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Virgin Mobile To Expand to the UAE


UAE : 23 November

Virgin Mobile considers the Arab region for service expansions.  Sir Richard Branson, the head of Virgin Mobile, has big plans for the UAE in particular as the next targeted area.

Branson spoke to local media and noted his enthusiasm for the launch of Qtel (Qatar Telecom) which happened this past May, along with further roll outs.

He stated that other areas are being looked at, particularly the UAE.  Branson said the response has been good, allowing the brand to reach more people and that has caused the company to look for further expansion opportunities in the region.

Virgin Mobile has eight branded operations across the globe, with Virgin Mobile Qatar being the latest one.  There have also been launches in the United Kingdom, the U.S., France, India, South Africa and Canada.  Qtel wholly owns Virgin Mobile Qatar.

Branson explained that this practice is how his firm operates, within a straightforward, lower cost structure that all can understand.  He noted that the brand has found success in the Arab world, as radio, retailers and telecoms take off.  The firm is looking into the many options that are available here.

Aabar Investments, a firm backed by the Abu Dhabi government, currently owns 32 percent of Virgin Galactic.

Branson noted that speculations of a space port being built by the firm in the UAE are certainly under consideration but still far into the future.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
20 November

An Expanded Broadband Network Planned by Mobily

Mobily hands out contracts for expanded Saudi networks to Huawei, NSN and Ericsson.
The telecom firm Mobily, based in Saudi Arabia, has given out contracts to Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Huawei.  The expansion agreements are worth $213 million and stretch across the Kingdom.
CEO of Mobily Khalid Al Kaf stated that these expansion plans are targeting [...]

17 November

Facebook Introduces Email In War With Google, MS and Yahoo

All users of the popular social networking site will be given an email address using @facebook.com.
Facebook Inc. has added an email service to the offerings for all users of the mega popular social media website.  This move can be seen as a direct attack on Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft, the big players in the email [...]

17 November

IT Spending Set to Rise in the Financial Markets Sector

The financial sector will see increased IT spending over the course of 2011 with firms looking to boost performance and bring their companies up to regulatory compliance, according to Ovum, a technology analyst.
Forecasts by the independent analysis firm stated that IT spending is expected to increase 4.5 per cent in this sector for 2011.  This [...]

15 November

Facebook Blocked in Saudi Arabia Due to Moral Values

Facebook is under a blockage in Saudi Arabia due to the fact that the popular online social networking platform goes against the conservative morals of the Kingdom, according to an official with the communications authority.
An official stated that the Communications and Information Technologies Commission in Saudi put blocks on the site over the weekend, causing [...]

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