Telecoms & IT

The number of subscribers to Syria’s two mobile phone networks almost reached 10 million at the end of last year, according to the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has announced that it was reducing its ADSL subscription rates starting May 1.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has contracted four companies to increase its landline network by 920,000 lines.
MTN-Syria saw its subscribers' base increase by 20 percent last year to 4.2 million subscribers, according to the company's audited financial statements.
Syriatel, the country’s largest mobile phone operator, saw an increase of 4.7 percent in its 2009 revenues according to the unaudited financial statements of the company.
Syria ranked in 133rd place in the world in the latest Electronic Government Readiness Index published by the United Nations.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment, one of the largest and most profitable state-owned companies, generated revenues of SYP 66.5 billion in 2009, an annual increase of 7 percent.
ZTE, a Chinese Telecommunications equipment company, completed on December 30 a USD 46.55 million project to extend the land line network linking Damascus University with all its campuses and with the Ministry of Higher Education.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment is introducing new pricing system for pre-paid mobile subscribers that will be available from December 15, 2009.
Iseemedia, a Canadian provider of internet services to mobile phones, has announced that it had signed a deal with MTN-Syria to introduce a Blackberry-like email service in Syria.
The market share of the two mobile phone operators has remained stable in the first half of this year, according to the two companies.
Syriatel has increased its market share in the mobile phone network to 60 percent in the first half of this year, according to the company.
The combined number of subscribers to the land line and mobile phone networks in Syria has exceeded the 11 million mark.
The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) and the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment have confirmed their intention to build a new high-speed submarine cable between Syria and Cyprus, the CYTA official website reported.
Syria’s two mobile phone operators are attracting renewed interest from foreign investors according to various press reports.


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