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 [12-05-2013] : Modifying Riyadh Region Zone Code (01) to (011)

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announces that starting on Monday, May 13, 2013, the Riyadh region zone code (01) will be modified to (011).
Both the old and new zone codes will be working in parallel for four weeks from the date of conversion. After that, only the new zone code will work. When dialing the old zone code after the conversion, a recorded message will be heard in Arabic and English, informing the caller about the change.
This change is carried out in phases. On Monday May 13, 2013, the Riyadh geographic area will be in the first stage of the conversion. On Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, this change will be applied to all other geographic areas of the Kingdom. For more information, please visit the CITC website: www.citc.gov.sa For inquiries on changing the zone codes for fixed lines in Saudi Arabia, please send your inquiry to this email: ask.numbering@citc.gov.sa

 [04-05-2013] : Questions and answers on the modification of the Dialing Codes for landlines in Saudi Arabia

Adding number (1) after zero to the geographic zone codes in KSA One more digit, the number (1), will be added to the six geographic zone codes in the Kingdom. All land line numbers in the Kingdom will be modified by adding the digit (1) after the zero in the current zone codes. The zone codes 01, 02, 03, 04, 06 and 07 will become 011, 012, 013, 014, 016 and 017; for example, Riyadh 011 425 xxx5, Jeddah 012 278 xxx5, etc.
This change will be carried out in phases rather than all at once. On Monday, May 13, 2013, the Riyadh geographic area will be the first stage of the conversion.
On Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, the change will be applied to all other geographic areas of the Kingdom. The change experienced by subscribers will be limited to adding one digit to the six geographic zone codes.
Adding this digit will change only the method of dialing to land line numbers outside the local calling area. It is important to note that this change will not include the method of dialing among fixed lines within the same city, which will remain as it is now.
However, when dialing from mobiles to fixed lines, the new digit will have to be added.
Also, the digit will have to be added when calling from outside Saudi Arabia into the Kingdom.
Among the most important reasons for this change is the need to increase the range of numbers available for public mobile communications services, as well as for fixed services, and to contribute to the ability to introduce new services and to adopt new technologies and applications.
In addition, this change will enhance the ability of the National Numbering Plan to accommodate new developments in services and growth in the number of subscriptions and users.
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 [25-04-2011] : GO Telecom announces new renewal offer

"GO" Telecom announced its latest renewal offer for current customers, which includes up to 20% Discount and free months for all Home Broadband and Voice packages. Customers can renew their subscription and benefit from the offer and continue enjoying the high quality nomadic Broadband Internet with real speeds and Voice services that can be accessed anywhere within GO Telecom network, without the need for monthly fees or the need to change the Voice service number in case of relocation. Customers can renew their subscription through the company website www.go.com.sa or toll free number 08111011180 via Credit Card or SADAD or through our sales outlets in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Yanbu, Khamis Mushait, Abha, Dammam, Khubar, Dhahran, Hufuf, and Qatif.

 [16-04-2011] : Shareholders approved the Continuance of "GO" Majority votes of 99.9% of Shareholders

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" (Tadawul: Atheeb Telecom) announced that the Extraordinary General Assembly of its shareholders approved the Continuance of the company and authorized the Board of Directors to carry out all actions necessary to do so The Extraordinary General Assembly held this evening, Saturday April 16, 2011, at the company's headquarters in Riyadh.
The total number of attended and represented shareholders at the assembly was (65,865,132 votes) representing 65.81% of the total capital shares, and the percentage of electronic votes through the new service namely "tadawulaty" was 1.80% of total votes. a Majority of 99.9% of shareholders voted to continue, while 1110 shareholders abstained from voting.
Thus the company will continue to operate and provide 4th Generation (4G) Broadband Data and Voice services to consumer and business sectors. The company will also expand its operation by opening more branches in major cities.

 [21-02-2011] : GO offers free calls for all its customers for 3 months in celebration of the King’s return

In celebration of the return of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, “GO” offers free voice calls within its network for all Home Broadband and Business Subscribers for a period of three (3) months. Eng. Zaid Alshabanat, the Chief Executive Officer of GO Telecom sated: “We are all eagerly anticipating the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz’s safe return to the homeland, and on this auspicious occasion we are glad to offer free calls to all our Home and Business subscribers for a period of three (3) months as a gesture of adoration and elation in his safe return home”.

 [15-02-2011] : Etihad Atheeb Telecom Files Lawsuit against Saudi Telecom Company “STC”

GO Telecom has filed a lawsuit on February 14, 2011 against the Saudi Telecom Company “STC” before Diwan Al Madhalim, The suit seeks to compel “STC” to enable international traffic termination from the company’s network through STC’s network to the end user, and enable outgoing calls from its network to GO telecom toll-free (800) numbers.
The suit has been filed by Etihad Atheeb Telecom due to STC’s violation of Telecommunications Laws & Regulations, and to prevent market monopoly, which led to depriving Etihad Atheeb Telecom of substantial revenues and consequently caused the company's financial losses which have been announced earlier.
Etihad Atheeb Telecom holds a Fixed Telecommunications license on the basis of Royal Decree No. M / 6 dated of 19.02.1429 , which includes the operation of an international gateway allowing the company to receive incoming international calls from any telecommunications operator in the world and deliver outgoing international calls to customers inside the Kingdom, regardless of the customers’ service provider. Conversely, STC refuses to transit international calls routed to its customers through any gateways not owned by them, thus monopolizing access to those customers. The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) issued a decision dated 08/27/1430 AH demanding STC to allow call conveyance by other licensed operators in the kingdom, but STC refused to conform to their decision.
On the other hand, in an act of monopoly of the national fixed Telecommunications network that was inherited by STC after the decision to privatize the telecommunications sector, STC continues to monopolize the provision of prepaid calling cards (Hala), and refuses to allow its customers to make calls via similar services offered by Etihad Atheeb Telecom that is licensed to provide fixed services. The national fixed Telecommunications network is a vital facility according to the Saudi Telecommunications laws and regulations, the dominant operator in any country has no right to monopolize it and prevent other operators from gaining access to it. The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) had commented at various occasions on the susceptibility of the regulatory system and need for regulatory amendments to create an environment better suited for fair competition, Therefore, as part of the Board of Directors’ commitment to preserve the rights of shareholders and the interests of the company, the company’s conviction in the justice of Saudi Legal System, and in rejection of regulatory violations and market monopoly, the company has filed a suit to claim all the rights acquired through its license as the second fixed line operator in the kingdom.

