Telecoms & IT

A relatively good third quarter has enabled MTN-Syria to limit the decline in its revenues for the first nine months of this year.
A fire at a warehouse of the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has led to damages worth some 15 billion pounds, according to a company executive.
The revenues of Syria’s two mobile phone operators, Syriatel and MTN-Syria, declined in the first half of this year.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has announced an increase in international land line calls.
The number of mobile phone subscribers fell last year for the first time since the introduction of mobile phones in Syria, according to recent data.
Cyprus announced last week that the citizenship it had granted to Rami Makhlouf in 2011 had been definitively revoked.
Rami Makhlouf was re-elected as chairman of the board of Syriatel during the company’s general assembly held last week.
Telecomix, a hactivist group, has revealed the presence of new devices sold by an American company for the purpose of internet monitoring.
Syria faced last week a 24-hour internet and mobile communications blackout attributed by the government to faulty cables.
A new case of sanction-breaching delivery of technology equipment to the Syrian authorities has been revealed by the New York Times.
Rami Makhlouf has resigned from the board of Syriatel, the company he founded and that came to symbolize in the last decade his role as Syria’s most powerful businessman.
Revenues and profits rose marginally last year at Syriatel, one of Syria’s two mobile phone operators.
A Dubai IT firm has accepted to pay a fine over its alleged sale of banned monitoring equipment to the Syrian authorities, according to Reuters.
Profits halved last year at MTN-Syria, one of Syria’s two mobile phone operators, over rising expenses.
Syriatel has announced that its largest shareholder, Rami Makhlouf, was giving up his shares in the company to a new entity dedicated to humanitarian and developmental projects, although Mr Makhlouf owns the majority of the shares of that new entity.


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