI: Mobile phone giant Nokia is to cut more than 1,000 jobs in Finland, the company announced Friday, as part of cost-cutting measures following its merger with Alcatel-Lucent. Once the world’s top mobile phone maker, Finland’s Nokia has been crushed by Samsung and Apple in the smartphone and tablet market in recent years, but earlier…

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May 21, 2016


Google unveils landline phone, which lives in cloud

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Tuesday unveiled a new landline telephone service aimed at helping consumers stay connected in the Internet cloud. The new Fiber Phone service will be made available to a few US markets and later expanded to other cities where Google offers high-speed Internet. The new service adds a few high-tech features to…

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March 31, 2016


India hits one billion mobile phone subscribers

NEW DELHI: India notched up its billionth mobile phone subscriber in October, the country’s telecoms regulator said, underscoring the importance of its fast-growing mobile market, the world’s second-largest after China. Mobile phone subscriptions have boomed in India in recent years as aggressive cost-cutting by telecoms providers has driven down prices, leading to some of the…

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December 31, 2015


Microsoft unveils Windows 10 smartphones, new laptop

NEW YORK: Microsoft unveiled its first Windows 10 smartphones as it launched a series of new gadgets in a bid to win a bigger share of the competitive mobile market. The technology giant’s two premium Lumia smartphones take aim at popular devices offered by Apple and Samsung and add a few original features, such as…

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October 7, 2015


Big rush for UAE telecom giant Etisalat shares

ABU DHABI: Local investors have gone on a buying spree to stock up on shares in UAE telecom giant Etisalat after the government decided to open it up to foreigners, an analyst said Wednesday. The government owns 60 percent of Etisalat, the Arab world's second-largest telecom firm, and wants to keep that stake, while the…

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June 24, 2015


Telecom services contribution to reach 1.4 % of GDP by 2025

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) has envisioned to take contribution of telecom services up to 1.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025. Besides, the active export of telecom sector will be enhanced from US $ 1.4 billion to $ 4.0 billion by 2020. Official sources said it has been recognized…

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June 21, 2015


NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: report

WASHINGTON: The U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The newspaper said its report on the operation, code-named “Shotgiant,” was based on NSA documents provided by…

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March 23, 2014


Etisalat's Pakistan unit PTCL bids for Warid Telecom

DUBAI: Pakistan Telecommunication Co (PTCL), a unit of UAE's Etisalat, has submitted a takeover bid for rival mobile operator Warid Telecom, according to a filing with the Karachi stock exchange.PTCL made the offer to acquire 100 percent of Warid on Sept. 30 and it is valid for 30 days, the statement said, without giving the…

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October 1, 2013


Vodafone sues Telecom Italia for 1 billion euros

MIRAN: British telecoms provider Vodafone Group is suing Telecom Italia for abusing its dominant position in Italy, seeking damages of more than 1 billion euros.A Vodafone spokeswoman said in an email on Sunday the civil action in Milan stated that Telecom Italia committed a series of abuses from 2008 to 2013 “with the intention and…

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August 4, 2013


India's Ambani brothers in $2.1 bln telecom tower sharing pact

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India's once-feuding billionaire Ambani brothers signed a long-expected pact for their rival telecoms firms to share mobile masts in a contract valued at more than $2 billion over several years, in the biggest deal between them since a reconciliation.Reliance Industries Ltd, controlled by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, will lease up to 45,000…

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June 7, 2013


CBI charge Bharti Airtel, Vodafone in telecom case

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed charges against Bharti Airtel Ltd(BRTI.NS) and Vodafone Group Plc's(VOD.L) India unit on Friday as part of a probe into alleged corruption in the allocation of mobile phone airwaves a decade ago, a lawyer said.The charges include criminal conspiracy, A.K. Singh, a lawyer for the CBI, told…

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December 21, 2012


Telenor signs up new JV partner for telecom auction

OSLO: Norway's Telenor will bring Lakshdeep Investments & Finance Pvt. Ltd into its new Indian Telewings venture to bid jointly for new mobile telephone licenses, Telenor said on Friday.Lakshdeep replaces Unitech (UNTE.NS) as Telenor's Indian partner after authorities cancelled their Uninor venture's licenses granted in a corruption-tainted 2008 licensing round.Lakshdeep, a company controlled by Sudhir…

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October 26, 2012


Indian SC relief for Chidambaram in 2G telecom case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking the investigation of Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram over his alleged role in the 2G telecom case. Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who had filed the petition seeking to make Chidambaram a co-accused in the case, said the judgment was not based on “fair arguments”…

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August 24, 2012


Indian telecom sector in turmoil after court ruling

NEW DELHI: When Norwegian telecom giant Telenor entered India's overcrowded and fiercely competitive mobile market in 2009, the Scandinavian firm insisted it would be one of the survivors.Now its investment and those of other foreign firms that jumped into the world's second-largest telecom market lie in tatters after the Supreme Court Thursday cancelled second-generation (2G)…

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February 4, 2012


Essar group owners charged in India's telecom scam

MUMBAI: India's top federal police force on Monday pressed criminal charges against two of the owners of Essar business group and three others in connection with a huge telecom scandal, officials said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) slapped charges of criminal conspiracy and fraud against the five as part of an increasingly sprawling police…

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December 13, 2011