Wana launches 3rd mobile operator in Morocco

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A new GSM mobile service, Inwi has been launched by Moroccan operator Wana. The third mobile operator in Morocco will cover three-quarters of the population. The GSM license was awarded to Wana in early 2009. Prepaid offering with per-second billing as well as four postpaid plans with free on-net calls are included in the service along with a range …

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Etisalat eyes expansion across six markets

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Six countries across the Middle East and North Africa are currently in the eyes of UAE-based telecoms operator Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (Etisalat). Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Oman, Syria and Morocco have been targeted by the company as markets with low penetration levels in which the UAE firm could acquire either a license or a telecoms operator. According to the telco’s …

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Indian telco Bharti & Zain to sign Letter of intent

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A letter of intent (LoI) will be signed between Bharti Airtel and Zain for the proposed USD 10.7-billion deal for the African assets of the Kuwait-based firm by the end of this week. An exclusive talk is carried out between the two companies till March 25 for the proposed deal as per which Bharti would buy Zain’s African assets …

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Zain not to sell stake in Morocco’s telecoms venture

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The 31% stake in Zain’s Morocco’s telecoms venture Wana, will be kept by the company which it bought for $324 million last March. The purchase was made less than a month after Wana won the concession to operate the North African country’s third wireless phone network. Wana will launch its mobile phone operation next Tuesday under the trade name …

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Kuwait’s Zain expects huge returns from mobile deal with Airtel

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Five billion dollars is expected to be made by Kuwait’s Zain telecom from selling its operations in Africa to India’s Bhrati Airtel for 10.7 billion dollars. As per the agreement, Bharti is to pay 10 billion dollars when the deal is completed and the remaining 700 million dollars after one year of signing the agreement. Company’s shareholders’ equity will …

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Zain receives offer to sell African networks

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: An unnamed group has offered K¬uwait based Zain to acquire its operations in Africa excluding Morocco and Sudan. Though the name has not been divulged by the company, the local media group suggests that the company might be India’s Bharti Airtel. It has been reported that Bharti Airtel has offered around US$10.7 billion for the former Celtel networks while …

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Alacatel-Lucent to provide BSS solution to Morocco’s Maroc Telecom

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Maroc Telecom, a global fixed, mobile and internet telecommunication operator in the Kingdom of Morocco, has chosen Alcatel-Lucent as its billing and customer care system integrator. As per the deal, Alcatel-Lucent will evolve Maroc’s mobile billing platforms towards a new fully converged and integrated version. Alacatel-Lucent’s solution that combines customer care, rating and billing and network integration services will …

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Morocco home to 23.5Mn subscribers in H1’09

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Morocco is home to 23.5 million mobile phone subscribers in the first half of 2009, in comparison to 21.4 million a year ago, as per the figures given by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT). Maroc Telecom leads the market with a subscriber base of 14.3 million and a market share of 60.71%. Followed to this is Meditel with …

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Portugal Telecom, Telefonica to sell 32.2% Meditel stakes (Portugese, Morocco)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Portugal Telecom has agreed to sell its 32.2% stake in Morocco’s No.2 telecoms firm Meditel for $574.4 million to a group of companies from the north African country. Portugal Telecom said Spain’s Telefonica (TEF.MC) also sold its 32.2% stake, in a joint agreement which the Spanish operator later confirmed. The deal is anticipated to close by the end of …

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Landmark US$ 2.5 Bn Murabaha financing facility for Zain Saudi Arabia

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news:  Zain Saudi Arabia (“Zain KSA”) held the closing for a US$ 2.5 billion Murabaha financing facility. The funds will be used to repay its existing Murabaha, facilitating the mobile telecom operation’s ongoing network expansion and future growth. The term of the facility is two years with options of extending for a further twelve months. Al Rajhi Capital, Banque Saudi …

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Wana Morocco appoints Huawei as sole supplier of GSM/UMTS network

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions worldwide, announced that it has been appointed as the sole supplier of Morocco WANA’s GSM/UMTS network. The deal will allow WANA’s 2 Million subscribers to enjoy abundant 3G services such as video call, video conference, streaming media and mobile internet. Under a contract signed by Huawei and WANA, Huawei will …

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Zain posts revenues of $4.014Bn in H1’09 (Kuwait)

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www.WirelessFederation.com/news: – Year-on-year customer base increase of 37% to 69.5 million – Company revenues jump 24% to KWD 1.16 billion (US$4.014 billion) – Net income up 4.4% to KWD 154.5 million (US$533.5 million) translating into earnings per share of US$0.14 Zain, the leading mobile telecommunication operator in the Middle East and Africa with a commercial presence in 24 countries, is …

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