As part of its mandate to monitor the markets in the State of Qatar, the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has conducted an assessment of the telecommunications sector for FY 2016. The assessment shows that the sector contributed 1.7% to Qatar's GDP (up from 1.3% in 2014) towards effective diversification of the economy. The telecommunications market also saw investments of around QAR 1.25 billion (12% of service providers' annual revenues) towards development of infrastructure and services, and in preparation for future technologies.

Read more: CRA 2016 market assessment reflects maturity in mobile market, 1.25b of investments & 1.7% GDP...

Etisalat announced that it has further reduced its roaming rates for voice calls, SMS and data. Etisalat's prepaid and post-paid customers will enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 35 percent on data, outgoing voice calls to UAE, GCC and local destinations and outgoing SMS while traveling to any Gulf Cooperation Council countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia and roaming through any roaming partner. The new rates are introduced in coordination with the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) to encourage roaming services within the GCC at affordable rates.

Read more: Etisalat slashes GCC roaming tariffs for data, text and calls

Zain Group announces the appointment of Emre Gurkan as CEO of 'touch' in Lebanon. The mobile operation is managed by Zain on behalf of the Lebanese government, and Mr. Gurkan's appointment is effective immediately. His appointment will see him cooperating closely with the country's Telecom Ministry in advancing the Lebanon's mobile communications sector.

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The empowerment of people through data democratization and the proliferation of our primitive understanding of sharing have made telecommunication providers' roles more challenging. People have more control over their lives than any other time in the past, and their demand for not only connectivity, but rich content and experiences, is increasing by the minute.

Read more: 4.5G: A Digital-Dream Come True - Touch paves the way for a new age of connectivity in Lebanon

Newly appointed Chairman of the Turk Telecom International (TTI) Group Management Board, Mehmet Toros has underlined that the organization's main focus is to generate new sales and enhance business cooperation on the newly launched matchless PoP 'SEA-ME-WE-5' underwater cable system. Turk Telecom International is a leading telecommunications operator in the Middle East, Asia, Turkey, CIS and Eastern Europe. It provides a full range of infrastructure, connectivity, internet and wholesale voice services to incumbents, alternative carriers, mobile operators, internet service providers, content providers and corporate customers.

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