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Qtel Group shakes hands with Skype PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 February 2011 15:58

The Qtel Group has signed a commercial agreement with Skype to promote the company and its related products over Qtel's mobile broadband subsidiary wi-tribe in Jordan and the Philippines.

Under the agreement wi-tribe, a provider of wireless broadband internet, will enable customers to download Skype software.

"The Qtel Group's strategy for innovation is driven by the needs of our customers, and enabled by partnerships with like-minded companies. We recognise the changes taking place in the market and the increasing customer demand for rich communications solutions, and so have decided to partner with Skype - one of the pioneers in the industry. This is a first-of-its-kind in our Middle East region and we look forward to working closely with Skype to deliver the best possible customer experience," said Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Qtel.

Skype had 145 million average monthly connected users as of December 31st 2010, according to according to TeleGeography in January 2011. The company says that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes in 2010 were equivalent to approximately 20% of total global international PSTN and Skype-to-Skype calling minutes.

By: ITP.Net

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 13:41
 
Qtel Announces Partnership with Skype PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:08

Doha, February 15 (QNA) - The Qtel Group announced on Tuesday a commercial agreement with Skype, whereby its mobile broadband subsidiary wi-tribe, will promote Skype and its related products over wi-tribe s networks in Jordan and the Philippines; two key markets for wi-tribe.


Under the agreement, wi-tribe; a provider of wireless broadband Internet, will enable customers in the respective markets to easily download Skype software and connect with their family and friends, Qtel said in a press release.


Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Qtel, commented: "The Qtel Group s strategy for innovation is driven by the needs of our customers, and enabled by partnerships with like-minded companies. We recognise the changes taking place in the market and the increasing customer demand for rich communications solutions, and so have decided to partner with Skype - one of the pioneers in the industry.


This is a first-of-its-kind in our Middle East region and we look forward to working closely with Skype to deliver the best possible customer experience." Skype had 145 million average monthly connected users for the three months ended 31 December 2010 and according to TeleGeography in January 2011, Skype-to-Skype calling minutes in 2010 were equivalent to approximately 20% of total global international PSTN and Skype-to-Skype calling minutes.


With today s partnership announcement, more users in the Middle-Eastern and Asian regions will enjoy easy accessibility to popular Skype features such as free Skype-to-Skype calls, instant messaging, low cost calls to landlines and mobiles as well as the recently launched Group Video Calling.


"We re very excited to be working with the Qtel Group and wi-tribe," commented Russ Shaw, Vice President and General Manager for Mobile, Skype. "wi-tribe is a high performance wireless Internet experience with a customer centric approach, much like Skype.


We believe that Skype and service-providers can complement each other to bring greater value for consumers   and have seen successful examples of this around the world. We look forward to working closely with the Qtel Group to progress the wi-tribe partnership and support the growth of the Internet ecosystem within the Middle-Eastern and Asian regions." To kick off the partnership, Skype and wi-tribe will distribute Skype credit vouchers for customers in the Philippines and in Jordan.


These vouchers will enable customers to enjoy free calls to landlines and mobiles over Skype using the wi-tribe mobile broadband network.

BY: QNA

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2011 16:41
 
Security agencies deny website attack as Ammon takes case to Parliament PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 10:50
AMMAN - The Ammon News Agency on Tuesday reiterated claims that its website was tampered with and taken offline by security agencies, as an official source refuted the allegations.

During a meeting with the Lower House National Guidance Committee yesterday, Ammon staff said their website came under attack on Monday, one day after it published a statement signed by 36 persons claiming to represent tribes, warning against the dangers of developments in the Kingdom if serious reforms are not realised.

Basil Okour, co-founder of Ammon News, said that after editing the statement, Ammon published the item on Sunday on the grounds of “the right to know”.

The website was then hacked into briefly on Sunday, while on Monday a second attack took it offline for several hours, according to Ammon.

“The hacker cleared all of the website’s contents and accessed the editorial team’s e-mail accounts,” Okour told deputies.

Speaking on behalf of deputies, MP Jamil Nimri (Irbid, Second District), said: “We denounce the hacking and will follow up on the incident and support the freedom of news websites.”

“It has been technically proven that a Jordanian security agency is behind the hacking of the website,” Okour said, dismissing claims that Jordanians living in Australia carried out the attack.

But an unnamed official source yesterday refuted allegations that security bodies were responsible for tampering with the website.

“All media outlets accusing security agencies of the hacking have not provided any evidence,” the Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted the official as saying.

