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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
August 2, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
BT redefines connectivity for small firms with the launch of BT Halo for business
 
 
BT has reaffirmed its support for UK small businesses with the launch of BT Halo for business, a converged fiber broadband, mobile, and digital phone line bundle for micro-businesses, which represent 91 percent of all businesses in the UK...
 
 
 
Member News
 
•  Microsoft and UNESCO team up to boost employability in the Middle East and Africa
Member Logo The partnership, which includes other major organizations like Coursera, Dior, and IBM, aims to create opportunities for digital upskilling and enable free access to employability-oriented training materials...
 
•  Eutelsat 8 West B selected by Strong Roots for new DTH platform in Ethiopia and the Middle East
Member Logo Eutelsat Communications and Strong Roots Ethiopia Broadcasting Service have concluded a Master Service Agreement for a Ku capacity on a 36 MHz transponder on Eutelsat’s EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Policy and Regulation
 
Oman TRA clarifies on automatic renewal of value-added services
The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Oman has made a statement on the automatic renewal of value-added services...
 
Poland 3.6GHz auction likely in Q1 2021
The Polish government is expecting to hold its auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band in early 2021...
 
South Asia
 
Ncell collaborates with NPABSON, PABASON for online learning plan
Ncell has collaborated with two of the Private School Associations (PABSON and NPBASAN) to bring a monthly plan for easy online learning...
 
SLT supports ‘AL Kuppiya’ to enhance digital learning of A/L students
Sri Lanka Telecom has announced its partnership with AL Kuppiya, the e-learning platform catering for Advanced Level students, by introducing special data bundles for SLT Broadband customers...
 
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
 
Claro launches 700MHz 4G in Colombia
Claro Colombia has started deploying its 700MHz 4G network in Bogota and Ciudad Salitre...
 
Smart launches commercial 5G in Philippines
Filipino operator Smart Communications has launched commercial 5G services in the business districts of the Manila metropolitan area...
 
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
 
NTV-Plus launches Android box
The Russian DTH platform operator NTV-Plus has introduced an OTT set-top box based on the Android operating system...
 
Amagi delivers over 30 live, linear channels for Roku Channel
Through its cloud technologies, Amagi says that it can provide content owners with a scalable business opportunity to set up 24/7 linear channels and distribute them to free ad-supported platforms...
 
 
Middle East
 
UAE space programmes boost Asia’s lead in 4th Industrial revolution
4IR is a technological revolution that merges the physical, digital and biological technologies in order to deliver unprecedented products and services in new and emerging sectors...
 
Tap Payments helps 20,000 firms to accept online payments since start of pandemic
Over 20,000 businesses were enabled for e-commerce using Tap’s online payment services since the start of the COVID-19 crisis according to the CEO of Tap Payments...
 
Oman thwarts 14 billion cyberattacks in 2019
Oman’s cyber defenses foiled a staggering 14 billion cyberattacks over the course of last year, the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) announced in its 2019 annual report...
 
North Africa
 
Egypt’s Drowzy raises six-figure investment for its D2C furniture eCommerce platform
UAE Angel Investor has made a six-figure investment in Cairo-based direct-to-consumer (D2) furniture and home accessories startup Drowzy...
 
Satellite & Internet
 
Vodafone gigabit cable footprint covers 21 million German homes
Vodafone Germany has rolled out gigabit cable speeds for an additional 1.7 million homes in over 120 towns and cities...
 
Amazon to invest US$10 billion in satellite broadband plan
Amazon said that it will invest more than US$10 billion to build a network of 3,236 satellites that will provide high-speed broadband internet services to people around the world who lack such access...
 
Global Telecom Update
 
Orange enters strategic partnership with Google Cloud
The collaboration aims to accelerate the transformation of Orange’s IT infrastructure and the development of future cloud services, in particular edge computing...
 
Global Telecom launches 5G modem for IoT
Global Telecom has launched an update of its TITAN line of advanced modems, including a 5G modem that’s one of the first to be widely available to consumers and small businesses...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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