Middle East Draws ATCi, Zain, i2Telecom for Mobile Telephony

By Michael Dinan July 21, 2008
In a sign of how opportunities for mobile telephony are opening in the Middle East, a Chandler, Arizona-based company that provides commercial satellite systems says it’s marking one year of advanced cell operations with Mobile Telecommunications Company, now known as Zain Group.
MTC, or MTC-Vodafone as it’s still known in some countries, is a mobile operator that has more than 3.4 million customers in the Middle East, and offers on-the-go telephony services in Kuwait.
Officials with Antenna Technology Communications Inc. say that Zain’s vision for vision for providing dependable high quality mobile services is making a positive difference in the nations in serves, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
“Conceivably, Zain’s caring ability to work honestly and reasonably with integration companies such as ATCi formulates the teaming required to provide vital communications services to one of the most precarious countries in the world,” said Gary Hatch, ATCi’s chief executive officer.
Along with Intelsat’s global satellite fleet over the Middle East, company officials say, for over a year, ATCi has completed GSM services from principally Iraq to anywhere in the world. Company officials say that through this system, Zain can use their next-generation network infrastructure to provide profitable services.
ATCi officials say they’re in the process of implementing additional cost-effective GSM backhaul systems which are being implemented throughout the Middle East and Africa over the upcoming years.
The Middle East is a region that’s drawing plenty of attention from mobile telecom companies.
Today, an Atlanta-based VoIP products and services developer today announced that it’s joining a Kuwaiti businessman in an effort to expand its business internationally.
Officails from i2Telecom International, Inc. say that Raed A. H. Rajab will provide $9 million in marketing and operations funding over the next year in order to introduce its flagship product – “MyGlobalTalk,” which brings Internet telephony to cell phone users regardless of their carrier, device manufacturer or plan – to new markets.
The mobile VoIP solution recently was “Internet Telephony” magazine’s “Product of the Year 2007.”
Presumably, since Rajab is based in the United Arab Emirates and i2Telecom officials say they’re relying on established sales channels, the company is eyeing the Middle East region.
The company’s chief executive officer, Paul Arena, said the company was “pleased” to select Rajab as a telecom partner “in this rapidly developing region of the world.”
“We believe that our ongoing success in the international marketplace reflects not only the fundamental economic benefits of mobile VoIP, but also the added value of our intellectual property,” Arena said. “Working with such successful businessmen as Mr. Rajab in these growing markets, we will provide significant cost savings and improved communications capabilities to the customers and employees of organizations around the world.”
Michael Dinan is a TMCNet Editor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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