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July 10, 2018
Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr sign two agreements for national roaming and mobile termination
Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr announced the signing of an amendment of the national roaming agreement sealed in June 2017...
Expo 2020 Dubai becomes first 5G major commercial customer in MEASA through partnership with Etisalat
The UAE has set another benchmark for the early adoption of advanced new technology, with Expo 2020 Dubai becoming the first major commercial customer in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to access 5G services, through its partnership with Etisalat...
Member News
•  du collaborates with Cisco to drive its digital transformation journey
Member Logo du in collaboration with Cisco, has unveiled a white paper outlining its transformational journey towards becoming an ‘ICT service provider’ by 2021...
•  Huawei to develop the new generation of ICT talent in Bahrain
Member Logo Huawei has launched the second edition of Huawei Middle East ICT Competition in Bahrain to enhance the ICT skills of the upcoming generation...
•  Nokia and China Mobile sign EUR 1 billion (US$ 1.17 billion) frame agreement
Member Logo Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement - valued at up to EUR 1 billion (US$ 1.17 billion) to support the Chinese mobile operator's transition to a future-oriented network infrastructure, while...
Recent Developments
•  Facebook wins Premier League rights for South East Asia
•  Batelco launches co-branded mobile app with the ENTERTAINER for a second year
•  The Iraqi Cabinet approves the launch of the fourth licence for mobile networks
•  STC becomes the first Saudi entity to be admitted membership to the forum of incident response and security teams
Policy and Regulation
Saudi telecoms regulator issues new rules aimed at smoothing site works
The rules are aimed for better co-ordination of telecoms works with other infrastructure providers...
BTRC invites applications for VAS services
Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has invited companies willing to offer telecommunication value added services (TVAS) to apply for registration...
Middle East
Iran records 45 million social media users
There are between 42 to 45 million social media users in Iran and the number of users on Iranian messaging apps has reached 7.5 million...
Kuwait, Huawei sign MoU to implement smart cities strategy
Kuwait has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei to implement the smart cities strategy in the country...
AI to boost UAE’s GDP by US$96 billion in 2030
UAE’s rapid adoption of AI solutions will increase the country’s GDP by US$96 billion in 2030, enabling organisations to better meet and predict customer trends as well as drive digital business innovation...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Philo TV launches on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV
Virtual MVPD Philo TV has launched on Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, adding to a growing list of platforms on which the entertainment-focused service is available...
Global Telecom Update
HT claims Croatia’s first 5G test
Croatian fixed and mobile operator Hrvatski Telekom (HT) says it has conducted the country’s first test of 5G technology on an operational network in real-world conditions...
Cloudcell and Gamma sign deal to deliver enterprise-grade, fully-managed connectivity
Cloudcell Technologies Ltd, a provider of fully-managed, enterprise-grade connectivity solutions has announced a long-term deal with Gamma, a leading supplier of voice, data and mobile products and services in the UK...
South Asia
China Mobile Pakistan deploys Huawei SingleRAN Pro
China Mobile Pakistan has deployed Huawei's SingleRAN Pro solutions on its network to allow the operator to better serve its customer base...
Qubee plans countrywide LTE launch in Bangladesh
Qubee, a WiMax internet service provider, has announced that the operator would launch LTE services across Bangladesh...
North Africa
Egypt IT/ITES sector boosts its global position
Recent international reports and research analysts highlighted the steady growth, strong performance and the resilience of the Egyptian IT sector along with the leaps that Egypt has made in the IT/ITES industry in the last...
3G and 4G Networks
T-Mobile boosts LTE coverage in New York with freed spectrum
T-Mobile has augmented its LTE coverage in New York City area by enabling CBS owned WLNY-TV to repack 600 MHz spectrum per the FCC mandate to clear spectrum for wireless providers...
Telenor Myanmar to expand LTE network to 250 townships in 2018
Telenor Myanmar has announced it is accelerating its LTE services expansion into more rural areas across the country with the aim to cover 250 townships by year-end...
Alternative Telecom
Openreach to expand FTTH to 3 million premises in the UK
Openreach has revealed that it will partner with Nokia and Huawei in its bid to rollout 3 million fibre to the home (FTTH) connections by the end of 2020...
Global opportunities in Nigeria’s technology hub
The Vice President has spoken extensively about the commitment of Government to supporting the growth of technology and creative industries in the country through its policies and reforms...
Consortium to build Singapore-HK-US cable
China Mobile International, Facebook and AWS have contracted NEC to build a new subsea cable connecting Singapore, Hong Kong and the US...
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