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Mobiserve Implements Saudi Arabia's First 4G Network

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Mobiserve Holdings today announced the roll out of Saudi Arabia's first Long Term Evolution (LTE)-WiMAX forth generation 4G network for Saudi operator Mobily in association with Samsung and Huawei. Mobiserve's scope will cover the project implementation including survey, design hardware and Radio Frequency (RF) installation and commissioning. 4G network will significantly increase data speeds for Mobily's estimated 5 million customers. The LTE-WiMAX 4G network will be the highest speed data network in the country with speed estimated to be 2 times faster than current 3G networks.

Western Digital drives in Hitachi storage

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Western Digital today announced the acquisition Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and the new entity will result in a customer-focused storage company, with significant operating scale, strong global talent and the industry's broadest product lineup backed by a rich technology portfolio. WD expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to its earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, excluding acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles.

Avaya converges with HP

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Avaya as part of a strategic global agreement with HP is adding elements of Avaya's Unified Communications and Contact Center products to the HP Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) services portfolio for enterprises. Thereby, offering customers an increase in the agility of their existing communication architectures and realize the aspiration of unified communications for multi-vendor interoperability and ultimately save organizational costs.

FVC launches its new partner programme

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FVC, the leading Value Added Distributor in the region, today announced the launch of its partner programme, Cheer, which stands for Channel Enablement, Empowerment and Rewards, created to assist and motivate its partners across MENA to capitalise on opportunities rising from the adoption of new emerging technology. The programme will focus on demand generation for products and services in enterprises segment, apart from educating its partners with knowledge to differentiate themselves from competition and ensure high profibility from selling new emerging technologies.

Giuseppe Mastandrea to lead Acer

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Acer Group appointed Giuseppe Mastandrea as the new Regional Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META). Giuseppe would be responsibile for all the Acer brands: Acer, E-Machines, Gateway and Packard Bell. Giuseppe is a seasoned player for and has been associated with Acer since he joined in 1993 and served several countries in Europe in the past including Italy, France, Poland and Turkey. With the acquisition of Gateway and Packard Bell, Giuseppe lead the Global Marketing and Branding team to develop and handle the multi-brand strategy. He will lead the pack of acer in the whole region and will be responsible to further advance the market-share of Acer in this region. His in depth knowledge of Acer will provide a excellent platform to continue building a strong brand in the META Region.

Ministry of Economy UAE wins 'Open Group Arabia Award'

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The UAE Ministry of Economy's IT Department has recently won the Open Group Arabia Award for its continuous adoption of the latest technologies in institutional planning. The Ministry had recently launched a cross-section of high quality and efficient online services at the www.madeintheuae.com website, which will help manufacturers to promote their factories, products, and services. It enables UAE manufacturers to reach and connect with a global audience of buyers. Made in the UAE is supported by the Ministry of Economy, Dubai eGovernment and Tejari.

OtterBox extends its presence in Middle East

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OtterBox, the Irish brand of sleek and durable casing after capturing the european marketplace, now it extended its reach into Middle East by opening an office in Dubai, which would be led by Joonas Jantunen who has recently joined OtterBox from Nokia. Appointment of Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) as its first regional distributor for the Middle East region is part of the extention of OtterBox presence in the region. EMS will help build the brand to expand its channel network in the region.

Al Ansari Exchange adopts Etisalat's ‘IP Connect' service

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Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE's largest network exchange house that provides worldwide remittance and foreign exchange services, has revealed that all its 100 branches across the UAE are now connected via Etisalat's 'IP Connect' service. By utilizing Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology over IP - VPN's, this service offers comprehensive management features for all connections and routers at the company's branches across the country.

Infected computers on rise in the region, says Trend Micro

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Trend Micro said that the year 2011 witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of infected PCs in the Middle East, because businesses and individuals are still failing to take adequate security precautions. Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network ™ technology can see how many computers are active on the internet and the number of infected computers across the Middle East is on the rise. In 2010, there were more than 3,050,032 infected machines that Trend Micro saw as active across the region - a 44 percent rise from 2009. This year, already, the region has seen more than 674,938 compromised machines. Whereas, in 2010 GCC witnessed a 46% of rise in compromised machines.

Adam Holdings deploys Sage CRM solutions

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Leading ERP, CRM solution provider Sage Software announced the successful implemented its customer centric based solutions into the operations of Dubai based, Adam Holdings, a professional management services organization to increase the growth and profitability by 70%. Sage Software installed both the 'Sage CRM 200' and 'Sage Accpac 200' programs into ADAM Holding's data operations; helping create a more comprehensive sales operations, financial management and customer relationship management information system for the company.

Fujitsu to offer high availability services in KSA

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Fujitsu is taking its maintenance and support services to a new level with the launch of high availability services for enterprises in Saudi Arabia. With the high availability service, Fujitsu aims to increase its footprint in the enterprise sector in the Kingdom. Fujitsu has created an dedicated in-country spares hub in Saudi Arabia to ensure the fulfillment of high availability service commitments with the delivery of spares around the clock and also provide hardware maintenance with pre-defined response or recovery time.

Novell targets Saudi Arabia

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Novell targeting the fast growing Saudi Arabian IT market with various marketing activities in the kingdom such as seminars and road shows to educate target audiences about its next-generation enterprise solutions. Novell provided exclusive demonstrations of the strategic advantages of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, an interoperable platform for mission-critical computing that was held today in Riyadh. According to an recent report from Springboard Research Saudi IT spending in Public Sector only is projected to reach USD 2.4 billion in 2013.