Telecoms & IT

Syria’s telecommunications sector has lost some SYP 1.5 billion from the ongoing conflict in the country, according to a government official.
Internet and phone communications resumed on Saturday 01 December, two days after Syria went through an almost total blackout that remains unexplained to this date.
Hewlett-Packard was forced to deny last week that it had made any direct sale of its products to Syria, following a request for clarification sent by the Securities and Exchange Commission, America’s financial markets regulator.
Revenues and profits continued to increase at Syriatel in the first nine months of this year.
MTN-Syria managed to maintain a solid level of activity with revenues rising on an annual basis in the first three quarters of the year.
Syriatel remained Syria’s largest mobile phone operator in the first half of this year as the company posted an increase in revenues and profits in spite of adverse business and security environments.
Revenues continued to rise as profits fell at MTN-Syria, the Syrian subsidiary of the South African telecommunications group.
Syria’s telecommunication and information technology indicators improved last year according to recently released statistics.
Google has announced that it was allowing again the download of several of its prime software after control restrictions by the American administration were lifted.
MTN-Syria, one of Syria’s two mobile phone operators, has reported a slight rise in revenues to SYP 10.8 billion and a decline in net profits to SYP 0.9 billion in the first quarter of this year.
A Presidential decree formally established last week the Syrian Electronic Payments Company, an entity that will be tasked with building and managing the infrastructure for an electronic payment system in the country.
The number of subscribers to broadband Internet rose some 77 percent in the last year in Syria, according to the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment.
The Syrian Telecommunications Establishment has reduced the subscription costs to the internet broadband service by some 40 percent.
Syriatel, one of Syria’s two mobile operators, announced an 11 percent decline in its 2011 profits, while its competitor, MTN-Syria, saw its profits increase by the same rate.
The number of subscribers to Syria’s mobile phone networks rose to 11.9 million at the end of the third quarter of this year, according to the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment.


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