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January 15, 2020
2nd Annual $1 Million AT&T Skills Building Challenge now accepting applications
For the second year in a row, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator is hosting a $1 Million Skills Building Challenge to locate, support and mentor eight startups using technology to prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond...
'Orange Money' e-wallet service launched in Jordan
Developing this solution will contribute to the development of the digital sector, financial inclusion, all economic sectors and national economy as a whole.
Member News
•  datamena wins back-to-back awards in recognition of Global Interconnect Ecosystem project
Member Logo datamena, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has picked up multiple award wins in recognition of its Global Interconnect Ecosystem project...
•  Cisco releases the 2019 Digital Readiness Index measuring the digital readiness of 141 countries
Member Logo This research helps to uncover key insights and build our understanding of what it means for a country to be digitally ready and the positive impact the digital economy can provide. It also outlines possible opportunities to...
•  Dialogic's software business expands Enghouse's product portfolio
Member Logo Enghouse Systems Limited announced it has acquired Dialogic Group Inc. for a purchase price of approximately US$52.0 million, subject to certain adjustments...
Policy and Regulation
TRA opens registration for the 3rd edition of “The UAE Hackathon: Data for happiness and wellbeing"
The UAE Hackathon aims to develop innovative solutions and ideas that contribute to enhancing the wellbeing and raising the happiness meter of the UAE...
NBTC sets panel to prep 3400MHz bid
The telecom regulator has set up a working panel responsible for preparing the auction process of the 3400-3700-megahertz range, believed to be the most coveted spectrum for 5G adoption among mobile operators...
North Africa
Honeywell, Etisalat Misr to build smart centre in Egypt
The collaboration will result in the establishment of a state-of-the-art COC that will integrate data from city management systems to efficiently support administrative functions and smart city services for citizens, as well...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Korea builds unified LTE network for natural disaster communication
South Korea has built the world’s first LTE-supported natural disaster communications network that will be introduced this year...
Rogers officially activates Canada's first 5G network
Rogers Communications has officially turned on its 5G network in downtown areas of Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal...
Satellite & Internet
Deutsche Telekom launches fiber-optic joint venture in northwest Germany
Deutsche Telekom said it was founding a fiber optic networks joint venture with regional utility EWE that aims to connect more than 1.5 million German households...
SADC countries to implement satellite sharing system
The system would enable African people to have quicker access to information and would mark an important step for SADC members to enter the space industry...
Global Telecom Update
Gates Foundation mobile money projects in developing world to go live this year
Major mobile money projects in Africa and Asia being run by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will go live as early as the middle of this year, giving some of the world’s poorest people access to financial services...
WiFi enabled ‘Hello Hubs’ brings internet to underserved communities in Uganda
With a vision of ending the education gap in Uganda, telecommunications company Roke Telkom has announced a partnership with Hello World to build fourteen solar-powered, outdoor, internet-connected hubs across Uganda...
Middle East
HCT & Oracle partner to train students in AI & emerging technologies
The Higher Colleges of Technology will partner with Oracle in a ground-breaking initiative, to educate and train students in the field of Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies...
'Orange Money' e-wallet service launched in Jordan
Developing this solution will contribute to the development of the digital sector, financial inclusion, all economic sectors and national economy as a whole.
Oman Tower Company to lease towers to OFT
Oman Future Telecoms (OFT) is leasing towers from Oman Tower Company in order to bring its wireless offering to the market...
Huge potential for digital growth in Mideast and North Africa region
There is a lot of room for digital growth in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, where just 8 percent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have an Internet presence...
South Asia
Portal launched in Pakistan to accelerate the growth of IT Industry
The portal will help enable Pakistani IT companies to work directly with academia to solve problems through utilizing the intellect and knowledge available...
BDCom offers low price broadband internet pack
BDCom Online has announced the launch of country’s lowest broadband internet package in line with Digital Bangladesh campaign...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
TikTok to bring short videos to Iflix SVoD service in Asian markets
Global video app TikTok has partnered with Southeast Asian video-on-demand entertainment service Iflix to bring short-form videos from a variety of categories to audiences in 13 countries across Asia...
Disney+ exceeded 30 million downloads in Q4
The app grabbed 34% of US SVOD downloads in Q4 2019, with Netflix and Youtube at 11% each, while Amazon Prime Video was at 7%...
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