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Lightspeed’s response and other points

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I’ve had a good long chat with Shaikh Abdulla Al-Khalifa, the MD of Lightspeed this afternoon where he crossed some tees and dotted a few eyes. As one might expect, he was not forthcoming as far as the money aspects of the issues (overhead per customer, investment levels, margins, forecast number of customers) but he was adamant that with the backing of big operators like France Telecom, which majority owns Jordan Telecom which in turn majority …

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Unlimited ADSL packages have come to town

Finally, there is some movement as far as the internet connectivity is concerned. Lightspeed Communications, which is partly owned by Jordan Telecom, has announced unlimited ADSL packages for the home and office at cheaper rates than the current bandwidth-limited packages offered by Batelco; details of these packages are: [TABLE=18] If you go to their site’s tarriff page you will see a bright orange star next to the “promotional rate” but the page does not explain what …

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The Housing Problem

The topic du jure is housing. My friends Tawfiq Al-Rayyash is livid that one of his ex-colleagues at Al-Wefaq political society has suggested that Bahrainis should go vertical – we should be content enough to live in flats rather than houses – but in the process, Tawfiq also shares with us some juicy details of the inner workings of Al-Wefaq! Mohammed Maskati is teed off too, but from the angle that the Ministry of Housing has …

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Support expectations

If one buys a car and it is clearly understood that it will be serviced at a cost, why should anyone expect that the garage is indebted to you unconditionally for the remainder of the life of the product free of charge? Even if that help is “just asking a question about a technical part of the engine?”Stupid situation isn’t it? People just simply fully understand and expect and are happy enough to pay to …

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Fishing, in numbers

People can’t really measure the impact of the fishing industry’s destruction in this country because they don’t particularly know the numbers, nor – most probably – do they have a direct contact with those affected to actually know the levels involved. Enter a report released today by the Oxford Business Group to put things in perspective:Bahrain is still a net exporter of seafood, with the overseas trade worth an estimated $1.35m in 2005, according to …

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Kudos GPIC too!

The GoodNews™ continues!GPIC arranged during the first half of this year attendance by its employees of several training courses in Bahrain and abroad, in addition to organising many courses at its Training Centre and GPIC Club, at a total cost of around $1m.In recognition of GPIC’s achievements for providing decent living conditions for its employees and efforts to improve their living conditions, the company recently received the Dubai International Awards for Best Practices in …

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Kudos Batelco

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Batelco donate donates millions of dinars each year to a variety of community causes. Since the beginning of the year, it has contributed over BD3m to various projects which include BD100,000 to Al Rahma Centre, BD450,000 to Al Noor Charity Association, BD800,000 to support Batelco Care Centre for Family Violence Cases and BD700,000 to complete its commitment, totaling BD1.5m, to the King Hamad Schools of the Future project. “Batelco is more than pleased to continue offering …

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Mine is bigger!

The race for the tallest building has never abated, I don’t think, since man started building abodes, but now it is just getting silly: But Burj Dubai may not hold the record for long. Another Dubai skyscraper, Al Burj, is slated to begin this year with a rumoured height of 1.2 kilometres. More tentatively, two other kilometre-tall towers are planned in the region: the 1001-metre Mubarak al-Kabeer in Kuwait and a 1022-metre tower in Manama, Bahrain. …

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Young Bahraini Entrepreneurs

Guys, can you suggest some names of young Bahraini entrepreneurs that I might interview? I would appreciate it if you would provide me their contact details if you don’t mind too, if you don’t, then a name and why you would nominate a person should be enough for me to start my research. The targets whom I require should be between 18 – 40 and own their own successful businesses, both young men and women are …

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Tiësto who?

Shady outfits can damage a country’s reputation faster and more thoroughly than almost anything else, especially if it a promised top-rating event, tickets sold and people arrive from all over the Gulf specifically for that event end up being shafted.Tickets were sold by someone called Ayman Al-Hamad who supposedly owns an outfit called B&D Entertainment and roped a lot of people in selling tickets to be part of DJ Tiësto‘s show in Bahrain. I don’t …

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