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AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, telecommunications briefs
[September 28, 2009]

AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, telecommunications briefs

Sep 28, 2009 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- BAHRAINI FIRMS FACE LEGAL ACTION OVER MASTS: Bahraini telecom firms face potential legal action after erecting 'hundreds' of mobile phone masts over the weekend, despite municipal councils ordering a freeze on any new mast installations on top of homes, Gulf Daily News has reported. Last week, the five municipal councils gave telecom firms until the end of the year to remove existing masts from residential property or face legal action, however, councilors now say that deal is cancelled and are seeking the dismantling of such masts immediately. An agreement was reached two weeks ago to hire an international company to assess the situation and come up with a plan for setting up masts in future.

FRANCE TELECOM STILL EYES STAKE IN MOBINIL: France Telecom would continue its efforts to buy the stake in Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil) even if it means entering an international arbitration process, Gervais Pellissier, the company's CFO has said. 'We have time in front of us. We are not in a hurry,' he told Reuters.

SAMSUNG LAUNCHES 12 MEGAPIXEL PHONE: Samsung Electronics is bringing out a 12 Megapixel camera phone, called Pixon 12. Features on the Apple iPhone-like mobile include auto focus, including for moving images and a 3.1" Amoled touch screen. The phone is available across the Middle East, costing Dhs2,999.

ETISALAT, ORASCOM AND BATELCO IN RUNNING TO BUY MEDITEL STAKE: A report by three Moroccan dailies has said that UAE-based Etisalat, Bahrain-based Batelco and Egypt's Orascom are all interested in buying a stake in Morocco's telecommunications firm Meditel, Emirates Business 24/7 has reported. Meditel's owners, FinanceCom and state fund CDG, aim to sell the stake to institutional investors, likely to be telecoms firms from Egypt, Bahrain or the UAE, the papers reported.

ALCATEL-LUCENT TO SET-UP WIRELESS NETWORK IN IRAQ: Alcatel-Lucent has inked a deal with HI Link Telecom LTD, the winner of Western Iraq's CDMA fixed wireless license, to deploy wireless broadband network in Al Anbar province in the West of Iraq. Alcatel-Lucent is providing CDMA/EV-DO wireless technology.

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