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November 20, 2019
Microsoft marks ADIPEC 2019 with intelligent Cloud to empower regional energy sector
Microsoft concluded its successful participation at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) 2019, as the company demonstrated a range of technological innovations to empower the energy sector in achieving more...
Barcelona City Council and Huawei sign LoI to collaborate on technology development projects
Huawei and the Barcelona City Council have signed a Letter of Intention (LoI) to collaborate in facilitating investment for innovative new technology projects in the city. The LoI was signed at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2019, in Barcelona...
Member News
•  BT to drive digital transformation with NHS Blood and Transplant
Member Logo BT is partnering with NHS Blood and Transplant, the NHS organisation that looks after blood donation in England and transplant services across the UK, to provide a technology and communications solution for England’s...
•  AT&T launches Believe Albuquerque initiative
Member Logo AT&T has launched a new initiative, which is focused on youth safety and success in Albuquerque and is teaming up with local organizations dedicated to erasing challenges facing Albuquerque’s youth...
•  Eutelsat’s KONNECT satellite ready to ship to launch site
Member Logo The all-electric KONNECT communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), for the international operator Eutelsat Communications is now undergoing final...
•  Nokia secures 50th 5G deal with Spark New Zealand
Member Logo As one of the radio access network (RAN) equipment suppliers for Spark’s 5G upgrade, Nokia will deploy its AirScale RAN solution at more than 200 sites, allowing Spark to target both consumers and enterprises with new...
Recent Developments
•  Eutelsat’s statement on FCC decision regarding C-Band spectrum
•  UAE telecom authority to host UAE 5G Conference in December
•  BT wins exclusive rights to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League until 2024
•  CAIT partners with Microsoft to upskill Kuwait’s government sector workforce and accelerate digital transformation
Policy and Regulation
El Salvador will follow AWS spectrum auction with 1900MHz band sale
El Salvador’s Electricity and Telecommunications Superintendency has announced that it will hold an auction of 20MHz of mobile spectrum in the 1900MHz band...
NCC inaugurates committee to protect Nigerians against e-Fraud
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) inaugurated a 26 member Committee to develop a Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) among stakeholders to address financial frauds via the telecom platforms...
North Africa
Orange Egypt upgrades core network in collaboration with Huawei
Orange Egypt has modernised and virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) in cooperation with Huawei...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Brazil’s Vale taps Telefónica to install 4G in mines
The network will be used primarily to support self-driving vehicles and autonomous equipment, the company said in a statement...
Satellite & Internet
Gigabit internet now available to one in 20 globally
Gigabit internet is now available to an estimated 354 million people across 51 countries, accounting for 5% of the global population...
Successful satellite tests to allow ‘Hongyun speed’ by 2020
The demonstration system for China's Hongyun Project, will become operational at the beginning of 2020, making substantial progress toward the eventual goal of providing internet connectivity to users around the world...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone extends tech partnership with Ryanair
Vodafone has secured a seven-year technology partnership with Ryanair to handle services including online booking, passenger boarding and in-flight transactions for the Irish airline in Europe...
Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and partners settle securities transactions via tokens and blockchain
A specific process - cross chain secure settlement, was followed to ensure that none of the parties had to make advance payment during the settlement process...
Middle East
HPE signs agreement with Zain to support Digital Transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
HPE will enhance Zain's product portfolio in areas including Hybrid Cloud, Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence...
Umniah launches solution to protect children online
Umniah has launched Kaspersky Safe Kids a product that promotes parental control to protect children on the internet...
Bahrain Credit drives digital transformation with Veeam
Development of digital platforms is set to provide enhanced services to the firm’s clients and the partnership assures uninterrupted access to critical data and services....
South Asia
JBS, Telenor Pakistan sign MoU
Jaffer Business Systems (JBS) and Telenor Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding to resell Alibaba Cloud Services across the country...
SLT & University of Moratuwa declare new IoT Design Innovation Lab open
SLT believes that this IoT Lab will play a key role in supporting the realization of a Smart Sri Lanka by providing the ideal environment where concepts pertaining to IoTs can be experimented and tried out...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Sun TV expects OTT 20 million subscribers by year end
Sun TV Network expects to get 20 million subscribers for its over-the-top (OTT) platform Sun NXT by year-end, helping revenues as it bolsters its app and signs agreements with an OTT player and a telecom company to expand...
Disney+ launches In Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico
On Tuesday, November 19, Disney launched its new streaming platform, Disney+ in Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico...
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