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January 8, 2019
Zain Saudi Arabia signs deal with Alibaba Cloud, Jawraa to serve business customers
Zain Saudi Arabia (KSA) has signed an MoU with Alibaba Cloud and Jawraa, which is Alibaba Group's local partner, to promote private cloud computing for businesses in the kingdom...
Member News
•  First Women's Council for telco industry in UAE launched by du
Member Logo The first Women’s Council for the telco industry in the United Arab Emirates has been launched...
Recent Developments
•  Etisalat Digital accelerates adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in the region
•  Huawei moves to dispel security concerns about its products
•  Batelco charters plane to transport Bahrain national team fans to attend opening match of Asian Cup
•  SAMENA Council emphasizes on spectrum harmonization and endorses operators’ support to Saudi 5G public-policy vision
Policy and Regulation
NBTC targets digital literacy
The NBTC is hoping to prepare the workforce for 5G, which is expected to bring benefits to industry and create disruption in the existing workforce...
Ofcom to hold public meetings on proposed Annual Plan
Ofcom is holding public meetings in Belfast, Cardiff, London and Edinburgh this month to gain feedback on our proposed Annual Plan, which outlines the planned areas of work for the next financial year...
North Africa
Funds required towards ICTs for NGOs in Libya
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) requires the funds to cover the provision of internet connectivity services, an information and communications technology (ICT) helpdesk and facilitate emergency communications...
3G and 4G Networks
Toyota and Lexus vehicles will get AT&T 4G LTE Wi-Fi this fall
Toyota's Global Communications Platform partnership with KDDI allows for remote vehicle diagnostics and safety response services...
Argentina targets 93% 4G coverage by end-2019
The last two years have seen the total number of 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in service increase more than 150%, from 7,600 to more than 20,000 – delivering coverage to more than 58% of the population in...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
SK Telecom ventures into US broadcasting with Sinclair deal
SK Telecom is getting into the U.S. broadcasting market, via a newly announced joint venture with Sinclair Broadcast Group centered around commercializing next-generation TV transmission in the U.S. market in 2019...
STV Player to launch on Sky for first time
STV has struck a new five-year strategic partnership with pay TV operator Sky that will give Sky customers in Scotland access to STV’s regional variants in full HD, as well as STV’s VOD service, STV Player...
Alternative Telecom
Telenet selects Teleste for optical equipment upgrades supporting DOCSIS 3.1 rollout
Telenet has selected Finland-based Teleste to supply optical network products as part of an upgrade project to install 1.2GHz-capable equipment in Telenet’s infrastructure...
Intel, Comcast lead cable industry efforts to deliver 10G broadband, Wi-Fi 6 in the home
Intel announced at CES 2019 that it has signed a new deal with Comcast to help bring 10 Gbps speeds and Wi-Fi 6 to homes...
Middle East
Dubai's smart city ambitions set to hit new milestone
Smart living is set to soon become a reality as telecoms operator du finalises plans to deliver services at Silicon Park, Dubai’s first integrated smart city project taking shape at Dubai Silicon Oasis...
MBC launches 'Shahid Original' productions
MBC's Shahid service will be making its first investments into originally produced, exclusive and cutting-edge content in 2019...
Oman to launch new app for visa services
Visa services could soon be available via the Royal Oman Police (ROP) app, according to a senior officer...
KFH goes live on RippleNet for money transfer service
Kuwait Finance House (KFH), a member of RippleNet, has started operating an instant cross-border remittance service “Instant International Transfer” using Ripple’s blockchain technology...
South Asia
‘WeChat Pay’ launched in Sri Lanka to help tourists
Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka now have the added benefit of purchasing goods and services and paying for them through the mobile payment solution, ‘WeChat Pay’...
PTCL injects investment in U Microfinance Bank
The capital injection will enable the bank to further capitalize on the growth opportunities in Pakistan’s microfinance sector...
Global Telecom Update
T-Mobile ramps up 5G preparations with world's first 600MHz call
T-Mobile, Ericsson and Intel have conducted the world's first 5G video call to use spectrum in the 600MHz band...
Viettel looking to expand to North Korea
Vietnam's Viettel is reportedly exploring expanding into multiple other international markets, including potentially North Korea...
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