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April 19, 2021
UTC’s digital trade platform goes live with 7 banks
UAE Trade Connect (UTC), a new nationwide blockchain platform co-created by Etisalat Digital and seven leading UAE banks and Avanza Innovations and initially ideated by First Abu Dhabi Bank, has gone commercially live. This unique platform invites all UAE banks and the supply chain industry to join the platform to combat fraud and duplication, among other issues in the trade finance space.
Member News
•  solutions by stc partners with eMushrif to provide innovative transportation solutions
Member Logo Kuwait Telecommunications Company – stc, announced that its specialized business arm solutions by stc has partnered with eMushrif, an Omani based company that specializes in IoT and AI technology catered to the...
•  Viu launches Viu Shorts! Thailand
Member Logo Supporting a new generation of talent in Thailand with the opportunity to showcase their creativity on the No. 1 video streaming platform in Southeast Asia...
•  Cisco Webex powers personal well-being, higher-performing teams and inclusive collaboration

Member Logo To help people work smarter, combat burnout and drive more inclusive work experiences, Cisco Webex has announced advancements to the People Insights feature...
Policy and Regulation
81 projects to be funded under Australia’s ‘Regional Connectivity Program’
According to the Australian government, it has taken a collaborative approach in delivering the RCP and has engaged with the telecommunications industry and regional communities...
Zimbabwe’s telco regulator takes steps towards greater digital inclusion
Some of the interventions that are currently being implemented include extending Zimbabwe’s broadband infrastructure, 13 more telecommunication tower sites and...
South Asia
Hutch together with Fortumo launches direct carrier billing in Sri Lanka
The Fortumo partnership enables Hutch customers direct carrier billing access allowing hassle free payments for digital subscriptions of top international content services through their Hutch post-paid or pre-paid mobile...
North Africa
Egypt’s E-Tax, Microsoft partner to use AI in tax solutions
Microsoft will support digital transformation efforts in Egypt by employing AI and business intelligence techniques in the tax system...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Swisscom turns off 2G network
The operator turned off the network after almost 30 years, with the 2G spectrum now being used to support 4G and 5G services..
China establishes world's largest 5G mobile network
China has achieved an initial feat in building the world's largest 5G mobile network, said country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
MTS to launch OTT service
Kion will be managed by MTS Media, while the company’s current video service MTS TV will continue to provide cable, DTH, and IPTV services...
Unified Streaming launches tech to create curated-VOD channels
Video technology company Unified Streaming has launched Unified Remix VOD2Live, a new product that it says enables OTT providers to present VOD programming in new curatable linear channels...
Middle East
TII unveils UAE’s first secure cloud technologies programme
TII said that its secure cloud technologies programme aims to advance Privacy Enhancing Technologies, including fully homomorphic encryption and secure multi-party computation... announces expansion in Kuwait and Bahrain
E-commerce can be one of the hardest businesses to scale in a world steered by demand and innovation and for it to thrive; it needs to be driven from within...
Satellite & Internet
SpaceX considers Alaska stations for satellite network to improve internet access worldwide
The company plans to build ground stations around the world, with facilities spanning the globe from Europe to Australia to the southern tip of South America...
FTTH surges in Spain
81.8% of the connection are accounted for by the three main operators, namely Movistar, Orange (including Jazztel) and Vodafone (including Ono)...
Global Telecom Update
Africell expands Gambian network despite pandemic
Africell Gambia has recently implemented its biggest network footprint expansion in 15 years despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Telkom to create a youth-focused digital wallet to bridge financial exclusion
It will also provide professional and product support services, including infrastructure, care services, monitoring, performance and availability...
Broadpeak uses AWS Wavelength and 5G for video delivery
Broadpeak is deploying its advanced CDN technology on AWS Wavelength for streamlined video delivery over the 5G network...
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