 [27-01-2011] : “GO” offers 8 days of free calls for all its customers

In a gesture of support for the people of the city of Jeddah, “GO” Telecom offers free calls within “GO” network for all its customers for a period of 8 days, starting from Thursday to next Thursday, February 3 .
Free calls in inclusive of the Broadband Voice service and the Digital calling service Terhal.

 [17-01-2011] :  GO launches “Terhal Business”

Following the launch of the digital calling service “GO Terhal” which introduced the revolutionary concept of Cloud Telecommunications for the first time in Saudi Arabia and the great demand this product has gained from a wide range of customers that are striving to reduce their costs, GO Telecom now offers “Terhal Business” service.
“Terhal Business” is designed to cater to the needs of various business sectors and contributes to efficient business development. Based on the Cloud Telecommunications technology “Terhal Business” provides integrated business solutions that are customizable regardless of the size of the business, thus guaranteeing a smooth flow of business for its customers at reduced operational expenses.
On “Terhal Business”, Eng. Suliman AlZahrani, Chief Commercial Officer of GO Telecom stated: “In light of the dynamic growth of the Kingdom’s business sector, GO Telecom provided the digital calling service “Terhal Business”, an integrated solution designed to suit the needs of businesses irrespective of the business size, location, or number of branches. The cloud telecommunication technology “Terhal Business” not only ensures effective communication and business performance within the organization but allows our clients to manage business operations from anywhere in the world with its Value Added Services such as E-mail, Contact list, File sharing and Calendar”.

 [11-12-2010] :  “GO” launches its digital voice product “GO Terhal”

GO Telecom revealed its latest digital voice product namely “GO Terhal” introducing a revolutionary concept for the first time in Saudi Arabia. “GO Terhal” provides a range of unique features starting with the ability to transform any smart device (iPod Touch, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy Tab) to a phone device to make local and international calls and receive calls free of charge, with a special number from GO starting with 08111. To read the complete news , Click Here.

 [06-12-2010] :  GO “Cloud teleco” Sponsors the Kingdom Women In leadership Forum 2010

In line with the efforts taken by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to endorse women’s active participation in the Saudi labor market. “GO” Telecom is the Official Could Telecom Sponsor the Kingdom Women In leadership Forum 2010, which will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Lolwa Al-Faisal, Vice Chair of Board of Trustees and General Supervisor of Effat University, from Tuesday, December 7th to Wednesday, December 8th , at Park Hayat Hotel in Jeddah.
During the accompanying exhibition, GO Telecom will be showcasing “Baria’a”, the first package dedicated for female entrepreneurs and business women, in addition to a live demonstration of the company’s latest voice service, the Digital Calling Service “GO Terhal”.
On GO Telecom’s participation at the forum, Eng. Raed Kayal, acting chief executive and Keynote speaker stated: “ We are committed to participate and be present at the Women In leadership Forum 2010 as the Cloud Telecom Sponsor to communities the company’s message, we believe in the importance of promoting women’s advancement and reinforcing women’s right to work in an environment which conforms with our Shari'a and the directives of Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. As we understand the positive role of women’s participation in the labor market on creating a dynamic national economy, GO Telecom has created an equal opportunity for women to occupy vital roles in various departments of the company, and we will be showcasing the latest products and services from GO at the exhibition In support our goal of changing through technology.”

 [20-10-2010] :  Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” announces second quarter results

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” (TASI symbol: 7040 Atheeb Telecom) announced the initial financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2010. GO was able to reduce the net loss for the second quarter by 9% to SR 146.3 million compared to the previous quarter, while income had risen by 10.9% compared to the previous quarter to SR 46.8 million.
Eng. Raed Kayal, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” stated: “The initial financial results for the second quarter reflect a significant improvement in both operational performance and operational income, “GO” was able to minimize operational expenses and net loss by 9% compared to the previous quarter, and increase services income by 11% compared to the previous quarter, this increase is the direct result of the company's success in raising its active subscribers base, particularly with Advanced Voice (Easy Phone) and Data services (Broadband Internet), and the launch of GO’s business packages, ( Baria ) - the first package of its kind designed for female entrepreneurs in the Saudi Arabia, and (GO Business). “GO” will continue its operational strategies with an emphasis on reducing operational costs and optimizing current assists.
Given the company’s exceptional infrastructure and advanced 4G wireless communications network, we expect a continues growth of the company’s active subscribers base, and new consumer and business products, also taking into consideration the Board of Directors’ recommendation to release a Rights Issue of 600 million Saudi Riyals after acquiring all regulatory approvals.
The company will continue its endeavor in cooperation with regulatory authorities to accelerate the implementation of Fair Competition policies in the Broadband and fixed Line market which would reflect positively on innovation and quality of service.”

