Passenger-carrying Drone to Fly in Dubai Soon

Dubai announced to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One. The question is whether the egg-shaped, four-legged craft will really take off as a transportation alternative in this car-clogged city already home to the world’s longest driver less metro line.

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Ooredoo Oman appoints new chief financial officer

Oman’s Ooredoo, a leading telecom company, has announced the promotion of Abdul Razzaq Al Balushi as the chief financial officer. He takes over from Jorgen Latte, who retired on February 1 as CFO. In his new post, Abdul Razzaq will have overall responsibility for managing the finance function, which will involve strategic finance, budgeting and planning, revenue assurance, business control, accounts and financial control, investor relations, procurement contracts and supply chain.

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Acer Announces World’s First Curved Screen Gaming Notebook

Acer today has unveiled its new Predator 21 X gaming laptop with the world’s first curved screen in a notebook, a series of monitors with the latest eye-tracking technology and GPU updates to the Predator 15/17 series. This announcement at IFA 2016 reinforces Acer’s dedication to premium gaming with a focus on expanding the number of high-performance Predator devices available to discerning enthusiasts around the world.

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UAE TRA takes step to end mobile data ‘bill shock’

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has ordered major operators Etisalat and du to put a ceiling, or hard cap, on their respective mobile data bundles to protect consumers from unwittingly incurring disproportionately higher additional charges.  The directive applies to all mobile data bundles whether included as part of the main subscription or purchased as an optional add-on, a statement said.

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Batelco offers 4G LTE backup solution

Bahrain’s leading telecom services operator Batelco said it is offering a range of backup options for fixed services to better serve its business customers. Under the scheme, the business customers from all industries will get 4G LTE backup connectivity for data services such as MPLS, Inet Dedicated and GMPLS (Global MPLS)

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Ericsson wins telecom brand award

A Telecom industry awards ceremony held at Dubai Festival City where Ericsson has bagged two awards.

The Telecom Review 6th Industry Leaders Summit awarded Ericsson the Telecom Review Best Telecom Brand award as well as the Best Vendor TV and Media Solutions award.

Commenting on the wins, the company’s president for Mena region, Rafiah Ibrahim, said:

“We are thrilled that our contribution to the telecoms sector has been recognised. We are committed to serve our customers by providing them with the most innovative products, solutions and services.We believe that together with our partners in the industry, we can pave the way to life in the Networked Society,”

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Adsic and du ink signed an agreement on smart apps

UAE-based telecom provider du has signed a cooperation agreement with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (Adsic) on smart city and smart apps.
The announcement comes in line with both parties’ continued efforts and enthusiasm to contribute in providing best services and solutions in each of these fields.

In the field of smart city and smart services, du and Adsic are currently in discussions regarding the various areas they will cooperate in.

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Global Devices Shipments

Global Devices Shipments to Grow 2.8 Percent in 2015

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2014 according to Gartner. In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach $226 billion, a 7.2 percent decline in current U.S. dollars.

Stripping out the impact of exchange-rate movements (constant U.S. dollars), the global computing devices spending will decrease 3.1 percent in 2015. The global PC market is on pace to total 306 million units in 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease over 2014.

“The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar. The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to increase their prices in order to remain profitable and, as result, it is suppressing purchases. We expect businesses will delay purchases of new PCs, and consumers will delay or ‘de-feature’ their purchases. However, this reduction in purchasing is not a downturn, it is a reshaping of the market driven by currency.”

Said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

The mobile phone market, the largest and most profitable segment of the global device market, is expected to total 1.9 billion units and grow 3.5 percent in 2015. The presence of cheaper smartphones will continue to appeal to consumers, and counter the need to increase prices. Mobile phone pricing has been increasing over the last few years driven by a rising premium-phone average selling price, but now will remain flat or slightly down as the smartphone market reaches saturation over the next few years.

“Consumers will continue to prioritize spending on phones over PCs and tablets in 2015.”

Said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.

Worldwide ultramobile shipments, which include tablets and clamshells, are on pace to total 237 million units in 2015, a 4.3 percent increase over 2014.

“Following rapid growth, the current mature consumer installed base for tablets is comparable to that of notebooks. Not only is the tablet segment nearing saturation in mature markets, but the influx of hybrids and phablets will compete directly with tablets in emerging markets.”

Said Ms. Cozza.

Gartner analysts expect that an increasing percentage of users of high-end Android devices will move to iOS:

“Android vendors at the high end are finding it hard to differentiate and add value beyond technology and features,” said Ms. Cozza. “Furthermore, Apple’s brand clout and ecosystem – alongside the new large-screen iPhone models – are strong alternatives.”

Ms. Cozza also added:

“We also estimate that, despite Apple’s premium price tags, the iOS base replacement cycle that started in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the larger iPhones will carry on into 2015,” 

Megafon Tajikistan Introduces New Branded Modem

Mobile operator Megafon Tajikistan has introduced a new 3G-modem, with speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Customers buying the device have also been offered a package including a Sim connected to the Megafon Modem tariff and the Online 10 Modem option. The package costs TJS 150 and contains 5 GB per month for use during the day, and another similar priced bundle of 5 GB for night use. The modem is attached to the network of the operator.

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