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May 15, 2018
Increase by 1.5 Billion of STC’s procurement from local SMEs
STC announced launching (Rawafed) program to enhance local content and innovation. The company`s initiatives succeeded in raising its procurements from SMEs to more than 24% of total procurements...
Member News
•  Facebook to empower youth and entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka
Member Logo Facebook’s global ‘Boost Your Business’ program is now available for the youth and entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka...
•  DE-CIX expands GlobePEER Remote Service to Marseille and increases multiple-site interconnection
Member Logo From Q3 2018 on, DE-CIX Marseille customers can use their existing access locally to peer remotely at other DE-CIX locations. So far, the DE-CIX platforms in Frankfurt...
Recent Developments
•  STC launches the first live 5G network in MENA
•  Etisalat launches first commercial 5G network in the MENA region
•  du achieves PCI-DSS compliance across all its payment channels and data centre hosting services
•  Batelco Empowers Digitisation in the Education Sector
Policy and Regulation
JCI receives regulatory certifications for u-LTE base station
Japan Communications Inc has received Japan’s first regulatory certification under The Radio Law and Telecommunications Business Law to establish an unlicensed LTE (u-LTE) base station in the country...
South Asia
Nepal Telecom introduces summer offer
Nepal Telecom (NTC) has brought a set of new data packs with the new summer offer which are valid for a 90 day period...
3G and 4G Networks
Vivo covers 100% of Sao Paulo municipalities with 4G
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo now has Vivo 4G mobile coverage in all of its municipalities. The operator completed the 4G expansion in April...
Alternative Telecom
Safaricom deploys 5,000km of fiber to serve 141,000 homes
Kenyan fixed and mobile operator Safaricom has announced that it has deployed more than 5,000km of fiber-optic cabling, passing some 141,000 Kenyan households in the process...
Pakistan to develop indigenous satellites
Pakistan plans to establish an indigenous facility for development of satellites in accordance with international space standards under its annual development plan for 2018-19...
Global Telecom Update
BT-owned EE to launch commercial 5G services in 2019
BT owned EE could launch commercial 5G services as early as next year, a year ahead of the government's rollout plans...
Filament brings blockchain capabilities to existing IoT devices
Startup Filament is adding another layer of abstraction and utility to the blockchain with a new plug-and-play hardware device that allows “internet of things” devices to access the distributed digital ledger...
Middle East
Turkcell deploying Ericsson Radio Dot for indoor gigabit connectivity
Turkey’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Turkcell has announced it is deploying ‘indoor gigabit connectivity’ using the Ericsson Radio Dot System...
Dubai Tourism signs strategic agreement with digital giant internet company Tencent
Dubai Tourism has forged a strategic alliance with China’s Tencent to elevate the positioning of Dubai as the preferred destination for Chinese travellers, and enhancing their holistic experience across the city...
UAE digital bank attracts 10,000 new customers per month
Liv., the lifestyle digital, mobile-only bank for millennials launched by Emirates NBD, has attracted 10,000 new customers every month during its first year of operations...
North Africa
Chinese companies strategic partners in Libya's telecom sector
Chinese companies are strategic partners to develop the telecommunications sector in Libya according to Libya's General Authority for Communications and Information...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Spanish pay-TV growth continues
Pay-TV revenues in Spain increased by 14% in 2017, according to data published by the regulator CNMC...
Bangladesh’s first e-commerce portal for leather products launched
Bangladesh’s first online portal for selling leather products to domestic and international consumers was launched on Monday...
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