 [18-10-2010] :  “GO” Telecom Participates in the Third Youth Business Exhibition

As an embodiment of the vision of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of Mekkah, and in Continuation of the national initiatives to support young entrepreneurs, The Third Youth Business Exhibition was launched today under the patronage of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah.
“GO” Telecom, the first Cloud Telecom in the Region, supported and participated at the exhibition to showcase its integrated business solutions designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, (GO Business), A package designed for businessmen and (Baria), the first package designed for female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.
According to the statistics from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah in 2008, Small office/ Home Office businesses represent over 85% of businesses in the Kingdom, and As a national telecom operator, “GO Telecom” aims to facilitate all challenges facing entrepreneurs by providing a comprehensive range of nomadic Broadband Internet and Voice solutions which help enterprises reduce operational costs and increase productivity, (GO Business) and (Baria) are plug & play solutions which require no installation and can be accessed anywhere within “GO” coverage, WiMAX technology allows entrepreneurs to manage daily commercial and financial transactions in an efficient and fixable manner in addition to other features which include boosted internet performance during peak business hours, reduced international rates and complementary voice credit. Customers wishing to subscribe to (GO Business and/or Baria) In Jeddah can visit “GO World” flagship located in Le Mall, Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz (Tahlia) street, or visit any of our branches in Arab Mall and Red Sea Mall, For more information visit our website www.go.com.sa or call toll-free number 8001111010.

 [11-10-2010] :  “GO” Registers Arabic Domain Names for Its Website

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO”, the first Cloud Telecom in the Region, announced today, registering and assigning the Arabic domain name (جو.السعودية) for the company website, for the first time in Saudi Arabia’s Internet history, Arabic speaking internet users can visit the site directly using their native language by typing (جو.السعودية) or (شركة-اتحاد-عذيب-للإتصالات.السعودية) directly into their web browser without the need to use English characters or search engines.  To read the complete news , Click Here.

 [10-10-2010] :  “GO” and “HDF” Sign Cooperation Agreement to Employ Saudi Cadres

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” and the Human Resources Development Fund (HDF) have jointly signed a cooperation agreement which Aims to support the training and recruitment of Saudi cadres up to 19% of the total number of current company employees. The agreement was signed by Mr. Nidal Al Obaidan, General Manager of Human Resources at Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO”, and Mr. Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Director of The Human Resources Development Fund Riyadh Branch. Mr. Nidal Al Obaidan, General Manager of Human Resources at Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” commented on the agreement stating : “This agreement between Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co.
“GO” and the Human Resources Development Fund (HDF) reinforces the company’s national responsibility and our dedication to solving the crisis of unemployment among young Saudi nationals and contributing to the localization of jobs in the field of Telecom and Information Technology, part of our strategy for Saudization, which currently exceeds 64% of company employees.” This joined agreement supports the main objectives of the Human Resources Development Fund (HDF) to and increase the recruitment rates of young men and women in the Telecom sector and enable competent young national cadres to compete in the private sector through specialized training and employment programs.

 [26-09-2010] :  “GO” offers “igo” service for 90 Halalas Daily "

In order to facilitate the internet connectivity needs of students with the beginning of the new academic year, “GO” Telecom offers “igo” (Personal Broadband Service) 1GB package at 90 Halalas daily, thus ensuring students are able to enjoy the internet on the move anywhere within “GO” WiMAX coverage.
The 4G “igo” service includes a plug & play USB modem, which transfers data over the company’s WiMAX network to ensure reliable performance, in addition to increased download capacity and monthly renewal fees of SAR 75. This offer emphasizes the company’s commitment to contribute to foundation of a knowledge society and aims to aid students gain access to highly reliable Broadband Internet services at a competitive price. Students and customers can subscribe to the service and pay in cash or via Credit Card or SADAD through any of our outlets in over 32 centers in (Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, and Madinah), or through our partners Jarir Bookstore, Extra, Obekan and others, via our website www.go.com.sa or via the toll-free numbers 08111011180.

 [19-09-2010] :  “GO” Ranked Amongst the Top 50 Brands in Saudi Arabia

In its report highlighting the Top 50 brands in Saudi Arabia, “Arabian Business” Economic magazine ranked “GO” Telecom as one of Top 50 brands in Saudi Arabia, an achievement to be added to the company’s record after only a year and a half of commercial operation as the first 4G Cloud Telecom in the region. Eng. Raed Kayal, Acting Chief Executive of Etihad Atheeb “GO” Telecom expressed his pleasure and appreciation for this achievement saying: ““GO” was successfully able to recognize the needs of both its consumer and business segment, and provide them with integrated nomadic Voice and Data solutions, the company was able to achieve a sufficient increase in its customer base in record time, in addition to the liberalization of fixed-line monopoly, thus significantly reshaping the future of telecommunications in the kingdom through the use of 4th generation technologies and the creation and provision of data and communication solutions on demand and specialized bundles such as Barea’a bundle for SOHO women.
All the achievements mentioned are merely steps in the right direction towards becoming the best 4G Telecom operator in the region.” “GO” Telecom WiMAX Coverages currently includes 11 cities in 5 regions across the kingdom (Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Yanbu, Dammam, Khobar, Abha, Khamis Mushayt, Qatif and Hofuf) and offers broadband voice services with numbers beginning with 08111 and broadband internet services.

