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August 20, 2019
Umniah signs an agreement with Jordan University of Science and Technology to offer courses in cybersecurity
Umniah, a subsidiary of Batelco Bahrain and a pioneer in the field of managed security services and cybersecurity, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) that will see Umniah offering free specialized training courses in cybersecurity to the university’s students as well as new graduates - a first in the Kingdom...
Member News
•  75% increase in data consumption in Muzdalifah and 90% in Arafat
Member Logo STC reported a 75% increase in data volume compared to last year, with data transmitted over 4G increasing 92%, and an increase of 12% and 23% respectively in the number of local and international customers choosing STC...
•  Comviva and N-able Pvt Ltd. join hands to create new opportunities around digital services in Sri Lanka
Member Logo Comviva has joined hands with N-able Pvt Ltd. as local strategic alliance partner to catalyze Digital Services in Sri Lanka...
•  Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future seek to collaborate with Nordic governments on climate action and diversity in the workplace
Member Logo The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future met with the Prime Ministers of the five Nordic countries to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing sustainability challenges...
Recent Developments
•  Etisalat successfully dials in 5G call from world’s tallest tower
•  Viva Bahrain announces preorder for Samsung Note 10
•  AT&T and Dell Technologies collaborate on open source edge computing and 5G software
•  Accenture report reveals new cybercrime operating model among high-profile threat groups
Policy and Regulation
Kwesé Free TV gets green light from South African regulator
South Africa’s media and communications regulator ICASA has confirmed that it is granting a commercial free-to-air TV licence to Kwesé Free TV...
Brazil launches consultation for new satellite exploitation rights
The result will influence the regulator's decision regarding the future conference on Brazilian Satellite Exploitation Rights for four orbital positions...
South Asia
Mobitel signs MoU to research and develop the next generation telecommunication networks and applications
Mobitel has signed a MoU with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, to co-create and co-innovate in the area of telecommunication, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more...
ICT based services expand in Bangladesh
Use of information and communication technology expanded significantly in all spheres of life in Rajshahi division to supplement the efforts of building a digital Bangladesh...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Disney streaming service to launch in Canada, Netherlands in November
Walt Disney will launch its Disney+ video streaming service in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, the same date as its previously announced United States launch...
SKT, broadcasters allowed to launch joint online video service
SK Telecom and the three major broadcasters here have received the green light to start a new online video service called Wavve...
November launch for Apple+ streaming service
Apple will enter an increasingly crowded market with high-profile international launches expected from Disney and NBC, plus in the UK market the ITV-BBC venture Britbox...
Global Telecom Update
Deutsche Telekom announces cloud gaming service
German Telco Deutsche Telekom has thrown its hat into the gaming ring with the launch of a cloud gaming service...
T-Mobile US opens a 5G device testing lab
T-Mobile US is updating its device testing capabilities to include 5G, unveiling a new facility that will test 5G devices as well as devices which enable License Assisted Access, narrowband IoT, LTE and 3G...
Middle East
Oman plans to be a safe haven for critical data
Oman is banking on its reputation as a friendly and peaceful nation as it plans to become a regional digital hub for disaster recovery services, offering to store backup copies of critical data for its neighbours...
ZEE5 Global ties up with EUROSTAR Group in the Middle East
This will enable people across the GCC countries to access ZEE5’s library of 100,000 hours of entertainment content through subscription packs available at any of Eurostar and its partner outlets across GCC...
Saudi online grocery platform NANA raises US$6.6 million investment from Impact46
The UAE-based Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) and Impact46 have co-led an investment worth US$6.6 million in Saudi-based Nana Direct, an online grocery platform serving 13 cities across the Kingdom...
North Africa
Visa, EonMobil partner for Security Week to promote safe digital payment practices in Egypt
Visa has partnered with ExxonMobil to launch Visa's Security Week campaign in Egypt to promote safe digital payment practices amongst Egyptian consumers, and provide tips to protect cardholders against payment-related...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
DOCOMO Pacific VoLTE service goes live in Guam, Mariana Islands
DOCOMO Pacific has announced that its VoLTE service went live on Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands on 15 August...
Viavi testing 5G spectrum in Brazil
Viavi is working with Brazil's national telecommunications agency to evaluate and test 5G-suitable spectrum ahead of next year's national spectrum auction...
Satellite & Internet
Sky launches first ultrafast broadband products
Ultrafast full fiber broadband products are 12 times faster than Sky’s previous fastest offering and will be immediately within reach of two million homes...
Myriota teams with Optus Business to bring IoT to telecoms
Myriota, a low-power Internet of Things start-up company, has just signed a deal with telecoms company, Optus Business in the hopes of updating mobile connectivity in Australia...
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