Telecoms & IT

Syria's two mobile operators saw a two-digit annual increase in both revenues and net profits according to their unaudited financial statements for the first half of 2010.
The Syrian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Imad Sabbouni, has denied that Zein, the mobile phone operator, had won the right to enter the Syrian market.  
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment, one of the most profitable state-owned companies, generated revenues of SYP 73.1 billion in 2009, posting an annual increase of 18 percent.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) has announced that Syria will be exchanging internet capacities with three of its neighbours starting early June.  
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.
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.
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.


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