Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

February 2, 2009

Official iPhone 3G in Saudi Arabia and UAE

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:01 pm

Etisalat in UAE/Mobily in Saudi Arabia announced that they will release the iPhone 3G by the end of February 2008.

No news about Arabic support though.

January 24, 2009

Mobily profits, STC falls

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 3:25 pm

Itihad Etisalat (Mobily), Saudi Arabia’s second-largest mobile phone operator beat analysts’ fourth-quarter earnings forecasts due to higher revenues from voice and data services. Mobily made 778 million riyals ($207.5 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, 51 percent higher than the 514.4 million riyals ($137.2 million) it made a year-earlier, the firm said in a statement posted on the bourse’s website.” from ArabianBusiness.com.

STC on the other hand the Arab world’s “largest telecom company” by market value, posted a worse-than-expected 62 percent fall in Q4 profit, on Tuesday, blaming the fall on foreign currency fluctuations. Via ArabBusiness.com as well.

STC should concentrate on improving their services, increasing their coverage and lower their prices! And NOT wasting their money (the customers’ money) on useless deals with Manchester United!!

United are out to land a new £125million shirt sponsorship deal – with Saudi Telecom favourites to get their name on the famous shirt. AIG yesterday confirmed they would not be renewing their £19m-a-year sponsorship deal at the end of next season.

October 7, 2008

Mobily trouble in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:45 am

According to Nidal and TheCrazyJogger, Mobily (the second mobile phone operator in Saudi Arabia) is facing problems in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Problems started yesterday and customers still have problems when making calls.

July 17, 2008

Mobily was down because of 2 cable cuts

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 8:32 pm

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) issued a statement this morning apologizing for the sudden outage of Mobily’s mobile network in Saudi Arabia yesterday. They blame Saudi Oger, a Saudi construction company, for the damages to the cable.

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) apologized to customers in a statement issued early Thursday morning over an outage Wednesday afternoon (July 16, 2008) in the Central and Eastern regions. Saudi Oger was behind the outage as it cut a major cable of Mobily’s fiberoptic cables – on King Abdullah road in Riyadh, whereas the second cut was in Khurais, 180 kilometers east of Riyadh.

However, Mobily did not mention the cause of the cut to the second cable. Here is the rest of the statement, you can find it online on this link but the URL is relative to the “LastOne” latest post so it will probably be broken if a new item was posted:

Both cables are core to keeping Mobily’s network on air and its customers in touch. In the statement, Mobily said the outage had impacted its customers across the Kingdom. Mobily said it had provided detailed maps and diagrams of where its cables were to Saudi Oger before-hand. Regardless of these preparations, and the fact that the cables were buried under seven meters of concrete, Saudi Oger cut through the major cable and caused the outage. Mobily said that it would find ways to guard against outages caused by similar actions from other contractors in the future. Meanwhile, the outage lasted for almost seven hours through Wednesday afternoon. Mobily rushed its network operations team immediately after the cables were cut. The team worked round the clock and was able to restore service Wednesday night, with customers getting service back from 9:30 PM onwards.

July 16, 2008

Mobily network is down?

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:54 pm

Apparently Mobily, the second telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia is having major problems with their network. Mobily users say that they don’t have any reception and if you tried to call a person on Mobily from an STC number then you will a “Network Busy” error.

Update: It is 11:30pm and the Mobily network at least in Riyadh is still unavailable.

October 15, 2006

Saudi Telethon Raises 15 Million Dollars for Tsunami Orphans

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 12:16 am

More than 15 million dollars was raised on the first day of a telethon in Saudi Arabia for orphans of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Source.

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