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September 9, 2019
SES selects SpaceX to launch groundbreaking O3b mPOWER MEO communications system
SES has selected SpaceX as a launch partner to deliver its next-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation into space on board Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral. The two companies have disrupted the industry in the past when SES became the first to launch a commercial GEO satellite with SpaceX, and later as the first ever payload on a SpaceX reusable rocket...
TRA UAE to launch innovative projects at GITEX Technology Week 2019
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, is set to launch 10 innovative projects during the GITEX Technology Week 2019, representing a new set of contributions from the TRA to enhance the smart lifestyle in the UAE...
Member News
•  Omantel launches a dedicated International Network Operation Centre to enhance global wholesale customer experience
Member Logo INOC enables Omantel to meet Customer Experience Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) while troubleshooting network issues before they can impact service quality...
•  U.K's digital only banks on track to triple customers to 35 million in the next 12 months: Accenture
Member Logo Digital only banks operating in the U.K. could amass a total of 35 million customers globally within the next 12 months, up from 13 million today, based on current growth rates, according to new research from Accenture...
•  Innovative 5G applications reveal new experiences at Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day
Member Logo The fifth Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day was held in Chengdu, at which Huawei and partners showcased a variety of innovative industry applications to demonstrate the infinite potential of 5G commercial applications...
Policy and Regulation
Thai government presses for CAT, TOT tie-up
Thailand’s digital ministry is tipped to be pressing ahead with plans to turnaround the fortunes of state-run TOT and CAT Telecom, readying a proposal which would see the pair complete a merger by mid-2020...
TRA UAE to launch innovative projects at GITEX Technology Week 2019
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, is set to launch 10 innovative projects during the GITEX Technology Week 2019, representing a new set of contributions from the TRA to enhance the smart lifestyle in the...
Middle East
Etisalat and du mark Dubai Metro anniversary
Telecom operators in the UAE marked the anniversary of Dubai Metro by changing the network name on mobile handsets...
Fawry eyes expansion in UAE, KSA, Kuwait
The digital payments company plans to expand into the United Arab Emirates by the end of the year and also hopes to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 2020...
CrediMax partners with payment international enterprise (PIE) to incorporate maxwallet QR payments
This collaboration will expand MaxWallet acceptance across Bahrain and will be available on PIE's mPOS devices, currently present in 1,500 points covering all major SMEs throughout the Kingdom...
South Asia
Telenor and Axiata call off proposed merger in Asia
The pair sited a number of complexities that led to the cancellation of the deal but did not rule out the possibility of reigniting discussions further down the line...
Blockchain-enabled smartphone set to launch in Bangladesh
Finney, the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone, will soon be rolled out in Bangladesh, during a time when the number of smartphone users has been increasing in the country rapidly...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Globecast expands OTT capabilities in AIP partnership
Globecast has teamed with Ad Insertion Platform (AIP) to expand its TV everywhere OTT video platform via the integration of additional server-side dynamic ad insertion (SSDAI) capabilities...
Viaplay to launch in Iceland
Nordic streaming and broadcasting outfit Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) is to launch its Viaplay streaming service in Iceland in the first half of next year...
North Africa
RITSEC launches regional initiative for knowledge, innovation in Egypt
The initiative aims to support development of Egypt's information technology community and share knowledge from the north countries to Africa and the Arab region...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Russian mobile operators improve LTE footprint
Four major Russian mobile operators raised the number of LTE base stations by 21 percent in January-July of this year...
China Telecom joins hands with China Unicom to build 5G network
Two of China’s big three state telecommunications companies, China Telecom and China Unicom, have entered an agreement to build a 5G mobile network in a bid to reduce costs...
MTS celebrates 5G milestones in Russia with Huawei, Nokia and Qualcomm
MTS has celebrated multiple 5G 'firsts' in Russia, including the first test of a preproduction Samsung 5G smartphone in the country, as well as launching the first continuously operable mid-band 5G pilot zones...
Satellite & Internet
PLDT to launch 2 new subsea cables in Asia Pacific
The cables will connect the Philippines with a number of strategic hubs across the Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific region...
Kacific1 satellite to stream broadband to New Zealand
New Zealand broadband company Gravity Internet is planning to use a new satellite, Kacific1, to offer broadband services to rural areas of the country...
Global Telecom Update
SKT takes quantum leap in telecoms encryption
SK Telecom's quantum cryptography technology has obtained preliminary approval as an international standard during an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland...
Vietnam attends ITU Telecom World 2019 in Hungary
Vietnam is joining more than 100 other countries and territories at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2019, taking place in Budapest from September 9-12...
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