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April 14, 2019
STC Group CEO, Eng. Nasser Bin Sulaiman Al Nasser wins 2019 Top CEO award
STC Group CEO, Eng. Nasser Bin Sulaiman Al Nasser, won first place as the best chief executive officer for the year 2019 in the ICT sector in the 2019 "Top CEO" awards and conference, which was held in Manama...
Batelco and Gulf Air renew partnership agreement
Batelco and Gulf Air have renewed their partnership agreement for a further 3-year term to provide Batelco’s Al Dana Club members and high valued customers with superior benefits...
Member News
•  Sudatel Telecom Group posts net profit of US$32 million for 2018
Member Logo The Board of Directors of Sudatel Telecom Group has approved the Group’s financial results for the year ended Dec 31, 2018 at its board meeting held at The Group’s head office in Khartoum...
•  Zain recognized by Amazon's Ring
Member Logo The recognition came to highlight Zain’s leadership in being the first telecom operator to officially offer Ring’s smart home products and solutions in the Middle East region as part of the Zain LIFE smart home...
•  AT&T to offer mobile 5G in 7 more cities
Member Logo AT&T mobile 5G service is now live in parts of 7 more cities, including Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose...
•  Orange Jordan offers the eSIM for the first time in Jordan
Member Logo Chief Consumer Market Officer at Orange Jordan, Naila Al Dawoud announced that the company will soon launch the eSIM for all existing and new subscribers of mobile lines and for the first time in Jordan...
•  PLDT, Cisco team up for 5G-ready IP transport network
Member Logo PLDT has partnered with Cisco to help transform its IP transport infrastructure into a fully automated software defined 5G-ready IP transport network...
Policy and Regulation
TRA to launch online registration for domain names
The use of the national domain name also ensures the preservation of intellectual and commercial property rights for well-known trade makers locally and internationally...
Ofcom launches trio of consultations related to future of landline services
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom has launched three separate consultations related to the future use of telephone numbers, and the necessary working arrangements between networks...
Middle East
Abu Dhabi authority and Microsoft to establish ‘Cloud Centre of Excellence’
This partnership is aligned with ADSSSA’s strategy and ongoing commitment to drive Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation and adoption of emerging technologies...
Abu-Ghazaleh partners with Waseela to offer innovative AI and IoT based solutions regionally
This will allow Waseela to leverage combined expertise to deliver AI and IoT based solutions to solve complicated business problems for customers across the region...
Saudi Arabia sets sights on space exploration
With the establishment of the Saudi Space Agency, Riyadh could organise Saudi space efforts more strategically and support the aims of Saudi Vision 2030...
South Asia
FTTH service launched in Janakpur, Nepal
Nepal Telecom has come up with the FTTH based next generation network technology, for high speed broadband internet service...
SLT offers benefits for customers
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) who regularly offers a host of numerous benefits for its valued customers during festive periods, has made a wide array of offers for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year...
Global Telecom Update
Econet to invest in network overhaul
Telecoms giant, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is set to pour millions into a project to upgrade its obsolete equipment...
ITU acknowleges Cuba's advances in using ITs
The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, has acknowledged in Geneva Cuba''s advances in expanding the use of information technology...
North Africa
Tunisie Telecom and 3S sign MoU to launch Tunisia’s first IoT network
Incumbent operator Tunisie Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding with IT firm 3S for the launch of a LoRaWAN Internet Of Things (IoT) national network developed by LoRa Alliance...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Poland’s Play launches OTT platform
The Polish mobile operator Play has officially launched its OTT service Play Now TV...
Disney unveils plan for ‘rapid’ global expansion of Disney+
Disney has given investors a first glimpse into its new SVOD service, which is to launch on November 12 with a “rapid” global expansion planned within the next two years...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Ceragon to deploy 4G network in Equatorial Guinea
Muni’s 4G network will cover 330,000 people on Bioko, plus parts of the mainland, with nationwide coverage eventually planned. Ceragon expects the project to be completed by the end of 2019...
Malaysian telcos hit 1-5Gbps high-speed Internet during 5G tests
Malaysian telcos running tests on their 5G network preparedness ahead of the coming 5G Malaysia Showcase proved it was possible to hit wireless Internet speeds of close to 5Gbps...
KT launches nationwide commercial 5G network in South Korea
KT, South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, has officially launched its nationwide 5G wireless network in the country...
Alternative Telecom
AfricaOnline’s JOLA satellite broadband service now live in Ghana
AfricaOnline Ghana has launched a new satellite broadband service promising 100% coverage of the country through multiple spot beams...
Oxagile, Vimond partner on tailored OTT
Content management and distribution platform provider Vimond is teaming with video software developer Oxagile to serve media, broadcast and dedicated over-the-top providers...
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