Chronology: Information Technology

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Chronology: Information Technology


2000

Apr. 17: Sweden-based Ericsson announced that it had been chosen to expand Iran's national mobile telephone network from 400,000 to 1.1 million lines. [4/28 MEED)

Apr. 18: The Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi Telecommunications Company had proposed halving connection charges for cellular lines throughout the country. The measure was to take effect on 1 May. [4/28 MEED]

Apr. 28: The London-based Middle East Economic Digest reported that Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had awarded US-based Motorola a $16 million contract to expand the country's global system for mobiles (GSM) network. [4/28 MEED]

May 1: Officials from the US-based Intel Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductors and computer chips, opened talks with Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Shohet on a potential $3 billion expansion of Intel's chip factory in Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel. [5/2 FT, WSJ, 5/12 MEED] May 5: Middle East Economic Digest reported that London-based Middle East Broadcasting Company (MBC), the first Arabic-language satellite channel, had relaunched its broadcasting service. [515 MEED]

Middle East Economic Digest reported that Egypt's Orascom Telecom had purchased a 27 percent stake in Pakistan Mobile Communications, the local cellular operator, and agreed, as part of the deal, to spend $50 million in developing its network. …

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