Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, announces that it is building Egypt's largest international data center facility. Expected to be commissioned in early 2021 with access to all the global submarine cable systems that land in Egypt, the new data center is going to be the first in the country with the Uptime Institute's certifications in the Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability categories. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions on the economy, the construction of the new facility has not been affected and is moving according to plan. The facility has also been granted the Tier III Certification of Design from the Uptime Institute a few months ago after a rigorous assessment of all aspects of the data center and its operations.

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Telecom Egypt and St Helena Government (SHG) have signed an agreement to connect the Island to Telecom Egypt’s subsea system over the Equiano submarine cable system. Telecom Egypt will be the first to provide St Helena with a fibre optic connection to the rest of the world, which is a crucial step towards the Island’s economic growth. The cable, along with the associated high-speed internet, is planned to be delivered to the Island by early 2022.

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Ooredoo Group announced a strong set of financial results despite macroeconomic weakness in some of their markets. The Doha-based company said its net profit increased by 16%to QAR 1.47 billion in the first nine months to 30 September from QAR 1.26 billion in the same period in 2019 in a more favorable foreign exchange environment.

Revenue declined by 3 percent year-on-year to QAR 21.41 billion from QAR 21.96 billion because of COVID-19, with a reduction in handset sales and roaming business. This was partially offset by growth in Indonesia. 

Commenting on the results, Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo  Group  has  been  fortunate  to  have  a  well-diversified  business – across  geography  and  customer composition – in  addition  to  a  strong  balance  sheet,  which  has  helped  us  maintain  resilience  during  these challenging times.”

Data revenues accounted for more than 50% of total revenue, supported by data leadership and digital transformation initiatives in the countries where Ooredoo operates. EBITDA declined by 4 percent year-on-year to QAR 9.2 billion from QAR 9.66 billion in 2019, hit by lower revenues and higher cost of sale as well as challenging market conditions in Algeria, Kuwait, Iraq and Oman.

The company maintains its focus on digitalization and cost optimization, which is reflected in the EBITDA margin of 43 percent, compared with 44 percent in 2019.

Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar revenue reached QAR 5.3 billion in the first nine months to 30 September compared with QAR 5.4 billion in the same period of 2019. EBITDA stood at QAR 2.9 billion compared with QAR 3.0 billion in 2019. The customer base rose by 2.7 percent year on year to 3.3 million, with mobile customers growing by 3.2 percent, and the postpaid customer base up by 2.8 percent. The EBITDA margin sustained its positive trend at 55 percent compared with 56 percent in 2019. 

Ooredoo Oman

Lockdowns and movement restrictions also impacted Ooredoo Oman’s results for the period. Revenues declined 5% to QAR 1.9 billion compared to the same period last year, due to a  reduction  in  mobile  revenues.  Consequently,  EBITDA  for  the  period  declined  9%  to  QAR  1.0  billion compared to the same period last year.

Ooredoo Kuwait

Ooredoo Kuwait group revenues decreased by 6 percent to KWD 155.4 million for the first nine months to 30 September from KWD 169.7 million in the same period of 2019. EBITDA dropped by 13 percent to KWD 40.6 million from KWD 53.1 million for the same period in 2019. Net profit decreased by 75 percent to KWD 5.9 million from KWD 23.5 million in 2019, due to the decline in EBITDA.

stc and Rakuten Mobile announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of collaborating in the field of innovation and strategic mobile technology. The two companies will explore future opportunities to collaborate in various technology domains, including, fully autonomous digital platform serving telecommunication cloud network, OpenRAN deployment options for greenfield and brownfield use-cases, operating models and business value realization.

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The Consortium of the main Saudi telecom carriers, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) signed the agreement of the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN) modernization project with their partner Huawei. By building the first 5G and B2B-driven, ultra-broadband optical backbone network in the Middle East, the SNFN project will contribute to the end-to-end network transformation and agile automation strategy as part of the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: ITC, Mobily kick off 2030 vision-oriented SNFN modernization project

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