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Telecom Blooms in the Middle EastTelecom Blooms in the Middle East

Our look at the 15-country region profiles the ownership and services of nearly 60 carriers

Phil Harvey

December 19, 2007

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Telecom Blooms in the Middle East

Need a broadband hookup in Bahrain? How 'bout a leased line in Lebanon?

Yes, the Middle East is a land of opportunity for many equipment vendors and that's not about to change in the next few years. Heck, we already know that the region's wireless operators boast some of the highest revenues per user on Earth, making the expansion of coverage and services all the more likely. (See Top Ten: Emerging Markets Carriers.)

To put a big figure on it, one researcher predicts that the six oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are likely to pour as much as $375 billion into the expansion of telecom and related infrastructure in the next 10 years. And a lot of that investment will be put to work in areas outside each nation's traditional territory.

Example: In November, fixed line operator Omantel made its first investment outside Oman by taking a 60 percent stake in WorldCall Communications Pakistan for the princely sum of $185.6 million.

Such details on the money, majesty, and momentum of the Middle East carriers are available now, for free, in Light Reading's spanking new report, Who Does What: Middle East Carriers. The report takes readers on a 15-country tour of the Middle East, detailing the spending, services, and ownership stakes in nearly 60 of the region's biggest telecom operators -- all without first requiring that you become a partner at The Carlyle Group.

There's even a handy chart -- right here -- that brings together a good deal of information on each region.


— Phil Harvey, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the unsung technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000. After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing one-off columns about everything from supercomputing startups to nanotech discoveries. Those columns aged about as well as an open carton of milk on hell's front porch.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same thing. His work can be seen by opening one of the dozen dusty shoe boxes in his attic and bedroom closet. "Don't wake up the gray cat," is his advice to art curators of the future.

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