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February 10, 2019
ALFA opens new Alfa stores in Solidere and Jbeil
Alfa, managed by Orascom TMT, opened two new stores in Solidere and Jbeil as part of its expansion plan in Lebanon, bringing the total number of stores to 15, and as confirmed by Alfa CEO and Chairman Marwan Hayek “the expansion strategy is ongoing until reaching 20 stores across Lebanon”...
STC announces the largest 5G network in the Middle East
Following the launch of its first live 5G network in May 2018, STC has announced that it provided 450 locations with 5G network across the Kingdom as an initial phase, achieving the highest reach level in the MENA Region and one of the highest reach levels worldwide...
Member News
•  du partners with World Government Summit
Member Logo du has announced its participation for the sixth time at the World Government Summit as a headline partner. du will participate in discussions on the importance of digital innovation in promoting the progress of countries...
•  swyp sponsors Beach Canteen at Dubai Food Festival 2019
Member Logo Millennial mobile digital platform swyp has announced its sponsorship of the Beach Canteen at Sunset Beach during this year’s Dubai Food Festival...
•  Mobily Business to be strategic partner in the Exhibition and Conference for IoT
Member Logo Mobily Business is participating in the Saudi International Exhibition and Conference for IoT as a strategic partner, which is taking place on Wednesday, 13th thru Friday, 15th of February, in Riyadh at the Riyadh...
•  INJAZ Bahrain partners up with Google Arabia to launch 'Maharat Min Google' program
Member Logo The program was held over the course of one day, and it focused on teaching the participants about the importance of digital marketing. The main purpose of Maharat Min Google is to shed light on why it’s important to...
•  Cisco completes acquisition of Luxtera
Member Logo Cisco has completed the acquisition of privately-held Luxtera, Inc, a semiconductor company that uses silicon photonics to build integrated optics capabilities...
Policy and Regulation
Bahrain TRA removes wholesale ex-ante regulation from terminating messaging services
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published its final determination in relation to its review of competition in the wholesale Mobile Termination Markets in Bahrain...
PTA, ICANN organize workshop on DNS misuse
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in collaboration with ICANN organized a workshop on “Domain Name System (DNS) Abuse and Misuse” at PTA Headquarters Islamabad...
South Asia
Pakistan Post starts e-commerce service
Pakistan Post has started e-commerce service to facilitate business organizations in the country...
Sri Lanka Telecom partners with Capital Trust Properties
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) entered into a partnership with Capital Trust Properties to power two new apartment complexes with SLT's fiber connectivity as the Digital Services Provider...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Net1 Indonesia 4G network now present in disadvantaged regions
Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia has reportedly deployed its new 450MHz network in 26,124 villages and 261 cities/regencies throughout Indonesia by the end of 2018...
BSNL taps Ciena to prepare network for 5G
The two parties plan to jointly evaluate front haul, mid haul and backhaul transport-based use cases and scenarios to address resiliency requirements and latency concerns...
Global Telecom Update
Verizon prepares for 3.5 GHz tests in Boston, Phoenix
As the Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) ecosystem prepares for take-off, Verizon continues to conduct propagation modeling at 3.5 GHz...
Aboitiz, 6 other firms join common tower program
ABOITIZ InfraCapital has joined six other companies, mostly foreign entities, that intend to take part in Philippines common tower program...
Middle East
Empower youth ‘to leverage AI for economic growth: PWC
Middle East must empower its youth to leverage the economic gains of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and drive the data economies of tomorrow, according to a latest report by PwC...
OABC hosts Tech Talk in collaboration with Cisco
Following the success of its first Tech Talk, the Oman American Business Center (OABC) recently hosted its second such event in partnership with worldwide technology leader Cisco...
Saudi Arabia's largest ever coding initiative reaches over 1 million people
The Misk Foundation recorded more than one million participants in the second edition of Saudi Codes, the largest initiative of its kind ever held in the Saudi Arabia...
North Africa
Moroccan internet penetration reached 86% in 2018
Eighty-six percent of Moroccan internet users or 22.56 million people go online daily, 11 percent weekly, and 2 percent monthly according to a latest report...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
European football announces new OTT channel
UEFA is all set to launch an online video platform within the next six months...
Starz to debut in Canada as Lionsgate ramps up integration and international expansion
Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada...
Alternative Telecom
Shaw completes fiber network enhancements with Fujitsu
Shaw Communications has completed a fiber optic transport network upgrade involving deployment of the Fujitsu 1FINITY platform and Virtuora Network Control software...
Successful launch for Hellas Sat 4
Hellas Sat 4 has been successfully launched by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana...
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