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April 27, 2019
STC has contributed SAR 168 billion to the Kingdom's GDP over 19 years
STC contributed a total of 168 billion Saudi Riyals to the Saudi Arabian GDP from 2000 to the end of 2018. According to STC's 2018 annual report, this amount is made-up of the value of government fees paid to the state in addition to the state's share of annual profits...
Telecom Egypt signs LoI offering PEACE redundancy in exchange for competitive pricing on fiber optic cables
Telecom Egypt signed a binding letter of intent (LoI) with Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network Co. and its affiliate HENGTONG OPTIC-ELECTRIC, the Chinese technology and industrial giant, enriching the partnership between PEACE and Telecom Egypt further and extending it to other service lines...
Member News
•  Batelco hosts luncheon in honour of media representatives
Member Logo The lunch was hosted by Batelco to extend their appreciation to the media for the vital role they play in covering news from across all sectors in the Kingdom...
•  SES announces first quarter results
Member Logo Continued focus on execution has delivered major wins in the Networks business which is soon to be enhanced with the addition of four new O3b satellites, successfully launched at the beginning of April 2019...
•  Nokia Corporation releases interim report for Q1 2019
Member Logo Nokia announced its Q1 2019 earnings on April 25, 2019. The complete interim report for Q1 2019 with tables is available at
•  Huawei launches Cloud & AI Innovation Lab in Singapore
Member Logo Huawei has announced the launch of Cloud & AI Innovation Lab in Singapore. The lab will cultivate local AI talents, bridge Singapore with state-of-art AI technologies globally, and accelerate Cloud & AI innovations. All...
Recent Developments
•  Viu announces eight Viu Original titles and aims to release over 80 titles in 2019 to reinforce its commitment to content creation
•  Etisalat Group Reports consolidated Net Profit of AED 2.2 billion in first quarter of 2019
•  Huawei previews "Innovation 2.0" at Global Analyst Summit
•  Huawei: Region’s 5G ecosystem growing faster than expected
Policy and Regulation
RIPE NCC and CITRA successfully holds IPv6 capacity-building workshop in Kuwait
The session was attended by some of Kuwait's top Internet service providers (ISPs), telecom operators, and other relevant organizations...
TRA Bahrain to host .BH Domains Workshop
In an effort to evolve the Domain Name distribution channels, marketing strategy and registration system, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is hosting a .BH domain name workshop for registrars, resellers and...
Arcep consults on plan to make fixed phone numbers portable across geographic areas
French telecom regulator Arcep has published a draft decision for public consultation proposing to allow users to keep their fixed phone number when moving to a different area code...
South Asia
HBL collaborates with Visa to launch QR payments service in Pakistan
HBL and Visa have collaborated to launch Visa on mobile, a QR-based mobile payments service that allows consumers in Pakistan to make instant and secure payments on the go...
Red Hat to empower local businesses with open source solutions
Red Hat has been undergoing a massive digital transformation aiming to expand it’s business in Bangladesh...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Movistar Peru brings 3G and 4G to Vilcashuaman
The rollout, which will benefit more than 8,000 residents, is part of the ‘Internet for All’ initiative which seeks to extend mobile internet access to more than six million citizens in rural and remote areas of...
Vodafone, Orange to share 5G networks in Spain
Vodafone has extended its Spanish network-sharing agreement with Orange to include, amongst other things, joint use of 5G sites...
Global Telecom Update
Docomo, Itochu Logistics test IoT for delivery-fleet management in US
The solution uses devices compatible with low-power, wide-area LTE-M technology to track the status of outsourced trucks in their fleets...
HT Mostar and Ericsson Nikola Tesla ink new deals
The contracts will provide for the modernisation of HT Mostar’s mobile network monitoring system, the expansion of its information management system and increased coverage of the MSO’s radio access network...
Middle East
Huawei hosts IP technology forum in Dubai
The event saw discussions on key topics such as IP technology development, IP protocols and standards, industry cooperation, and service applications by over 150 IP experts...
StarLink collaborates with Oracle to help IT professionals in KSA and UAE
StarLink has signed up with Oracle University to deliver training through its well-established facilities, both digital learning as well as instructor-led courses for Oracle Database Security...
Vocalink and Saudi Payments to introduce real-time payments to Saudi Arabia
The new technology will positively impact the Kingdom’s economy by upgrading its payments infrastructure, significantly speeding up digital commerce...
North Africa
Orange Telecom launches “Orange Digital Centre” in Tunisia
Orange has launched the “Orange Digital Centre” in Tunis, a place built around a completely new concept and entirely dedicated to innovation...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Telenet Belgium launches Horizon 4 platform
Telenet has launched its next-generation TV entertainment platform, Horizon 4 – known as the Telenet TV Box in Belgium...
iflix partners Malaysia’s Media Prima
iflix has sealed a deal with Malaysian entertainment company Media Prima to integrate its streaming service tonton to the platform...
Alternative Telecom
AzerTelecom, China Telecom sign strategic MoU within Digital HUB program
The Strategic Memorandum of Understanding creates opportunities for cooperation and partnership in the direction of transmission of China`s Internet traffic via the new digital telecommunications corridor between Europe and...
Cyta covers 10,000 homes with fiber
Going forward, 200,000 homes across Cyprus with have access to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services over the next ten years, with 60% of the project to be completed within four years...
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