Kuwait

Zain Group reports a 28% increase in revenues in 2018
Kuwait looking to privatise state telecoms, report says
Ooredoo ahead of Viva in subscribers, but vice versa for revenues
Ooredoo makes 5G call between Qatar and Kuwait
Zain reckons 5G network ‘ready to go live’ (but lacks spectrum, devices and permission)
Zain Group’s 9M revenues, EBITDA surge following Zain KSA consolidation
Viva agrees to purchase Qualitynet
IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest
Zain launches BEAM home wireless broadband; signs cloud partnership with Microsoft
Zain Group reports 5% increase in net profit in 1H18
IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest
Viva Kuwait launches ‘VoLTE Plus’
Viva las vagueness! Kuwaiti cellco joins rivals in 5G tech deployment, but details are scarce
Kuwait's Zain and Ooredoo both claim '5G' technology deployment
Zain Group reports 5% y-o-y growth in revenues in 1Q18
Ministry progressing with second-phase FTTH rollout
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IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest
Zain Group posts 2% y-o-y increase in net profit to KWD1bn in 2017
Ooredoo Kuwait posts USD131m group net profit for 2017
Viva Kuwait posts USD133m annual net profit
Viva Kuwait upgrades backhaul with ‘Super Dual Band’ Huawei tech
IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest
Cisco upgrades Zain Group’s IP/MPLS network
Omantel completes 12.1% Zain stake purchase, becomes second largest shareholder
Kuwaiti bourse holding 12.1% Zain stake auction on 12 Nov; Omantel expected recipient
Zain Group’s revenues, net income slump in 9M17 on currency devaluations
Omantel buys further 12.1% Zain stake, becomes second largest shareholder
Zain selling Kuwait towers for USD165m to IHS
Omantel to acquire additional 12% stake in Zain
Zain achieves 70Gbps downlink in ‘5G’ trials
Zain and Omantel complete KWD255m treasury share sale
Zain, Ooredoo and Viva announce VoLTE interconnection
Omantel to acquire 9.84% Zain Group stake
Zain Group reports flat net income in 1H17
Viva Kuwait reports 2% y-o-y growth in profits in 1Q17
Currency devaluations, intense competition affect Zain Group’s 1Q17 financials
Viva Kuwait announces 35Gbps 5G lab tests
Tower Talk: a guide to the latest major cell site developments
Zain, Viva partner on VoLTE interconnection
Zain Group’s 2016 revenues down 4% y-o-y
Viva Kuwait reports net profit of KWD40m in 2016
Zain, Ericsson collaborate on 5G research and development
Kuwaiti govt achieves 10Gbps uplink over Nokia’s XGS-PON technology
Zain to pay USD129m settlement to Airtel over 2010 sale of African units
Ooredoo Kuwait finalises FASTtelco takeover
Zain Group revenues down 3% to USD2.7bn in 9M16
Zain Group reports revenue, subscriber declines in H1 2016
Zain Kuwait launches VoLTE
Zain Group’s revenues, subscribers down in 1Q16
Ooredoo acquires FASTtelco in Kuwait
Huawei picked to enhance Zain Kuwait B2B services
MoC Kuwait’s fixed infrastructure to be privatised
Tower Talk: a guide to the week’s major cell site developments
Zain Group’s 2015 revenues down 6% to USD3.8bn
STC secures majority ownership of Viva
Zain Kuwait trials 4.5G technology
Viva’s Board says STC offer of KWD1 per share not fair
STC offers KWD1 per share in Viva Kuwait buyout
STC to acquire all of Viva Kuwait’s shares
Viva Kuwait reports 12% increase in profits in 9M15
Zain Kuwait to offer M2M services over Vodafone platform
Zain Group reports 27% decrease in profits in 9M15
Zain Group reports revenues of USD1.9bn in H1 2015
Viva Kuwait launches VoLTE services
Ooredoo LTE-A network now live in Kuwait
Zain Group’s revenues, profit down in 1Q15 due to struggling Iraqi operations
Zain, Vodafone extend Partner Market agreement to include M2M
Viva Kuwait’s net profit up 21.2% in Q1 2015
Viva Kuwait’s profit up by 66% in 2014
Zain Kuwait inks ‘4.5G’ agreement with Huawei; Ericsson tapped for transformation project
Zain Group’s 2014 revenue, net profit falls on ‘foreign currency revaluation’
Zain may sell mobile transmitter towers in some of its markets
Ooredoo Kuwait wins appeal against USD125m fine
Viva Kuwait shares officially listed on local bourse