 [24-08-2010] :  “GO” Launches the First Packages designed for SOHO Business Women

In an initiative by “GO” Telecom to meet the growing demands of business women and women entrepreneurs and contribute to creating a suitable work environment whether for through facilitating the establishment of t small office and home office commercial projects.  To read the complete news , Click Here.

 [13-07-2010] :  Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" Launches New Summer Bundle with Free Monthly Voice Credit

Etihad Atheeb Telecom CO. “GO”, the leading 4G Telecom operator in the kingdom, announced the launch of its nomadic 4G voice services for the first time in the kingdom, with highly competitive prices and new numbers beginning with (08-111).
The announcement came during a press conference held by the company this morning, the conference was attended by Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom CO. “GO” and a number of senior officials in addition to a number of reporters and journalists from various publications, where they tested the nomadic 4G voice service trough a live demonstration. Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co.
"GO", stated: the launch of the new “GO” nomadic 4G voice services is the beginning of a new era in the kingdom, where we work to generate a new technical revolution and change the usage nature of the traditional fixed line communication eternally by providing through introducing unique features and services which will enrich the user’s life style, and as part of the company’s recognition to our customers and our commitment to provide them with latest technologies and the exclusive features and offers, we’re pleased to provide the 4G voice service to all our customers free of charge , Without any setup fees and with the balance of an additional $ 20 riyals and 50% discount on all international calls , all calls within “GO “network will also be free of charge during the promotion period and at a fixed rate for local calls and calls to mobile phones from other service providers at any time, in addition to the availability of the nomadic feature which allow users to move with the service to any location within “GO” network coverage without the need to apply for transfer or change the number, it is to be noted that the CITC has allocated more than one million nomadic phone number for “GO”.
He added: “individuals interested in acquiring the 4G voice service from “GO” can book a number of their choice through the company website www.go.com.sa where the Number booking campaign continues in order to allow users to pick a unique phone number of their choice without restrictions; users will not pay any additional renewal fees, the only cost is the cost needed to contact other networks, both local and international, additionally, “GO” provides preferential rates for international calls, the cost of the call, for example, to the Gulf is 55 halalas per minute, and to the United States U.S. 90 halalas per minute, and with an opening balance of $ 20SR per each participant”, this offer comes to commemorate the launch of the services and lasts till 09 December 2009.” Customers can obtain the nomadic 4G Voice service through sales outlets in Riyadh Sahara Mall , Hayat Mall, Khurais Mall, Localizer and the Bin Sulaiman Center and Granada Center, in Jeddah at Red Sea Mall, Serafi Mall, Tahlia Mall, Aziz Mall, and Mall of Arabia, in Mecca at each of Al Diyafa Mall and Ze Majaz Mall, in Medina at Rashid Mega Mall, Al Madina Al Dawli and Aliat Al Madina, or through our partners , Jarir Bookstore, Extra Obekan, Optimal Technology Solutions , DIGICO , Mashail Al Khaleej Electronics , Inteshar, Computer House, SAHL, Arab Media Company and Matkabat Al Maktaba, Customers can also apply for the service directly through the website www.go.com.sa and pay by credit card or SADAD or via toll-free number 8001110000.

 [28-06-2010] :  Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" , Launches its first SOHO package (GO Business)

  • Starting form 189 SR/month
  • The ideal solution for entrepreneurs
  • Plug & Play (immediate service)
  • Broadband Internet, Advanced Voice service, Fax service and Free phone device
  • low international calling rate, free voice call credit and GO Talk service (Rahal)
  • Does not require commercial registration for consumer.
  • Nomadic feature and service relocation

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO”, launched (GO Business), the company’s first business package designed for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) business sector, which provides comprehensive Data and Voice solutions (Broadband Internet, Advanced Voice Service and Fax Service) in one bundle intended for Small Office/Home Office entrepreneurs, with prices starting from 189 SR/month. (GO Business) is the first package of its kind to serve this sector in Saudi Arabia.

Although the number of enterprises classified under the Small Office /Home Office sector is estimated over one hundred thousand, these enterprises still suffer from the lack of integrated solutions designed to meet their business needs, (GO Business) offers entrepreneurs in the Saudi Arabia Broadband Internet and Voice solutions at a convenient cost and without the need for commercial registration, thus helping enterprises reduce operational costs and increase productivity,(GO Business) is a Plug & Play solution that requires no installation or time for activation , and with the unique nomadic feature of 4th generation WiMAX technology, entrepreneurs can manage daily commercial and financial transactions in an efficient and fixable manner anywhere within “GO” network coverage; in addition, the nomadic feature will enable Small Office/Home Office entrepreneurs to expand or relocate all business operations and services (Data and Voice) anywhere within “GO” network coverage without the need to update or change contact information on business publication.

(GO Business) package includes Broadband Internet service with boosted Internet performance during peak business hours ( 5 AM to 5 PM), a free 4G WiFi modem device and two Advanced Voice lines ( a Silver line and an one additional line for advanced voice and Fax service ), reduced international rates, a free phone set and free Voice credit, in addition to GO Talk service (Rahal), a soft telephone service used on any computer with a separate local number , and a toll free number 8001111010 designated to serve (GO Business) customers around the clock seven days a week , all for a starting price of 189 Riyals Monthly.

Customers can obtain (GO Business) package through the following numbers:

  • Central Region 08111011332
  • Eastern Region 08111091216
  • Western Region 08111028658
Or by visiting any of our outlets in over 32 centers in (Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Khamis Mushayt, Dammam, Khobar, Qatif and Hofuf), or through our partners Jarir Bookstore, Extra Obekan and others.

For more information please visit our website www.go.com.sa or call the toll free number 081110000.

