Apr 09, 2012 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
SOME VOIP SERVICES GET UNBLOCKED IN OMAN, GIVES OPPORTUNITY TO SMES: Users in Oman have said a number of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services have been unblocked last weekend, Muscat Daily has reported. The move could pave the way for cheaper international communication and provide a boost for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). No official announcement has been made by the operators or the Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA), but users said services such as Google Talk, Viber, FaceTime and MSM Messenger have been unblocked since last Wednesday.
SAMSUNG TEAM UP WITH ANGRY BIRDS MAKERS FOR NEW GAMES: Samsung has partnered with Finnish video game developer and entertainment company Rovio to introduce the Angry Birds Space for the first time on its Android smartphone and tablet computer Galaxy Note. The company said the Note is a perfect gaming device as it comes with a vivid and expansive 5.3-inch HD Super Amoled screen and a dual-core processor, which ensures incredibly fast and smooth game play. An exclusive Samsung Galaxy Note level will be provided in the Angry Birds Space game, Samsung said.
WORK BEGINS ON REGIONAL NETWORK IN JORDAN: The Jordanian ministry of information and communications technology has announced work on the $500m regional cable network (RCN) project is under way and the network is expected to be launched during the third quarter of this year, Jordan Times has reported. The project, which started in late 2010, is being implemented by seven ICT operators from Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It involves the construction of the Middle East's longest redundant terrestrial communications infrastructure along a 7,750-kilometre round trip route. The cable network extends from the city of Fujairah in the UAE to Istanbul in Turkey and onward to Europe and will serve as a gateway to the internet for two billion people. The project is being implemented by a consortium of the UAE's Etisalat, Mobily (Saudi Arabia), Jordan Telecom/Orange Jordan, Mada-Zain Partnership (Jordan), Syrian Telecoms Est (Syria), and Superonline (Turkey).
SAUDI REGULATOR TIGHTENS GRIP ON ALMUTAKAMELA: Saudi Arabia's market regulator has suspended the trading of shares of the Saudi Integrated Telecom Co (Almutakamela) in the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) from April 1 'until the company amends its conditions,' Arab News has reported. The Capital Market Authority (CMA) said appropriate actions will be taken if the company fails to take the necessary steps to correct its current position after the expiration of six months from the date of this decision. Under CMA rules, the regulator can suspend or cancel the securities listing if it is considered that the issuer operations' level or its assets do not justify the continuous trading of its securities in the market.
JORDAN SET TO COMPLETE NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK PROJECT: The Jordanian ministry of information and communications technology is inviting mobile operators and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to be partners in a projected company that will complete a national broadband network project, Gulf Today has reported. Those interested have one month as of Thursday to submit their proposals, said a ministry spokesman. "If we do not receive official requests from companies, we will open the way for local and international companies to compete for a tender to finish the project, whose implementation was negatively affected by the lack of necessary financial resources," the spokesman said.
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