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    Wataniya Telecom, the smaller of the two multi-national operators based in Kuwait, has produced results for the three months ended September. These show that the business has enjoyed another very strong quarter, with revenues up year on year by 40% to KD 308m (US$1.06bn) while EBITDA has increased by 67% to KD 134m, this implying a substantial improvement in margin from a good 36.5% to a better 43.5%.

    Almost every network where the company has an interest has helped contribute to the growth, with Algeria (+16%), Iraq and Tunisia (+11% each) adding the most customers. Overall, the group grew by 11.4%, this average being reduced by the company's original business in its home market, which only managed 3.5% growth - though this was sufficient to help it pass the million milestone. Year on year, the increase amounted to just under 70%, from 5.2m overall to 8.8m.

    Adjusting these numbers to reflect Wataniya's underlying interest in each business reduces the growth rate to 11% in the quarter and 62% in the year, largely because the company only owns 40% of its fastest growing business (in Iraq) and only 17% of its second fastest (in Algeria). Nonetheless, this is a very respectable outcome and it is this that we show in the chart below:



    Looking at the ARPUs, Wataniya has managed the improbable trick of increasing average revenue per customer in every one of its six territories. The most notable improvement is in the Maldives, from KD 3.8 to KD 4.6 per month, but this is more a consequence of the lower customer base quarter on quarter than anything else. Elsewhere, the increases are more marginal, but they are increases - and welcome ones - all the same.

    Wataniya Telecom Q3 2006 results

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    Algerians kill the time by making calls. No wonder OTA and Watania are making great profits
    Avant d'ecrire il faut savoir lire,
    et avant de parler, il faut savoir ecouter
    Par El Bachir El Ibrahimi

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    TUNIS: Arab Gulf investors with deep pockets are set to push further into North Africa’s fast-growing telecoms sector, able to pay more and wait longer for a return than European operators, a senior industry official said.

    Fifty million people from Morocco to Egypt now use a mobile phone, but 85mn more could potentially access a mobile signal they are still not connected to, said Gabriel Solomon, government and regulatory affairs director at the GSM Association, a telecoms industry group.

    “As service prices trend down, you will see more of these people connecting,” he told Reuters in an interview at the 3G GSM North Africa conference in Tunis yesterday.

    The region’s prospects represent a mouth-watering opportunity for firms in saturated European markets seeking new avenues for growth. But they must do battle with state or privately owned Gulf companies that are flush with cash from record-high oil prices, have no retail shareholders pressing for quick returns and can pay well above the market price for assets.

    “These are powerhouses hungry for opportunities, and they are taking the 50-year view”, said Solomon.

    When Morocco liberalised its telecoms sector as part of reforms to stimulate private investment, France’s Vivendi acquired a stake in former monopoly Maroc Telecom.

    A joint venture of Spain’s Telefonica and Portugal Telecom also acquired a second Moroccan mobile network licence.

    But in March this year Tecom, controlled by the Dubai government, beat out Vivendi for a 35% stake in Tunisie Telecom.

    A few months later, industry watchers were taken aback when UAE firm Etisalat paid $2.9bn for a mobile network licence in Egypt, a price some analysts said was far above some valuations.

    The next big battle comes with the privatisation of Algérie Telecom, in which French firms, which have historical and language ties to Algeria, are likely to bid. The sale should take place by the end of next year, the company’s managing director said yesterday.

    Arab investors muscling into North Africa’s telecom markets

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    Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday urged Chinese companies to speed up the telecommunications cooperation between his country and China.

    "Time is pressing. We must accelerate the pace," said Bouteflika while visiting the Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

    Algeria hopes to establish long-time technical contact with Huawei, and further strengthen cooperation and exchanges in the field of telecommunications, said Bouteflika, adding his country is also willing to become a technological center of Huawei in North Africa as a Huawei training center is to be established by the end of this year in Algeria.

    Ren Zhengfei, president of Huawei, said his company has become one of the main providers for the telecommunications market in Africa. Huawei sold 1.35 billion U.S. dollars of products in Africa last year and has so far trained more than 3,000 technical experts for the continent.

    Algeria calls for more telecommunications cooperation with China

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    Algerie Telecom, Mobilis and Nedjma have announced they are to offer their support in organising the most important Telecommunications show in Algeria and the Maghreb between 19 and 22 November. The international Telecommunications and Information Technologies Show is expected to be organised in collaboration with Fair-trade in the Exhibitions Place, according to a communiqué issued by specialised Djezzy AT agency. Various groups specialised in all equipments relating to digital services and new information technologies are to partake in the show, which is to be the biggest gathering of professionals and an opportunity to display the latest inventions in the field of wire and mobile phone, internet and networks. The organizers are expecting the number of professional visitors to reach 10,000 in addition to other visitors.

    Djezzy, Mobilis and Nedjma mobile phone operators as well as wire telephone operator Algérie Telecom in addition to Internet Provider Ipad have been allocated large exhibition spaces. Moreover many foreign operators will take part, namely the French Monaco Diphona, Fojisti Siemens, Soracom, Sodialic, X-net as well as famous companies such as the Swedish Erickson, the French Alcatel, the Chinese Highway, the North American Nortel and the Chinese ZTU in addition to France Telecom and Thuraya.

    The most important telecommunications show to be organised in Algeria

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    ALGIERS, Nov 17 (KUNA) -- Managing Director, Executive Chairman of the Kuwait Projects Company (holding) and Chairman of the Wataniya Telecom Company Faisal Al-Ayyar said that Wataniya, Algeria branch, has succeeded in collecting nearly two million customers.

    Al-Ayyar told KUNA that the success of the company's branch in Algeria "has prompted us to come to Algeria and consider investing in other sectors such as hotels and tourism." He said that his company has so far invested nearly USD one billion since establishment of its mobile telecommunications service of the Algeria branch (Star) since August 2004.

    He said that Algeria was a promising investment atmosphere considering the success achieved by the company through the "Algeria Star" service.

    "We have been keen in Algeria to construct a mobile telecommunications network that meets all international standards and to become a significant supporting factor for the enhancement of the Algerian business society in Algeria," he added.

    Al-Ayyar pointed out that the company has been able to attract 1.9 million subscribers in a two-year period; a figure he said "was far from our ambition." He added that he was satisfied about the company's achievement in Algeria despite the fierce competition in the telecommunications sector here.

    "Algeria Star" mobile service in Algeria successful - Wataniya official

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