 [14-06-2011] :  Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" , Appoints Raed Kayyal Acting Chief Executive

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” Board of Directors announced The appointment of Eng. Raed Abdul Rauf Kayyal as Acting Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. Ahmed Sindi, effective Sunday, June 13, 2010. As Acting Chief Executive, Eng. Raed Kayyal will be responsible for structuring a new strategy that adapts with the requirements of upcoming commercial operation. His Royal Highness, Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” Board of Directors stated: “The appointment of Eng. Raed Kayyal to undertake the tasks and responsibilities of Acting Chief Executive reflects the Board of Directors’ dedication to adapt to the variables for each operational stage, as this decision long term strategic objectives and carries a positive impact on both shareholders and company subscribers.
” His Royal Highness added: “The Board of Directors has regretfully accepted Dr. Ahmed Sindi’s resignation, all members of the board express Their appreciation for his unmatched efforts during establishment phase and the beginning of commercial launch, and we wish him success in both his personal and professional life” It is to be noted that Eng. Raed Abdul Rauf Kayyal possesses over 18 years of experience in business management, development, Telecommunication and Information Technology, as he worked in various major international companies (such as Siemens, AT & T, Lucent Technologies, SITE Ltd, Globe Tel) in each of Germany, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia, where he occupied a number of engineering and executive positions, in addition to founding and participating in the establishment of a number of different companies ( Such as Applied Technologies Company, Feno International, and Al Kayyal Group). Eng. Raed Kayyal is considered one of the valuable Saudi competencies, he graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and is a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers.

 [01-02-2010] :  Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO", The Exclusive Telecom Sponsor of Jeddah Economic Forum 2010

Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" Signed Jeddah Economic Forum 2010 sponsorship agreement with each of Mr.Mazen Batterjee, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah, and Mr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, Making Etihad Atheeb Telecom "GO" the exclusive Telecommunications sponsor of the 10th edition of Jeddah Economic Forum 2010, which will be held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal during the period from 13 – 16 February 2010 under the theme of “The Global Economy 2020” .
The Agreement was signed during a press conference held in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the presence of a number of senior officials from both sides. Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO" stated: “Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” is pleased to be the exclusive Telecommunications sponsor of the 10th edition of Jeddah Economic Forum 2010 as it is one of the most significant global economic forums, with a focus this year on the prospects and challenges of global economy leading up to the year in 2020.
As Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” is a major contributor to shaping the future of Telecoms in the kingdom and facilitating the transition towards a knowledge-based society and knowledge-based economy, “GO” will provide the latest 4G telecommunications technologies at the forum, including 4G Voice and Broadband Internet services.
” He Added: “The Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to select “GO” as the exclusive telecommunications sponsor although the company had not exceeded its first year of operations is a new accomplishment to be added to the company’s previous achievements. Jeddah Economic Forum 2010 will host an elite bgroup of decision makers, economic experts, businessmen, businesswomen and academics from over 20 countries, to discuss and explore the prospects for the global economy and identify emerging economic trends over the coming years. “GO” will also be showcasing its innovative solutions, products, services and 4G technologies at the Jeddah Economic Forum exhibition.

 [23-01-2010] :  GO expands Network coverage in the Eastern region to include Al Hafouf and Al Qatif

GO expands Network coverage in the Eastern region to include AlHafouf City and Al Qatif City Etihad Atheeb Telecoms Co. “GO” the 4G operator in the kingdom announced the expansion of the scope of its 4G Network in the Eastern region to include Al Hafouf City and Al Qatif City, the expansion follows service launch at Khoubar City and Damam City earlier last week.“GO” will provide Home Broadband Internet services and Nomadic 4G voice services in Al Hafouf City and Al Qatif City starting from January 23, 2010 at highly competitive prices with numerous special offers. Residents of Al Hafouf City and Al Qatif City can obtain the Home Broadband Internet service or the 4G Voice service through our partners, Jarir Bookstore, Extra Obekan and Mashail Al Khaleej Electronics in Al Hafouf City and through Mashail Al Khaleej Electronics in in Al Qatif City.

 [16-01-2010] :  “GO” officially launches its services in the Eastern Region

Etihad atheeb Telecoms Co. “GO”, the 4G operator in Saudi Arabia, announced today the official launch of its services in the Eastern region on January 16, 2010 after the success of the trial launch which took place last week. The launch is considered an important step in the scope of the company’s 4G network expansion; residents in the Eastern region can now enjoy 4G advanced voice services and Broadband Internet Service at various speeds and highly competitive prices.
Dr. Ahmed Sindi, CEO of Etihad atheeb Telecoms Co. “GO” Stated: “We are pleased to officially launch our services in the Eastern region and provided various options for those who are wishing to enjoy 4G Advanced Voice Services and broadband internet in each of Khobar and Damman, with more cities to follow in the near future.
The Eastern region is an important addition to the scope of GO network coverage as the second phase of network expansion continues, GO will confidently meet the needs of both corporate and individual user providing the best quality of service combined with competitive prices and unique features including the nomadic feature ” Customers can obtain the WiMAX Broadband Internet service or the 4G advanced voice service from “GO” in Al Khobar and Dammam, with more cities to follow in the near future, through our partners, Jarir Bookstore, Extra, Obekan, DIGICO, Mashael Al Khaleej Electronics, Computer House, and Maktabat Al Maktaba. Customers can also apply for the service directly through the website www.go.com.sa and pay by credit card or SADAD or via toll-free number: 8001110000 or pay upon delivery.