Zain Group's revenue down by 6% to USD1.04bn in 3Q14
Kuwait Investment Authority to offload stake in Zain Group
Viva Kuwait gets nod for local stock exchange listing
Zain Group's revenue up by 3% to USD1.1bn in 2Q14
NSN to provide Zain Kuwait with complete OSS solution
Zain Kuwait trials VoLTE with Huawei and NSN
Viva Kuwait’s net profit skyrockets in FY2013
Zain, Huawei strengthen strategic partnership with MoU
Wataniya Kuwait adopts Ooredoo branding
Zain Kuwait contracts NEC, METCO to boost network capacity
Qualitynet trials Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi platform
Wataniya reports 1.8% increase in net profit for 1Q14
Zain Group reports 4% increase in 1Q14 revenue to USD1.1bn
Batelco completes the acquisition of 46% stake in Qualitynet
Play the HiTS: Kuwait-based holding company suffers KWD5.69m FY13 loss
Zain Group secures USD250m loan to finance operations
Kuwait approves bill for creation of independent regulator
Zain Group secures USD800m credit facility
Batelco increases stake in Kuwait’s Qualitynet to 90%
Wataniya reports 45.9% surge in profit in 4Q13
Zain Group reports 3.9% drop in 2013 revenues
Zain seeking new loan as USD867m facility nears maturity
Zain Group invests USD1bn in network upgrades in 2013
Zain picks Ericsson to implement billing solution
Wataniya Telecom plans LTE-A upgrade
Zain Group reports flat revenues in 3Q13
Zain Kuwait to roll out LTE-A in selected areas
Zain, SLA Mobile launch direct operator billing platform
Wataniya reports 3.4% drop in revenue to KWD184.5m
Zain plans to expand in North Africa
Quartet team up for Gulf fibre network
Viva announces upgrade to LTE-A
Zain Group to offer eServGlobal mobile money solution
Zain and Huawei to build all-IP network in Kuwait
Batelco’s revenues climb 10%, subscribers up 24%, following Islands consolidation
Zain Kuwait profit plunges 27% to KWD113m
Wataniya’s net profit up by almost 20% to KWD22.9m
Wataniya launches LTE; nationwide coverage promised by end-13
Zain switches 9.3% of Kuwaiti customers to LTE in six months
Kuwait has no plans to suspend VoIP applications
Zain Group and Samsung ink a MoU agreement
HiTS seeks diversification to maximise profit
Viva secures USD270m for network upgrades
Kuwait launches MNP
Qualitynet announces possible acquisition
Kuwait to establish independent regulator
Kuwait’s cellcos forgo MNP transfer fee
Kuwait to launch MNP in mid-June; veto on handset retail licences
Zain Group publishes 26.8% drop in profit
Zain Group signs USD700m revolving credit to improve liquidity
Kuwait’s Wataniya Q1 net profit plunges 31%
Kuwaiti Telecoms sign deal for MNP
Kuwait to activate MNP within 45 days
HiTS Telecom group suffers FY12 net loss of USD20m
Viva turns profitable for first time since launch
Iran, GCC states agree multi-band mobile spillover pact
Viva launches LTE to all customers
Wataniya signs network upgrade deal with Ericsson
Zain first in Middle East to join Joyn
Wataniya taps Huawei for 4G deployment
Zain results hit by negative foreign currency movements
Zain bundles OSN’s pay-TV channels
Zain Kuwait taps Ciena and METCO for LTE backhaul
Zain Saudi inks interconnect deal with MoC Kuwait
STC and Viva announce 4G roaming
Wataniya Telecom prepares for 4G network launch
Zain Kuwait launches nationwide LTE
Wataniya deploys CSG wholesale billing management solution
Zain's results hit by foreign exchange losses
Wataniya aims to boost income from internet services
Viva looking for USD400m loan
Zain Group to create new regional wholesale division
Qtel raises Wataniya stake to 92.1%; Kuwaiti sovereign fund offloads entire interest
Kuwait licenses 4G services in 1800MHz band
Ministry urged to speed up 4G licensing
Price caps for Kuwaiti ISPs
Zain Kuwait optimises network with Aircom
Zain launches Wi-Fi roaming with iPass
Vodafone Group and Zain confirm multi-country Partner Market agreement
Wataniya board decides Qtel offer is fair
Vodafone and Zain close to roaming agreement
Qtel receives green light for Wataniya acquisition
Zain net income expected to climb by 1%
Subscriber growth boosts Wataniya's top-line
Offer for Wataniya is USD2.3bn, source says
