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[November 26, 2012]

AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, telecommunications briefs

Nov 26, 2012 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- REGULATOR SUSPENDS SALE OF MOBILY PRE-PAID SIM CARDS: Saudi Arabia's second-largest telecoms operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has announced it has been suspended from selling pre-paid SIM cards by the industry regulator, Reuters has reported. The suspension by the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is to remain halted until the company "fully meets the prepaid service provisioning requirements," the firm said. According to the requirements, all pre-paid SIM users must enter a personal identification number when recharging their accounts and that this number must be the same as the one registered with their mobile operator when the SIM card was bought. Mobily said the financial impact of the CITC's decision would be "insignificant," claiming data, corporate and post-paid revenues would meet its main growth drivers.

1.8BN 'UNCONNECTED' USERS TO BE TARGETED BY MOBILE INDUSTRY BY 2017: According to a research by Wireless Intelligence, the global mobile industry has the opportunity to target an additional 1.8 billion 'unconnected' people over the next five years. The report said there will be a total 'addressable' mobile subscriber base of around five billion people by 2017, up from about 4.7 billion this year. More than one in two people worldwide is forecast to have subscribed to a mobile service in five years as subscriber penetration climbs to 53 percent in 2017, up from 45 percent in 2012, the report said.

JUDGE ORDERS APPLE TO REVEAL TERMS OF HTC PATENT DEAL TO SAMSUNG: A US judge has ordered Apple Inc. to reveal how much money its getting from HTC in a patent settlement to Samsung, the Guardian has reported. Apple settled all patent litigation with HTC two weeks ago, and entered into a ten-year licensing agreement the terms of which were never disclosed. Only Samsung and Apple's lawyer, as part of arguments before Judge Lucy Koh in its post-trial arguments, after Apple was awarded a billion-dollar judgement against Samsung over infringement of some of Apple's design and interaction patents.

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