 [05-01-2010] : “GO” Extends Home Broadband Internet and 4G voice service Offers

Etihad atheeb Telecoms Co. “GO”, the licensed fixed line 4G operator in the kingdom announced the continuation of its distinctive offers in response to demands of current and new subscribers, the continuation includes all Home Broadband Internet and 4G voice service packages, with no setup charges for new subscribers and up to for additional free months.  To read the complete news , Click Here.

 [01-01-2010] : Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” Sponsors Nawaf Al Temyat’s Retirement Ceremony

Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” Sponsors Nawaf Al Temyat’s Retirement Ceremony Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO”, the leading 4G operator in the Kingdom, sponsored the retirement ceremony of Nawaf Bandar Al Temyat, the former player at Al Hilal Saudi Club and the Saudi National Team. The talented player was presented with a unique nomadic 4G voice service number from GO as an honorary retirement gift on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Chairman of the Board of Directors by Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive of the “GO”.
The honoring took place during the halftime of the honorary match between Al Hilal Saudi Club and Italian Inter Milan. The match was held under the patronage His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youth Welfare, who attended the match on behalf of the Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.
The match was also attended by Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd, Deputy President of Youth Welfare, Sheikh Isa bin Rashid Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, in addition to the presence of more than 64 thousand spectators in the stadium. Dr. Ahmed Sindi, Chief Executive of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. “GO” stated: “In recognition of Nawaf Al Temyat’s outstanding achievements and our confidence in the retirement committee’s organizational efforts lead by His Highness Prince Nawaf Bin Mohammed, head of the Committee, Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” was honored to sponsor the retirement ceremony and the honorary match with Inter Milan, and award Nawaf’s excellence with a unique nomadic 4G voice service platinum number from “GO” beginning with 08111 and the WiMAX broadband Internet Service, to help him stay connected with his fans and loved ones wherever he goes”

 [28-09-2009] : Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO” Wins the Middle East “Best New Entrant” Award for 2009

Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” won the “Best New Entrant” award in the Telecom Sector for the year 2009 at a grand ceremony held in Dubai to announce the Telecoms World Middle East Awards 2009, the ceremony was attended by Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of the company, a number of senior officials of the Telecom sector in the Middle East and a number of media specialists. Telecoms World Middle East Awards is considered one of the most significant telecommunications awards in the region. Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co.
"GO" stated: “Winning the “Best New Entrant” award is an honor given its significance in the Telecoms sector and the strict evaluation criteria on which it relies. We owe this win to the directives of the esteemed Board of Directors, led by His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the continuous efforts of the executive management and employees of the company for over two years since the foundation of the company and less than 6 months into operation.
“GO” deservedly earned this award which will act as an incentive to continue providing the best outmost 4th generation voice and data technologies and services.” Winning this award is a recode achievement for Etihad Atheeb Telecom in its first year, the company had to provide documents and answer question to qualify for competition such as: when did the company start operations? How does the brand differentiate in terms of brand, services and customer experience? How do you maintain and improve quality of service? And other questions, all of which were answered and supported by documentations, enabling “GO” to win the “Best New Entrant” category despite ferrous competition. Dr. Sindi added: “Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” is the first 4G operator in the kingdom, and holds a fixed line license from the Communications and Information Technology Commission, and we have taken upon ourselves the responsibility of bringing the latest telecommunications wire and wireless technologies to the Kingdom. GO launched the Broadband Internet Service “WiMAX” and gained the trust of more than 45 thousand customers in four months after the launch, followed by the launch of the 4G Voice service, which changed the concept of fixed line services in the kingdom and allowed traditional fixed line users more options, We are determined to move forward with our plans to cover 4 areas in the Kingdom during the first year of operation and become the favored Internet and Voice provider by users. It is to be noted that Saudization in Etihad Atheeb Telecom has exceeded 60% to now”

 [17-11-2009] : GO launches 4G voice service

Etihad Atheeb Telecom CO. “GO”, the leading 4G Telecom operator in the kingdom, announced the launch of its nomadic 4G voice services for the first time in the kingdom, with highly competitive prices and new numbers beginning with (08-111). The announcement came during a press conference held by the company this morning, the conference was attended by Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom CO. “GO” and a number of senior officials in addition to a number of reporters and journalists from various publications, where they tested the nomadic 4G voice service trough a live demonstration. Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co.
"GO", stated: the launch of the new “GO” nomadic 4G voice services is the beginning of a new era in the kingdom, where we work to generate a new technical revolution and change the usage nature of the traditional fixed line communication eternally by providing through introducing unique features and services which will enrich the user’s life style, and as part of the company’s recognition to our customers and our commitment to provide them with latest technologies and the exclusive features and offers, we’re pleased to provide the 4G voice service to all our customers free of charge , Without any setup fees and with the balance of an additional $ 20 riyals and 50% discount on all international calls , all calls within “GO “network will also be free of charge during the promotion period and at a fixed rate for local calls and calls to mobile phones from other service providers at any time, in addition to the availability of the nomadic feature which allow users to move with the service to any location within “GO” network coverage without the need to apply for transfer or change the number, it is to be noted that the CITC has allocated more than one million nomadic phone number for “GO”.
He added: “individuals interested in acquiring the 4G voice service from “GO” can book a number of their choice through the company website www.go.com.sa where the Number booking campaign continues in order to allow users to pick a unique phone number of their choice without restrictions; users will not pay any additional renewal fees, the only cost is the cost needed to contact other networks, both local and international, additionally, “GO” provides preferential rates for international calls, the cost of the call, for example, to the Gulf is 55 halalas per minute, and to the United States U.S. 90 halalas per minute, and with an opening balance of $ 20SR per each participant”, this offer comes to commemorate the launch of the services and lasts till 09 December 2009.”
Customers can obtain the nomadic 4G Voice service through sales outlets in Riyadh Sahara Mall , Hayat Mall, Khurais Mall, Localizer and the Bin Sulaiman Center and Granada Center, in Jeddah at Red Sea Mall, Serafi Mall, Tahlia Mall, Aziz Mall, and Mall of Arabia, in Mecca at each of Al Diyafa Mall and Ze Majaz Mall, in Medina at Rashid Mega Mall, Al Madina Al Dawli and Aliat Al Madina, or through our partners , Jarir Bookstore, Extra Obekan, Optimal Technology Solutions , DIGICO , Mashail Al Khaleej Electronics , Inteshar, Computer House, SAHL, Arab Media Company and Matkabat Al Maktaba, Customers can also apply for the service directly through the website www.go.com.sa and pay by credit card or SADAD or via toll-free number 8001110000.

