Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Information Technology

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Information Technology

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Oct. 15: Gen. Shaykh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Defense Minister, inaugurated MSN Arabia, which is a partnership between Microsoft Network (MSN) and, the largest private Internet service provider in the Arab World. The new service would provide fresh, customized content in English and Arabic languages, along with a host of leading MSN services. [10/16 BBC]

Oct. 17: Jordan's government amended ownership rights in the Labor Law, eliminating a major legal obstacle that stood in the way of new investments in the sector of information technology, enabling the country to attract new investors in the field of IT, multimedia, and software development. [ 10/ 17, WNC]

Oct. 29: Top officials in the sector of telecommunications in Algeria reported that one million requests for portable telephones would be satisfied by 2002. They also announced that Algerie Telecom would deal with all Internet access needs by 2003. [ 10/ 29, BBC]

Nov. 7: Iran's Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution ruled that the state alone could provide Internet connections. [11/07, BBC, WNC]

Nov. 23: A legislation passed by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution in Iran moved to prevent uncontrolled access to the Internet by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to use state-run telecommunications companies, which would forestall the use of independent satellite connections that provide a faster service, but allow access to undesirable material. [11/ 23, MEED]

Dec. 10: A report by the telecommunications consulting firm, Pyramid Research, showed that the Middle East and North Africa was the world's only region to be suffering from a bandwidth shortage problem, which causes congestion and slow connection times on Internet links. …

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