Qtel offers to take 100% of Wataniya in deal valued at USD1.9bn
Wataniya and Ericsson complete billing system upgrade
Kuwait’s MoC gets tough on debtors
MoC Kuwait struggling to recoup USD400m in unpaid bills
Mada takes capacity on Gulf Bridge International network
Viva announces sales of KWD94 million for 2011
Trio of GBI developments reported
First quarter sales up 1% at Zain Group
Algeria and Tunisia help boost Wataniya results, though profit slides
Viva launches 42.2Mbps mobile service
Viva hits one million customers
Zain inks global Wi-Fi deal with iPass
FASTtelco to debut IPTV in Kuwait
GBI cable ready for service
Tunisia helps boost Wataniya results in 2011
Zain sees 2% rise in sales on subscriber gains
Hits Telecom eyes two acquisitions in 2012
Viva to list more shares on Kuwait bourse
Unhappy Christmas? MoC confirms annual cut-off for wireline debtors
HiTS Telecom inks USD43m loan with Global Emerging Markets
FastTelco buys advance capacity from GBI
Zain Group 9M revenues increase 2.2% to KWD988mn
Optimistic Batelco says Kuwaiti court ruling will not affect Zain Saudi deal
Qtel’s Wataniya unit revenues up 35%
Zain 1H11 group revenues rise 2%; net income up 17%
MoC imposes 15%-25% price reduction on ISPs; ‘fair usage’ compromise abandoned
QualityNet in talks over two regional telecoms deals
MoC urges ISPs to slash internet prices; reduces call prices to GCC nations
Wataniya announces 5.6% increase in Q1 revenues
Etisalat abandons Zain takeover due to 'regional unrest'; Zain Saudi deal now in doubt
Zain FY revenues edge up 7%; net income boosted 445% by Zain Africa sale
Wataniya sees consolidated revenues rise 13.5%; all units boost subscriber figures
Zain to press ahead with expansion plans if Etisalat sale collapses
Etisalat still keen on Zain deal, despite missed deadline
Cukurova attempts to derail Zain, Etisalat deal with late bid
Kuwait court dismisses Zain lawsuit, clears path for Etisalat deal
Etisalat may have to settle for lower stake in Zain
MoC inks submarine cable deal with 'leading global communications company'
Kuwait to privatise fixed line operations; MoC suspends issuing of ISP licences
Zain opens books to Etisalat for due diligence
Etisalat signs Zain purchase accord
Wataniya reports 8.5% increase in Kuwaiti revenues
Zain Group announces improved revenues for the first nine months of 2010
Etisalat did not offer to buy Kuwait Investment Authority’s Zain stake
Etisalat’s Zain bid gathering momentum
Etisalat in preliminary approach to buy Zain stake; USD10.5 billion offer rumoured
Wataniya Q2 net profit slumps 69%
Zain announces Middle East revenues of USD2.33 billion for 1H
MoC Kuwait inks deals to improve fixed line services
Zain Kuwait experiments with LTE
Etisalat denies Zain stake interest
Zain in talks with Etisalat over stake sale, report says
Motorola to manage Zain’s 3G network
KIA may sell Zain stake to strategic investor
Zain announces 1Q financial results
Viva seals USD270m financing deal with Huawei
Turkcell and others interested in Zain
Wataniya posts year end results
Zain 2009 net profit tumbles
Zain board approves sale of African assets to Bharti
Wataniya: Q4 net profit down, FY up
Bharti has USD10.7 billion bid for Zain’s African assets accepted
Zain denies receiving offers for African assets
Zain stake sale to take longer than first planned
Vavasi to persist with BSNL
BSNL pulls out of Zain talks
Zain sees profit slip 17% in first nine months
BSNL waiting on Vavasi before calling on Zain
Motorola to deploy HSPA+ for Zain
Viva claims 10% of Kuwait mobile market
Wataniya sees net profit slip in Q3
SGC considers Zain stake
Zain not concerned by Econet lawsuit
MTNL and BSNL on acquisition trail
BSNL still keen on Zain
MoC reviews licensing legislation
Zain stake sale agreed
Zain nearing sale of 46% stake
Zain scraps ownership restrictions
Zain boosts mobile broadband speeds
Zain’s African assets in demand
KIA considers Zain stake sale
Zain reports strong H1 results as Etisalat reportedly considers move
Zain turns down Vivendi offer
MoC suspends ISP’s licences
Zain extends Globitel agreement
Vivendi named as possible Celtel buyer
Zain considering Celtel sale?
