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January 12, 2019
VIVA inaugurates its Flagship Store at Avenues Mall – Phase 4
VIVA Kuwait has inaugurated its flagship store at Avenues Mall – phase 4, in addition to its branch and booth at phase 1...
Member News
•  PLDT, Google to offer free Wi-Fi in Philippines
Member Logo The Philippines' PLDT, via wireless subsidiary Smart, has entered a collaboration with Google to extend free Wi-Fi services to the Philippines...
•  Huawei launches ICT training centre, opens new headquarters in Amman
Member Logo Huawei Technologies inaugurated its new headquarters in Amman and launched the Huawei Academy Jordan...
Recent Developments
•  Zain Saudi Arabia signs deal with Alibaba Cloud, Jawraa to serve business customers
•  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
Policy and Regulation
TRA UAE tweets receive 6 million impressions in 2018
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) tweets on the social media platform “Twitter” received 64 million impressions in 2018, with more than 5613 tweets, as well as more than 302K visits to its Twitter...
Oman TRA, PDO ink pact to fund training of 200 job seekers
As per government's directives to support SMEs and provide job opportunities to Omani youth, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petroleum Development...
South Asia
Blockchain based remittances service launched in Pakistan
Telenor Microfinance Bank, in partnership with Valyou of Malaysia, has introduced Pakistan’s first blockchain-based cross-border remittance service, powered by industry-leading blockchain technology developed by...
edotco strengthens presence in Sri Lanka
edotco is set to reinforce its commitment and grow its presence in Sri Lanka through the provision of innovative next generation telecommunication solutions...
3G and 4G Networks
Freedom customers see LTE connections ahead of Feb launch
Freedom Mobile plans to extend LTE coverage to several new locations in 2019...
Giraffe has high hopes for 4G
Ukrainian wireless broadband operator Intellecom (trading as Giraffe) is considering the option of participating in an upcoming open tender for a transition to 4G LTE technology...
Global Telecom Update
Two-thirds of global firms plan to harness 5G by 2020: Gartner
Nearly 66 per cent of companies globally plan to install 5G by 2020, while Internet of Things (IoT) will remain the principle use of the faster, more efficient technology, according to US researcher Gartner...
Lifecell deploying NB-IoT
Lifecell says it has completed a ‘first stage’ of NB-IoT technology rollout using its LTE network and the 1800MHz spectrum band, which will enable connection of tens of thousands of smart devices per base...
Middle East
Iranian fintech firms carve their place in fast-changing landscape
Fintech firms in Iran have overcome significant hurdles during the past year toparticipate in devising regulations and setting the stage to change the country's financial landscape...
Turkcell presented at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference
Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell and CFO Osman Yilmaz spoke at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference, highlighting how Turkcell has been transformed into a Digital Operator...
Umbrella group to address cutting edge IT communications tech needs in Oman
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced the establishment of Omani Information Technology and Communications Group, an entity owned by State General Reserve Fund...
North Africa
Algeria’s 1st comm. satellite Alcomsat-1 records multiple successes
Just after a few months of Alcomsat-1's launch, it successfully accomplished some of its missions like the broadcasting of five public television channels (National programme, Canal Algerie, TVA3, TV4 and TV5) and 57...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Simplestream enhances VOD in a Box platform
Simplestream has strengthened its VOD in a Box technology with download for offline viewing and Chromecast integration across its mobile devices...
Singtel's Dash teams with Wirecard to support Apple Pay
Wirecard has expanded its partnership with Singtel’s Dash to support the Dash mobile wallet’s Visa Virtual Account over Apple Pay...
Alternative Telecom
BLUETOWN, Microsoft enable internet access in eastern Ghana
Denmark-based BLUETOWN has announced an agreement with Microsoft to connect approximately 800,000 unserved people to the internet in eastern Ghana...
Telekom enables 250Mbps speeds for 2 million homes
Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has enabled maximum fixed broadband speeds of 250Mbps for an additional two million households over the last four weeks...
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