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October 18, 2020
Zain crowned ‘Best Brand’ at 2020 Telecom World Middle East Awards for 7th consecutive year
Since the introduction of its inspiring brand in 2007, Zain has been the recipient of numerous brand-related awards over the years. This year’s success was driven by numerous factors linked to the company’s COVID-19 related digital innovation, corporate sustainability programs, and eye-catching marketing and social media campaigns that have captured the imagination of the entire region...
stc Group participates in Virtual Capacity Middle East 2020
Kuwait Telecommunications Company – stc, announced that the stc Group participated as a diamond sponsor in the Virtual Capacity Middle East 2020...
Member News
•  Etisalat subscriber wins AED250,000 in Wasel Gifts ‘Mega Prize’ promotion
Member Logo A Sudanese graphic designer from Ajman won AED250,000 in Etisalat’s Wasel Gifts ‘Mega Prize’ promotion after a draw conducted at Etisalat’s Abu Dhabi headquarters...
•  “Batelco Fantasy League” competition launched for football fans with prizes up to US$10,000
Member Logo Batelco has announced the launch of “Batelco Fantasy League” football competition, running concurrently with the English Premier League (EPL)...
•  Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD selected by Kabelio for new Swiss HD platform
Member Logo This multi-year contract will enable Kabelio to leverage the unparalleled reach of Eutelsat’s premier hotspot to launch a service targeting Swiss audiences both at home and throughout Europe...
Recent Developments
•  Six MBEs across BT as pandemic response honoured
•  Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority issues new controls for cloud services
•  Batelco engages with its business customers in a series of cybersecurity webinars
•  Etisalat named ‘Best Regional Wholesale Carrier’
Policy and Regulation
Bahrain Rera, iGA launch new real estate licensing system
Bahrain's Real Estate Regulatory Authority has joined forces with the Information and eGovernment Authority to launch a new real estate licensing system and associated eServices...
LTA issues mobile operator’s licence to LIBTELCO
National regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority has issued a mobile network services license to LIBTELCO, allowing it to offer GSM-based services...
Middle East
Free training for 5,000 Bahrainis on information security
This is part of the preparation and training of national cadres following the requirements of the new labor market and the 4th industrial revolution,..
Saudi Arabia partners with Google to accelerate the Kingdom's digital transformation
Google aims to assist businesses in line with Saudi Post’s strategic transformation objectives to improve quality of life and help SMEs achieve their e-commerce and digitization goals,...
Thuraya SatTrack to boost safety and efficiency on fishing vessels
Designed for the top-selling Thuraya MarineStar voice, tracking and monitoring solution, SatTrack will be available to users very soon...
South Asia
WorldLink and KBCF partner to digitally transform Karnali
They aim for the region’s social-economic development by providing access to the internet and other services out of the internet connection...
Pollution of GB to get better internet services
Special Communication Organisation (has said that Gilgit-Baltistan has been connected through China-Pakistan Fiber Optic Project...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
DAZN adopts M2A Connect for cloud IP content acquisition
Global sports streaming service DAZN has adopted cloud IP transport service M2A Connect to acquire live sports content from its international rights partners...
Netflix launches Russian language service
Netflix has launched a fully localised service in Russia in partnership with National Media Group (NMG)...
North Africa
Tunisia to launch 1st satellite in March 2021
Satellite to be launched on Tunisian Independence Day by Russian Soyuz-2 spacecraft in Kazakhstan...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Nextlink deploys CBRS 4G LTE network
Nextlink Internet and Nokia recently announced they are building and upgrading networks with Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and Nokia’s AirScale 4G LTE RAN...
Tango to launch 5G network on 23 October
Luxembourg mobile network operator (MNO) Tango has announced plans to launch 5G services for all of its customers on 23 October 2020...
Satellite & Internet
Polish wholesale FTTH operator NEXERA collaborates with Enxoo on network API
Local service providers can use the API to extend their reach with visibility into inventory, automated processes, and direct connectivity to one of Poland’s fastest growing high-capacity fiber-optic access networks...
Arianespace offers new smallsat payload opportunities on upcoming Vega launches
The VV 19 satellite will aim for one altitude of 550-610 km, with a piggyback service, while the Vega C will target three altitudes of 500-640 km, with a rideshare service...
Global Telecom Update
SK Telecom teams up with Uber for mobility service
SK Telecom will provide the business infrastructure and staff to become the top shareholder, and Uber will own the second-biggest stake...
Telefonica ups digital play with Brazil loan service
Telefonica plotted the introduction of a personal credit service for its customers in Brazil, advancing ambitions to turn its Vivo brand into a digital services hub...
Viettel hopes to become leading digital telecom firm
Viettel Telecom hopes to transform into a digital telecom enterprise with the leading customer service and experience in Việt Nam...
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