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Opinion

Ovum: The genie’s out the bottle re: Egypt/Telcos

Some interesting perspective in from telecoms industry analyst Angel Dobardziev of Ovum regarding the recent excitement with Vodafone in Egypt: “Press reports that internet connectivity has been shut down in Egypt, and that mobile operators have been ordered to shut down services have several broad implications for the wider telecoms industry, and the Middle East […]

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Operators

Why Vodafone had to play ball with Egypt’s Government

Although I was none-too-impressed by Vodafone’s behaviour in Egypt over the past few days, I would like to make it clear that I absolutely understand it. Time for some admonishing from an anonymous reader who explains very clearly why Vodafone had no choice but to switch service off: 1: Licence. Vodafone has a licence, a […]

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Operators

So if I was in Egypt right now, and I needed help… where would you be, Vodafone?

It’s a good few hundred quid a month I pay to Vodafone for services here in the United Kingdom. One would imagine that if I was working in Egypt, my Vodafone UK handsets would naturally roam on to Vodafone Egypt. Right? I should expect that’s the preferred network. Thus if I was in Egypt right […]

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Devices Operators Services

Got a Satphone in Saudi Arabia? Hand it in please!

Jon Snow from Channel4 news reports that it’s not just mobile networks that governments are switching off in an attempt to keep the lid on things. Here’s what he had to say about Saudi Arabia: The one to watch is Saudi Arabia – ripe for change but far from the frontline of those most likely […]

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Operators Services

Vodafone ‘obliged’ to suspend service in Egypt

If you’re one of Vodafone’s 28 million customers in Egypt — and you’re resident in one of the hotspot areas of the country demonstrating dissatisfaction with the Government — chances are, you might not have mobile service. That’s right. Vodafone Egypt has been ‘obliged to comply’ with the Government order. AP/Businessweek reports: Telecoms company Vodafone […]