Telecoms & IT
Access to Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and many other social media has been blocked for weeks in Syria, in a measure by the government to limit the supply and transfer of information to the outside world and within the country.
Syria’s ranking in the Network Readiness Index, a survey of the competitiveness of countries around the world in the telecommunications and IT sectors, stood at a dismal 124th in this year’s edition of the survey.
Rami Makhlouf, one of Syria’s most prominent businessmen, has no plans to sell his stake in Syriatel or leave the country, according to statements reported in the local press.
Internet service through the 3G mobile network resumed in Syria on Monday May 16 after it was interrupted for more than 10 days.
The Syrian Government has postponed indefinitely the auction for the award of a third GSM license planned for April 27 on the back of the current unrest gripping the country.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has contracted Huawei to supply equipment to the Syrian section of the Regional Cable Network.
Three out of the five companies bidding for Syria’s third mobile phone license have dropped from the race only days before the deadline to submit formal bids, blaming terms, not the current unrest, for their decision.
The Syrian President has issued a law exempting subscribers to the telephone network from all taxes and fees on their unpaid bills provided they settle their debt within a year.
Syrian companies and individuals can now book their domain names in Arabic after the National Agency for Network Services launched on Sunday its registration service, according to SANA, the state’s news agency.
Turkcell is not interested in taking Syria’s third mobile phone license, the CEO of the Turkish company, which is among the 5 prelisted firms for this third license, said.
Syria allowed last week unrestricted access to Facebook and You Tube, although dozens of websites, including Amazon and the Arabic edition of Wikipedia, remain blocked.
The Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, has nominated the seven board members of the newly established Telecoms Supervisory Authority.
The auction for a third mobile phone license in Syria will begin with a starting bid of EUR 90 million, according to Mohammad Al-Jallali, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications.
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