Sunday 25 January 2015

SAP mulls software delivery via cloud

Europe's biggest software group SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. "Such contracts become profitable over time. In the long term, they can


Etisalat unveils mobile data gifting service

UAE's leading telecom services operator Etisalat has launched a first-of-its-kind service allowing customers to gift mobile data packages to their families and friends and receive 10 per cent bonus data as a reward for every package they gift. For the new mobile data gifting


Oman terminates UK firm's $310m airport contract

British defence contractor Ultra Electronics Holdings said its Oman airport IT contract had been terminated and there would be a likely provision against the contract balances in its 2014 results. It would start discussions with the customer next week to work towards a settlement


Batelco in key broadband network upgrade

Bahrain’s leading communications solutions provider Batelco is rolling out its fibre network to deliver super-fast fixed broadband to the customers across the kingdom, said a senior official. Batelco said it annually invests millions of dinars to deliver new technologies an


Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for $15.4bn

Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to buy Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion ($15.4 billion), hastening the consolidation of Britain's telecoms industry. Hutchison already operates the Three Mobile network in Britain, and buying


4G LTE handsets demand quadruples in Middle East

GCC shipments of 4G LTE handsets have increased more than four times over the last year and are now close to accounting for one half of all smartphones sold in the region, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). The market intelligence firm'


Samsung launches new smartphones

Samsung Electronics, a leading multinational conglomerate company, has launched two new smartphones the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, offering modern design and advanced functions to support social networking. Hayssam Yassine, head of telecommunications group at Samsung Gulf Electroni


Batelco launches package for youth

Batelco, the leading communications solution provider in Bahrain, has introduced a new package aimed specifically at the youth. Batelco’s new U3 package designed for people between the age of 18 and 24, has the services priced at only BD3 per month, which offers unlimited c


New strain of ransomware hits GCC firms

A new variant of the ransomware family is affecting organizations within the GCC and in particular the UAE, said top IT security firm Eset, adding that multiple incidents have been recorded in a short period of time. Dubbed CTB-Locker, the ransomware encrypts and locks users'


Microsoft offers Windows 10 as free upgrade

Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world's largest software company tries to retain customers in the mobile era. Unexpectedly, it also unveiled a holograp

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