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Google builds own undersea internet cable

Posted by Yaser on February 26, 2008

A group of six international companies, including Google Inc. of the U.S., is building a $300 million underwater fiber-optic cable linking the United States and Japan. The 6,200-mile trans-Pacific broadband cable system called Unity will respond to the expected growth in data and Internet traffic between Asia and the U.S., the companies said in a statement Monday. A signing ceremony was held Feb. 23, they said. Besides U.S. Internet search company Google Inc., the Unity consortium includes Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s leading integrated telecom services provider, and Japanese telecommunications company KDDI Corp.The others are Malaysian Internet company Global Transit; Pacnet, a telecom company headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore; and SingTel, a leading Asian communications and mobile company. NEC Corp. and Tyco Telecommunications are suppliers for the project, set to be up and running in the first quarter of 2010. Construction begins immediately, according to the consortium. The cable is expected to initially increase trans-Pacific fiber-optic capacity by about 20 percent, with the potential to add additional bandwidth, the companies said. It will connect Chikura, near Tokyo, with Los Angeles and other U.S. West Coast points, and the system will connect to other Asian cable systems via Chikura, they said. I guess they simply had to do something like this as YouTube continues to grow and consume more and more bandwidth…

Source: AP


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Information Technology Report Saudi Arabia

Posted by Yaser on February 26, 2008

Executive Summary

Summary of It’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering Information technology, regulatory changes, major investments and projects, and significant multinational and national company developments.

Regional Overview

Cross-border analysis of regional markets, commenting on IT penetration (PC and internet) and market growth drivers (IT market size and IT market compound growth).

Market Overview

Structure, size and value of industry sector; overview of industry landscape and key players; assessment of business operating environment and latest regulatory developments.

It 5-Year Industry Forecast

Historic data series and 5-year forecasts to end-2012 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.
IT industry value (US$bn); IT sector contribution to GDP (%); value of hardware, software and services industry (US$mn); PC, peripherals and software imports and exports (US$mn); PC, peripherals and software sales (US$mn); number of PCs (‘000); PCs/ 100 inhabitants; internet users (‘000); internet users per 100 inhabitants; broadband subscribers (‘000); broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

It 5-Year Macroeconomic Forecast

It forecasts for all headline macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Competitive Landscape & Profiles

Company profiles, including SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses, business activity, leading products and services.

Executive Summary

Saudi Arabia’s computer market demonstrated strong growth in Q107 driven by falling prices and growing demand for notebooks. For many vendors Saudi is clearly the most important market in the region and most recorded significant sales growth in 2006. Overall, the value of the Saudi Arabian IT market is estimated to have reached US$2.5bn in 2006 and is expected to rise to US$3.9bn by 2011, representing a CAGR of 9%. High oil prices have been stimulating increased spending on IT products and services by government as well as in sectors such as manufacturing and transport. Going forward, telecommunications liberalisation, a push for broadband, and government spending programmes on IT in Education and other areas should reinforce the potential of the market. The government has recently announced some US$32bn of infrastructure projects in Riyadh area, including construction of an Information Technology park. Although some distributors are tipping Egypt to overtake Saudi Arabia this year in terms of computer sales, a number of factors should mean continued strong momentum for the Saudi Arabian IT market. Strong growth in sales of both computers and associated services is being driven by high oil prices and substantial budgets allocated for e-government infrastructure development.

In the enterprise sector, smaller companies are realising the opportunities to apply IT to achieve efficiencies in such areas as finance and logistics as well as marketing and other functions.

The context is a business environment that is becoming increasingly competitive and open, as the country became a membership. Particularly significant is the planned further liberalisation of the telecoms sector, with new fixed-line and mobile licences expected to be awarded in 2007. In terms of PC and notebook sales, the market was the largest in the region in volume sales in 2006, but in the past year demand for IT services, including outsourcing, has also shown a strong growth trend. A growing number of companies in the telecoms and other sectors are looking to contract-out functions that they previously kept in-house.

With annual per-capita expenditure on IT reaching US$330, and Saudi Arabia continuing to account for around 40% of IT spending in the Middle East region in 2006, the market looms large in the regional calculations of multinational IT companies. Youthful population demographics, a regional economic boom fuelled by high oil prices and a buoyant real estate sector, and specific factors such as the growing popularity of e-banking will all drive growth.

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Third Undersea Internet Cable Cut in Middle East

Posted by Yaser on February 2, 2008

An undersea cable carrying Internet traffic was cut off the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, officials said Friday, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days. Ships have been dispatched to repair two undersea cables damaged on Wednesday off Egypt. Some politics said that this is not a coincidental. This must be a strategic plan of Israel to stop people and the blogsphere from telecommunicating  and writing about Israel crimes and what’s happening to the people in Gaza, Palastine. more at

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Internet slowdowns in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, cables cut

Posted by Yaser on February 2, 2008

Two undersea telecommunication cables were cut on Tuesday evening, knocking out Internet access to much of Egypt, disrupting the world’s back office in India and slowing down service for some Verizon customers. One cable was damaged near Alexandria, Egypt, and the other in the waters off Marseille, France, telecommunications operators said. The two cables, which are separately managed and operated, were damaged within hours of each other. Damage to undersea cables, while rare, can result from movement of geologic faults or possibly from the dragging anchor of a ship. Hundreds of undersea cables often owned and managed by international consortiums keep telecommunications running worldwide. A surge in phones and Internet connections in Asia and to new financial hubs like Dubai has increased traffic on many of these cables.Most disrupted communications were quickly rerouted through other cables. “Some of our customers were impacted” by the damaged cables on Wednesday morning until the company rerouted traffic, said Linda Laughlin, a spokeswoman for Verizon. The company is building a trans-Pacific cable from Oregon to China, South Korea and Taiwan because it needs more capacity in Asia, she said. A trade group in India estimated that roughly 60 percent of the country’s Internet users were affected, but many large companies switched quickly to backup plans, and business was not significantly disrupted. One of the affected cables stretches from France through the Mediterranean and Red Seas, then around India to Singapore. Known as Sea Me We 4, the cable is owned by 16 telecommunications companies along its route. The second cable, known as the Flag (for Fiber-optic Link Around the Globe) System, runs from Britain to Japan. Similar accident happened last year when an underwater earthquake damaged many internet cables in Asia.

Source: NY Times

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Saudi Blogger Behind Bars

Posted by Yaser on January 3, 2008

Everybody might like to read and write about this one. The Saudis have put a blogger behind bars for being a tad critical of the House of Saud and the way Saudi is run. There is a website dedicated to his release and safe return to his family.

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Saudi Arabia sees e-service surge

Posted by Yaser on October 13, 2007

Saudi Arabia is rapidly catching up with the UAE and the rest of the world when it comes to accessing the internet and the good news doesn’t stop there. Greater online access has fuelled a revolution that extends across all areas including government services, e-commerce and personal use.

The number of internet users in the Kingdom has grown from 200,000 in 2000 to 4.8 million users by the end of 2006. By December 2006, internet penetration reached 20%, while the forecast for 2007 is 35%. Read the rest of this entry »

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Violators of Copyright to Be Fined Up to SR500,000

Posted by Yaser on February 18, 2006

JEDDAH, 18 February 2006 — Violators of the Kingdom’s copyright law have been warned of tough punishments, including fines up to SR500,000. Individuals engaged in abuse of intellectual property will be jailed for up to one year, according to Saeed Al-Ghamdi, director of the Culture and Information Ministry’s office in the Makkah region. Read the rest of this entry »

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