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March 6, 2019
SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit 2019 to be Held with TRA-UAE's Patronage to Visualize Impact of 5G in Boosting ICT Business and Innovation
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is gearing up for its annual Leaders’ Summit, to be held on April 18th, 2019, with the patronage of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates. The one-day leaders-only event is the seminal congregation of leaders for materializing private and government partnerships...
Etisalat celebrates UAE Innovation Month
Etisalat marked UAE Innovation Month with a series of workshops, lectures, educational activities, and competitions alongside the launch of its innovative products to instil a spirit of creativity and research...
Member News
•  AT&T Joins SAMENA Council to Advance Digital Development Efforts and Build Co-operation among Operators
Member Logo SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that AT&T, one of the world's foremost telecom companies and providers of Pay TV content, has joined members in stakeholder dialogue to address needs and issues surrounding...
•  Batelco and Cogent Communications sign agreement at Capacity Middle East 2019
Member Logo Batelco has announced the signing of an agreement with Cogent Communications. The agreement will support the Supply of Internet Traffic for Batelco and accommodate the Company’s requirements as internet usage continues...
•  AT&T joins global cyber security alliance formed by Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank and Telefónica
Member Logo The Global Telco Security Alliance announced the addition of global telecommunications leader AT&T as an equal member in the group which was launched in April 2018 by Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank and Telefónica...
•  VIVA announces nationwide 5G service with Huawei in Kuwait
Member Logo VIVA Kuwait has announced the establishment of a 5G Innovation Center, with the aim to explore, develop, and launch new 5G use cases in Kuwait by 2019...
•  Huawei release simplified “1+2” 5G microwave architecture
Member Logo At the MWC 2019, Huawei released the first 5G microwave "1+2" simplified architecture in industrial. With this simplified architecture, 1* dual band antenna plus 2* any band (6-86GHz) RF unit,..
Policy and Regulation
MinTIC to stage delayed 700MHz auction in October
Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communications has confirmed that it expects to stage the auction of 700MHz spectrum in October this year...
NBTC passes recall resolution
The board of the telecom regulator has passed a resolution to recall 190 megahertz of unused bandwidth on the 2600MHz range to prepare spectrum bandwidth for the upcoming 5G auction...
North Africa
UiPath partners with ITIDA to accelerate automation skills development in Egypt
ITIDA will introduce the UiPath Academic Alliance Program to develop and empower a skilled talent pool...
Jumia strikes partnership deal with Xiaomi
African bases e-commerce platform, Jumia has signed a partnership with Xiaomi at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, giving millions of users in Africa easy access to Xiaomi products...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Bakcell expands LTE with over 800 base stations in 2018
Azerbaijan mobile operator Bakcell announced that its LTE network has reached all regions across the country...
Tata and Syniverse combine to create world’s first 5G ready IPX network interconnection
The new collaboration will build on a pre-existing agreement between the two firms...
Global Telecom Update
Vietnam to establish National Innovation Centre
Vietnam is all set to launch a project to establish a National Innovation Centre in Hanoi to help lay the groundwork for Vietnam to capitalize on the Industry 4.0 era...
KT completes mobile edge computing centres for 5G
South Korean telco KT has built mobile edge computing telecom centres in 8 major cities in the country to bring out the max capacity of 5G's low latency...
Middle East
Etisalat launches first of its kind unlimited data ‘Freedom’ plan promotion
Etisalat has announced the launch of its promotion of unlimited data on ‘Freedom’ Plan, providing postpaid customers with unlimited data and fastest download speed on the UAE’s widest network...
Majority of Saudi IT firms see cloud cost savings
Saudi organizations are increasingly moving to the cloud for cost savings, with nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of IT decision-makers in the Kingdom saving costs on the cloud...
Middle East ripe for transition to digital payments
Network International processed approximately 680 million transactions across the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 and just under US$40 billion in volume...
South Asia
USF conducts a study for enhancing digital inclusion in Pakistan
USF is looking for a consultation firm for enhancing digital inclusion in Pakistan...
Banglalink's Q4 revenue grows 1.3 percent boosted by data usage growth
Banglalink saw its total revenue increase by 1.3 percent year-on-year, while mobile service revenue rose 2.6 percent on year-on-year basis...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Sky Austria launches streaming offering Sky X
Sky has launched a streaming-only option, Sky X, in the Austrian market, the latest iteration of its move away from satellite and cable distribution and all-in packages to extend its reach to a broader base of consumers...
New content partners for STV Player
STV has added international content providers, Flame Distribution and Jukin Media, to its video on demand service...
Alternative Telecom
Cogeco Peer 1 to invest in fiber networks
Having struck a with Canada’s Cogeco Communications to acquire managed services and colocation provider, Cogeco Peer 1 has pledged to invest in fiber networks in Toronto and Montreal...
Vodafone Deutschland upgrades more homes to Gigabit speed
Vodafone Deutschland has upgraded 134,000 cable homes in the city of Lübeck in northern Germany to receive Gigabit broadband...
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