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Saudi Ara­bia’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion reg­u­la­tor has awarded Zain’s Mo­bile Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion unit, known as Zain Saudi, with a 15-year uni­fied li­cence to op­er­ate in the King­dom.

The deal means that the govern­ment is en­ti­tled to 5% of the an­nual net in­come of Mo­bile Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion for the du­ra­tion of the li­cence, the reg­u­la­tor said.

Saudi Telecom is the only car­rier with a uni­fied li­cence, which al­lows the com­pany to pro­vide mo­bile phone, lan­d­line, and in­ter­net ser­vices. The reg­u­la­tor has made the same of­fer to Saudi Telecom., Eti­had Eti­salat., and Eti­had Atheeb Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

In other re­gional news, the Zain Group an­nounced its fully owned global ser­vices sub­sidiary, Mada Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, has been granted Mi­crosoft Azure Ex­press­route pro­gramme sta­tus. This per­mits Zain to de­liver in­no­va­tive Mi­crosoft soft­ware and cloud ex­pe­ri­ences to en­ter­prises across its ex­pan­sive IP/ MPLS net­work.

Zain Group’s Henri Kassab, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional whole­sale and roam­ing, said: “Our net­work ranks among the largest in­ter­net/data providers in the Mid­dle East with more than 760Gbps peak traf­fic. Hence we are en­thu­si­as­tic about the en­hanced con­ve­nience, con­nec­tiv­ity and prod­uct port­fo­lio we will be of­fer­ing cus­tomers by our in­clu­sion into the Ex­press­route pro­gramme.”

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