In a statement to Petra, the source said security bodies have not received an official complaint regarding the matter, adding that they will investigate the issue if requested.

Jordan is a country of law and institutions that is committed to safeguarding citizens’ rights and implementing the law equally, the source said, affirming that Jordan has always respected the law and respected the freedom of media.”

By: Jordan Times
 
Yadonia Group signs agreement with Main Street PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 10:49
Yadonia Group, an Arab group specialised in websites design and hosting, signed a strategic bilateral agreement with Main Street by which the later manages Yadonia media communications.As per the agreement, Main Street will employ its experience in creating strategic communication plan for the group, aiming to shed light on their businesses, advance its marketing potentials, and promoting the group’s comprehensive technical services including e-payment systems and shopping portals, in addition to offering designing, hosting, and security system solutions, helping commercial portals to sell and buy online. Yadonia Group CEO, Ala'a Abu Maizer, said: “This agreement falls within our endeavours to offer comprehensive online services starting from developing and hosting websites, CRM support, and e-commerce. Websites need such services to offer buy and sell services online.” On the other hand, Main Street Managing Partner Enas Shaalan praised Yadonia's role and capability in modernising commercial portals, expressing her satisfaction with the agreement.

By: Jordan Times
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:35
 
Seizure of Taameer’s assets will not affect bourse - experts PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 13:17
AMMAN - Experts on Monday played down the impact of precautionary seizure of Taameer Jordan Holdings movable and immovable assets on Amman bourse.

However, they said the seizure of the company's properties sent a "very negative" signal to investors at a time the bourse is already affected by the unrest in Egypt.

On Sunday, Taameer Jordan Holdings, a real estate development company with a capital of about JD212 million, said it received a notification about the seizure by west Amman Court of First Instance. The court decided to impose a precautionary seizure on Taameer's assets after a former legal consultant at Taameer sued the company for outstanding dues worth of JD550,000 in return for legal services he provided to the company,

The company said in a disclosure on the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) website that the company has started taking legal measures to end the seizure.

The company added that the seizure will not affect the company's projects and work.

"The drop of the ASE index Monday has nothing to do with the news about Taameer because the case does not entail a large amount of money," Jawad Kharouf, president of the Association of Certified Capital Market Professionals, told The Jordan Times Monday.

According to a broker at the Amman bourse, about 1.135 million shares for Taameer company were offered for sale on Monday of which about 194,000 shares were offered for sale on limit down, which is the maximum allowed percentage for lower trading prices.

Kharouf, who urged for addressing the situation of financially-troubled companies in the ASE, said he expects more seizures on properties and assets of other companies during 2011 as long as the financial situation of such companies is not addressed.

"In 2010, we have seen seizure on assets of members of boards of companies and heavyweight investors and now there is the seizure on Taameer, a public shareholding company. If no solution is found for stumbling companies, we will see more companies falling," Kharouf warned.

Economist Hosam Ayesh echoed similar remarks.

"Taameer was an engine for the Jordanian real estate sector and it has many projects. The news about the seizure of its movable and immovable properties certainly sends a negative message to investors," he said.

The economist, who expects more companies in 2011 to witness similar cases, said: "There are many companies that emerged during the boom in Amman bourse. These companies were not created based on well-planned studies and therefore such companies are most likely to suffer."

The experts added that the Amman bourse is already impacted by the unrest in Egypt, adding that "anxiety" exists among investors.

The political and economic conditions in the region are not stable and this is a main factor that contributes to the decline in Amman bourse," Kharouf said.

A broker, who preferred anonymity, said Monday "I have received tens of orders to sell Taameer shares at any price available. No one was buying the shares and overwhelming majority of those who wanted to sell are small investors who are always affected by any news or rumours they hear."

On Monday, the share price index closed at 2,398.15 points, dropping by 0.61 per cent.

Out of 154 companies trade, the share prices of 42 companies rose and the share prices of 74 declined, accoridng to the ASE website.

According to ASE daily report, the top five gainers were the Union Tobacco & Cigarette Industries by 4.88 per cent, Al Barakah Takaful Co. Ltd. by 4.76 per cent, Alshamekha For Realestate And Financial Investments by 4.74 per cent, Arab Electrical Industries by 4.65 per cent and Ihdathiat Co-ordinates by 4.63 per cent. The top five losers were Arab Orient Insurance Company by 5 per cent, Jordan French Insurance by 5 per cent, United Arab Investors by 5 per cent, The Investors And Eastern Arab For Industrial And Real Estate Investments by 4.92 per cent and Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank by 4.84 per cent.

By: Jordan Times
 


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