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May 27, 2020
HBO Max arrives at AT&T
Starting from the 27th of May, millions of AT&T customers in the United States will be able to stream HBO Max at no additional charge. HBO Max is the highly anticipated streaming platform from WarnerMedia that includes all of HBO together with the greatest collection of movies, TV shows and new Max Originals...
UNESCO and Education Cannot Wait launch online learning resources for teachers and students in Lebanon
UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and Education Cannot Wait (ECW) have joined efforts to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in developing inclusive distance learning solutions..
Member News
•  Sony Semiconductor Solutions and Microsoft partner to create smart camera solutions for enterprise customers
Member Logo As a result of the partnership, the companies will embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities on Sony’s intelligent vision sensor IMX500, which extracts useful information out of images in smart cameras and other devices...
•  86% record data traffic increase on Eid and 99% jump in internet speed
Member Logo Data traffic and internet speed on stc network witnessed record increase during the last day of Ramadan and the first days of the holiday by 86% on fixed networks and by 73% on mobile networks compared to the same period in...
•  Tech Mahindra, Openet ink global strategic partnership to enable digital transformation for CSPs
Member Logo Tech Mahindra has annnounced a global strategic partnership with the leading BSS vendor Openet to enable digital transformation for customers globally...
Policy and Regulation
Dutch multi-band auction will start 29 June
The Netherlands’ radio frequency spectrum agency announced that the country’s multi-band mobile auction including 5G-suitable spectrum will start on 29 June 2020...
Slovenia to hold consultation on spectrum auctions
Slovenia’s regulator has confirmed that it will open a consultation on the country’s delayed auction of new spectrum frequencies...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Azerfon’s 4G user base exceeds 1 million
Azerfon announced that its LTE user base grew 66% year-on-year to surpass one million in the first quarter of 2020...
Telia launches commercial 5G in Sweden
Telia Company recently inaugurated its commercial 5G network in Sweden, with service initially available in Stockholm powered by Ericsson Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions...
Satellite & Internet
Manx Telecom to expand full fiber network on Isle of Man
The Isle of Man government has agreed to an investment into local ISP Manx Telecom to help them extend their gigabit fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network...
SES to recoup US$1.6 billion to launch new satellites
SES’ board of directors has approved investment of US$1.6 billion, which includes the procurement and launch of new satellites and other equipment and services...
Global Telecom Update
T-Mobile and Google partner to allow inter-carrier RCS messaging
T-Mobile has become the first in the world to implement a full standards-based RCS Universal Profile 1.0 interconnect with Google’s Messages service...
Telenor sets up Nordic Hub to boost 5G, IoT and enterprise
The Hub is part of an ongoing regional reorganisations and is accompanied by changes to top management...
Middle East
Protecting children on the internet is responsibility of parents
The Abu Dhabi Police, ADP, urged parents to monitor their children's usage on the internet and social media, to protect them from exploitation and e-blackmailing...
Spectrami introduces Axonius Cyber Security Asset Management platform across META
Through this partnership, enterprises in the region will now be able to manage their cyber security assets better than ever before...
UNESCO and Education Cannot Wait launch online learning resources for teachers and students in Lebanon
UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and Education Cannot Wait (ECW) have joined efforts to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in developing inclusive distance learning...
Carrefour Bahrain launches mobile application for convenient online shopping
The app arrives at an important time for consumers and Carrefour as the protracted coronavirus pandemic sees demand for online shopping increase...
South Asia
Sri Lanka Telecom fights against cyber attack
Sri Lanka Telecom, the island’s largest fixed line operators said a cyber attack has been mounted on a section of their internal servers which have been isolated and the threat is being dealt with...
North Africa
Orange Money adds new remittance corridors in Africa
Orange has opened two new Orange Money “remittance corridors” – from France to Burkina Faso and Morocco...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
LiveU launches original live TV on Facebook
Pivoting from its traditional role of supporting mobile production and newsgathering, LiveU is to get into content with the LiveU Sports Show and Stay Connected series as well as special company news round-ups...
DAZN and Kudelski reach licence agreement
The Kudelski Group has announced a technology and intellectual property license agreement with the sports streaming service DAZN...
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