 [06-10-2009] : Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” Exhibits the latest 4G technologies at the opening of ITU World 2009 in Geneva.

His Royal Highness, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO”, the pioneering 4G Telecom operator in the kingdom, hosted each of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of the European Telecom, His Excellency Mohamed bin Jameel Mulla, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, HE Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Ahmad Al Jaafari, and Governor of the Communications and Information Technology, in addition to a number of international leaders and key figures from across the Telecommunications and Information Technology industries, in the “GO” stand in the pavilion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at ITU World 2009, which is held in Geneva, Switzerland, during the period from 5 to October 9, 2009. ITU World 2009 is considered the most important gathering of such kind in the telecommunications and information technology sector, this year the exhibition witnessed the presence of about 20 heads of States and governments, Ministers of Communications and Information Technology from around the world, leaders of communications and information technology industry, both Service providers and large industrial companies, heads of regulatory authorities and a large number of international leading figures, with whom his Royal Highness showcased the company’s experience with the deployment of the latest 4G networks, highlighted the technological developments of the telecommunications market in Saudi Arabia and praised the efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at keeping doors open for competition in the local telecommunications sector .
Moreover, His Royal Highness presented a book about the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia , sponsored by Atheeb Group, as a special gift to Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who expressed his appreciation to His Highness the prince.
His Royal Highness, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” stated: “ GO, in response to the kind invitation by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Mohamed bin Jameel Mulla, is pleased to be part of national pavilion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at ITU World 2009 , and participate side by side with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology , King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the General Authority for Investment , and other licensed telecommunications companies to represent the kingdom of Saudi Arabia internationally, by showcasing the latest 4G technologies currently used at Etihad Atheeb Telecom, in addition to sharing our experience with deployment of the largest WiMAX network in each of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Our participation in this global event provides an ideal opportunity for us to benefit from international expertise and exchange experiences with other pioneers in the industry and regulatory authorities from around the world.”
ITU World 2009 is the most significant event in the Telecommunications and Information Technology field at which leaders of the industry engage with state leaders, ministers, and international experts in a strategic dialog to achieve economic recovery and shape the technical features of the future , as well as the forum, which provides a chance for dialog and interaction in matters concerning Telecommunications and Information Technology, and solutions to overcome the impact of global economic crisis on the market and revive the telecommunications industry. His Royal Highness added : “ Despite the recent beginning of the company, GO continues to set new records of rapid deployment of WiMAX network in the Kingdom and number of participants which exceeded 45 thousand subscribers , a figure that reflects the confidence of investors and customers in the company and the technologies we provide.
Etihad Atheeb Telecom aims to support the directives of Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to the transition towards a knowledge society and knowledge-based economy , especially in light of the growth challenge presented in poor penetration rates of broadband Internet in the Kingdom.” The joint official opening ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud , under the management of Mr. Raza Jafar, Chairman and CEO of the International Telecommunication Union, with the participation of Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of ITU, HE Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr. John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems, and Mr. Hans Vistberg, CEO of Ericsson among others, who addressed the direction of the International Federation and industry leaders to achieve the goal of open networks and connected minds.
His Royal Highness also participated in the ICTs for economic growth summit, accompanied by His Excellency Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy in the State of Australia, His Excellency Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Sunil Bharti , and Chairman and CEO of the Bharti Group in the State of India, where the issues of the contribution of IT and communications at advancing economic growth, the role of governments to maximize economic growth, and the impact of the global financial crisis on development goals and consumer behaviors were discussed. Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” pavilion attracted an audience of officials and visitors from different nationalities , His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was in reception of the official delegation of the Republic of Sierra Leone, headed by Mr. Chernor Bah, a member of Parliament and Chairman of the Legal Committee, and Mr. Cirelli President Tembo Board of Directors of Communications in Sierra Leone, and each of Dr. Reza Jafar, Chairman of the International Union of Telecommunications, His Excellency Dr Kamal Shehadi, Chairman and Executive Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Lebanon, Mr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General and Board Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of the State United Arab Emirates, and heads of the global telecommunications companies ZTE, Huawei and Motorola.

