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    Mobile penetration climbs to 147%December 16, 2014

    Mobile penetration in Jordan reached 147 per cent at the end of the third quarter of this year, increasing by 1 per cent from the end of June, according to Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) figures.


    According to figures released this week, there were 11 million active mobile subscriptions at the end of September, compared with 10.691 million subscriptions at the end of June.


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    Vringo Liable for ZTE’s Malaysia Legal Fees After Withdrawal of ActionDecember 16, 2014

    ZTE Corporation noted the High Court of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur today ordered Vringo Infrastructure to bear the legal costs of ZTE Malaysia, after Vringo withdrew an application for an interlocutory injunction against certain ZTE network products with LTE technology in Malaysia.


    ZTE is committed to defending a pending lawsuit in Malaysia related to the MY-142706 patent initiated"...

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    Consortium led by BC Partners to Acquire PetSmart for $83.00 per Share in CashDecember 15, 2014

    PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners, Inc. at a price of $83.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 39% over PetSmart’s unaffected closing share price on July 2, 2014. The consortium includes Funds advised by BC Partners (“the BC Funds”), alongside several of its limited partners, including La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“La Caisse”) and"...

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    Thuraya Unveils the Industry’s Best-Value Satellite PhoneDecember 15, 2014

    Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, today launched the industry’s best-value satellite phone, Thuraya XT-LITE. The entry-level satellite phone provides users with instant satellite connectivity at an unbeatable value. The Thuraya XT-LITE is built to make phone calls and send SMS messages in satellite mode anywhere under Thuraya’s comprehensive satellite network.


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    New mobile app aims to help improve municipal services in IrbidDecember 7, 2014

    West Irbid Municipality on Saturday officially presented “Ballegh Baladytak,” (Inform Your Municipality) a new mobile app for Android phones. The app was developed as part of a campaign titled “Irbid Deeritna, Tekbar Bhemmitna” (Irbid is our hometown, it grows with our efforts), launched by a group of community-based organisations in Irbid, according to a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times by organisers.

    According to Isam Shloul, head of West Irbid"...

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    Thuraya Enhances Partnership Agreement with the ITU to Provide Mobile Satellite Communications for Emergency ResponseDecember 4, 2014

    Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator today announced it has increased its commitment to emergency communications response with the donation of Thuraya satellite phones to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Thuraya is providing the ITU with a supplementary stock of XT handsets to enable relief workers and first responders to connect and coordinate efforts during times of emergencies.

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    Thuraya Donates Satellite Equipment and Airtime to the Fishermen Association and Red Crescent on the Occasion of the 43rd UAE National DayDecember 1, 2014

    Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator today announced that it has donated mobile satellite equipment and airtime in support of the Fishermen Association and Red Crescent, Sharjah Branch in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Fishermen Association will receive a Thuraya XT satellite phone to aid in the safety and security of fishermen, while the Red Crescent will receive a Thuraya XT and IP Voyager terminal to support its activities across the region.


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    Batelco hires Citigroup to sell Jordan unitNovember 29, 2014

    Bahrain’s leading telecommunication operator Batelco has mandated Citigroup to sell its Jordanian mobile operator Umniah, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

    Umniah, Jordan's No 3 mobile operator by subscribers, competes with Zain Jordan, a unit of Kuwait's Zain, and France's Orange in the country of 7.9 million people bordering war-torn Iraq and Syria.

    The Bahraini former monopoly paid BD156.9 million ($416.2 million) for a 96 per cent stake in 2006, but offloading the business"...

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    Optimus and Huawei to Host Their Next Channel Partners Meet in BahrainNovember 26, 2014

    The Leading Value Added Distributors of Telecommunications and ICT solutions Optimus Technology and Telecom will be teaming up with Huawei on 25th and 26th November 2014 to host their touring channel partner’s meet at the Elite Grande Hotel in Bahrain.


    The meet aims at educating partners on recent developments of the brand and a focus on their line of Unified Communications,"...

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    Thuraya and Dubai Police Launch Thuraya SOS ServiceNovember 23, 2014

    Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator and the Dubai Police today announced the launch of the Thuraya SOS service. With immediate effect, Thuraya XT users in the region can send a pre-programmed SMS with their GPS coordinates to the Dubai Police in times of distress or emergency. The service is crucial for users who are lost or require emergency care when in remote areas such as the desert or at sea with limited or no connectivity.


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