Zain customer base up 41%
Zain nears USD2.5 billion refinancing deal
Zain Kuwait signs exclusive deal with Rotana
Kalimat, PCCW ink USD25m IPTV, mobile TV deal
Customer growth drives Zain results
Wataniya full year 2008 profit up but 4Q profit slides
Viva launches mobile broadband
MoC to cut call rates
Viva to launch on Wednesday
Zain Q3 Group net profit up 7%
Wataniya reports 64% jump in 3Q profits
Kuwait to get independent telecoms regulator
Zain upgrades pre-paid systems
Zain investment
Viva Kuwait
Kuwait Telecom sale begins this week
Zain hopes to raise USD4.5 billion
Wataniya profit growth
Zain sees 26% rise in first-half sales
Bharti Airtel, Zain rumours will not go away
IP telephony back and open for business
Qtel 1Q profit up 9.4%, driven by Wataniya
IPO in Kuwait’s third cellco expected soon
Zain results
Profits up at Wataniya
MoC reports 2007 revenues
Wataniya sees 8% drop in 4Q profits
Zain posts increased revenues in 2007
Al-Deera takes FASTtelco stake
Zain rules out Vodafone deal
Wataniya lowers international rates
Ministry paves the way for third cellco
Zain raises capital to fund expansion
STC wins mobile auction
STC bids in Kuwaiti mobile auction
Counting the cost of a fatter Qatar
IPO only open to locals
Bidding period for stake in new Kuwaiti cellco extended to November
African operations to keep Celtel brand for now
MTC rebrands as Zain
STC joins Kuwaiti bidders
MTC looking for a move
Kuwait delays bids deadline for new cellco again
Omantel rules out Kuwait bid
MTC to move base to Bahrain
Etisalat and Batelco amongst others consider bidding for stake in new Kuwaiti cellco
Government looking at regulator split
MTC-Vodafone upgrades SMSC
Growth slows at Wataniya
MTC investment expected
FASTtelco improves network security
Etisalat may bid for Kuwait mobile licence
MTC sees 49% jump in 1H revenues
State opens auction for third mobile licence
MTC to list international arm on LSE
MTC upgrades SMSC
Third cellco expected next year
MTC shares see record trading
MTC completes final 15% purchase of Celtel
Wataniya reveals strong first quarter
MTC record rampant first quarter growth
Qtel takes control at Wataniya
Wataniya stake up for sale
Wataniya in tie-up with Sprint
MTC reports record results
Wataniya offered USD1bn credit facility
Arab Telecom goes for WiMAX
Motorola wins with MTC
Etisalat interested in buying Wataniya stake
Kuwait expected to get third cellco in 2007
MTC selects optical solution from Nortel
MTC denies that listing is imminent
Wataniya: subscriber growth boosts revenues
Wataniya sees profit rise
MTC Group sales leap
Wataniya expands HSDPA
MTC predicts profits leap
MTC ditching Vodafone
MTC expansion spurs sales
Wataniya Telecom posts KWD11.1 million net profit in Q1 2006
Third cellco set to enter market
Good year for MTC
HSDPA comes to Kuwait
MTC doubles capital, raising USD2.28 billion
MTC-Vodafone to offer Al Jazeera broadcasts via mobile
MTC to launch rights issue
MTC and Vodafone sign on for two more years
MTC 3Q profit up 52%
Wataniya income on the up and up
MTC to increase capital by 100%
MTC 1H financials show strong gains all round
MTC board approves capital increase to help fund Celtel buyout
Motorola to optimise MTC network
Wataniya gets into EMO
Wataniya orders 300,000 more secure SIMs
MTC-Vodafone makes signing up a million users look eeZeee
Wataniya signs EUR100 million 3.5G deal with Nokia
MTC secures funding for Celtel deal
MTC completes Celtel deal
MTC reports first quarter results
MTC-Vodafone to give multimedia services a bit of a spit n’ polish
Wataniya seals music content deal
MTC-Vodafone to buy pan-African operator Celtel
Kuwait unveils plans for network upgrade
Wataniya gets the EDGE over MTC-Vodafone
Strong subscriber growth bolsters MTC profits
First 3G call completed
MTC gains 80,000 Iraqi customers in third quarter
MTC Q3 and year-to-date financials ‘solid’
Motorola wins EDGE contract in Middle East
Wataniya announces promising 1H results
MTC-Vodafone introduces MMS roaming
Government approves third wireless operator
MTC-Vodafone boosts contract customer base
MTC-Vodafone signs up one million customers
Wataniya sees increased MMS usage
Kuwait halts share trading in Kipco and National Mobile Telecom
Wataniya tables aggressive expansion
Wataniya trials EDGE
Wataniya wins third Algerian mobile licence
Wataniya wins third Algerian mobile licence
Wataniya reports record revenue growth and doubles profits in 1H 2003
Equipment contract news (ii): Motorola to upgrade GPRS network