 [12-09-2009] : GO Launches in Makkah Al-Mukarama

Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO”, the leading 4G telecom operator in the kingdom, is honored to announce the launch of “GO” services in The holy city of Makkah starting on 12th September 2009. The launch will provide quality data and voice services, high speed internet WiMAX at speeds of 512 Kbps, 1 Mbps, and 2 Mbps, and special offers, all to better serve the residents and pilgrims of the holy city of Makkah. Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO", stated: “We are privileged to launch Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO” services in the purest of all places, the holy city of Makkah.
This launch is a momentous milestone in the history of GO, one that draws its significance from the importance of Makkah to the Islamic world as a whole, and aims to endorse the efforts of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to advance the services provided in Makkah and facilitate all means of communication. The launch coincides with several important upcoming occasions, amongst which are the last ten days of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr , the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the start of the new school year, all of which demands a steady, reliable and high quality internet service supported by the latest 4G technology; GO WiMAX service presents the ideal solution , with flexible bundles offered and the availability of the WiMAX Nomadic feature.
” Residents and visitors of Makkah can Subscribe to “GO” services through our sales outlets in each of Al Diyafa and Ze Majaz Mall, In addition to our partner Jarir Bookstore. For more information please call the toll free number 8001110000 or visit any of our branches.

 [12-09-2009] : igo Launch - Unprecedentedly in the Kingdom

For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Etihad Atheeb Telecom “GO”, the leading 4G telecom operator in the kingdom, launched the 4G personal broadband Internet product and service, “igo". The personal broadband Internet “igo" offers real speeds Up to 4Mbs and pricing packages suitable for all various needs with price starts from SR 110. Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co. "GO", stated: “We are pleased to launch our new product, the 4G personal broadband internet “igo" for the first time in the kingdom. Through “igo", we explore new horizons of internet usage, with real speeds reaching up 4Mbs, enabled by Etihad Atheeb Telecom WiMAX network which is specifically designed for transfer data and voice and their applications, making “igo" is the ideal solution for those who wish to enjoy high speed internet connectivity on the move, whether Within the same city or between cities in the Kingdom.
he “igo" possesses numerous unique features; it is a plug and play device that does not require a SIM card, Presets or technical expertise, It is nomadic, hence can be used anywhere within coverage while maintaining the quality and consistency of performance, and most distinguishably , the possibility of a voice calls. All these features and more keep us confident that the future of Broadband Internet in the Kingdom has become a reality today’’.
The personal broadband internet “igo" will allow users to enjoy real high speed internet and choose a package most suitable to their needs, all for very competitive prices. The personal broadband internet “igo" can be obtained through our outlets in each of Sahara Mall, Hayat Mall, Kharis Mall, Localizer, Kurais mall, and bin Suleiman center in Riyadh. In Jeddah at Red Sea Mall, Al Sraifi Mall, Al Tahlya Mall, Aziz Mall, and Arab Mall.
Or from Alrasheed mega mall, Aliah Almadinah mall, Almadinah international mall at Al Madinah city, or through “GO” Partner Jareer bookstore branches.
They can also subscribe through the toll free number 8001110000.

 [15-08-2009] : GO Launches in Al-Madina Al-Munawara

Etihad Atheeb Telecom "GO", the newest telecom operator in Saudi Arabia, launches its services in Al-Madinah, on Sunday 16th of August 2009, achieving a new success in the scope of GO WiMAX network coverage, and the provision of broadband Internet service for the residents and visitors of Al-Medina. The GO WiMAX service launched with speeds of 512 Kbps, 1 Mbps, and 2 Mbps, with exciting special offers. Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi ,Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Atheeb Telecom Co.
"GO", said: “we are proud of the arrival of broadband Internet service from (GO) to Al-Medina Al-Munawara, to serve the people in the City of Light, the city of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) , This step is an important milestone in the second phase of WiMAX network expansion for (GO), as we launch this service with full understanding of importance and uniqueness and spirituality of Al-Medina, where the Prophet’s Mosque, who Muslims come throughout the year, and the necessity to provide a solid network and consistent service for high quality broadband Internet, through the use 4th Generation technologies”.
Dr. Sindi said: “Broadband internet services “WiMAX” is an ideal solution that meets the needs for the people in Al Medina, GO WiMAX requires no waiting period or a land line, And the WiMAX nomadic feature will enable them to enjoy broadband internet at any place within GO network coverage.
” Dr. Sindi added: “Visitors of Al-Medina can also enjoy the GO WiMAX service during their stay, the service is available around the city and especially in hotels & apartments near the mosque of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him)”. The people in the city can get access to GO (WiMAX) Internet broadband service through our outlets in each of the Rashid Mall Center, International Mall, and Aaliah mall. In addition to the branches of our partners: Jareer Bookstore, Extra, Obeikan Bookstore, 4run and Optimal. For more information, please call the toll-free number 8001110000, or visit any of our branches.

 [04-02-2009] : Closing IPO Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication

Saudi Hollandi Cpaital (SHC), has officially announced, in a statement by its CEO Mr. Tahir Al-Dabbagh, the successful closing of the offering of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Co., with a coverage in excess to (350%). SHC has directly monitored the offering process in capacity of Financial Advisor, Lead Manager and Underwriter for the IPO of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Co. To read the complete news, Click Here.

 [01-02-2009] : The IPO shares of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication oversubscribed 200%

Mr. Tahir Al-Dabbagh, the CEO of Saudi Hollandi Capital Co., has announced that the IPO shares of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Co., (EATC), have been significantly oversubscribed, as the total subscription at all receiving banks (8 Saudi banks) has exceeded 200% by Sunday 06.02.1430H (01.02.2009). In this regard, it is worth mentioning that Saudi Hollandi Capital acts as Financial Advisor, Lead Manager and Underwriter for the Initial Public Offering of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication Co.To read the complete news, Click Here.

 [23-03-2008] : Atheeb signs $165m WiMAX deal with Motorola

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 [29-02-2008] : Atheeb-Batelco consortium wins approval to roll out services in KSA

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 [21-04-2007] : Opening of Spectrum Financial Bids for Fixed Telecom Licenses in KSA

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