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November 7, 2020
BT Group hits 100% renewable electricity milestone worldwide and helps 5.7 million people in the UK with Top Tips on Tech campaign
BT Group announced that its network, offices and shops worldwide are now powered with 100% renewable electricity. The company also announced that its ground breaking Top Tips on Tech campaign has helped 5.7 million people across the UK to learn and stay connected during the Covid-19 global pandemic...
Member News
•  William E. Kennard named Chairman of AT&T’s Board of Directors
Member Logo The board of directors of AT&T has selected William E. Kennard to serve as its chairman, effective January 2021, upon the retirement of Randall Stephenson, currently AT&T’s executive chairman of the board...
•  Tech Mahindra and Subex partner to drive scale adoption of blockchain-based solutions for telecom operators globally
Member Logo The partnership will enable real-time reconciliation reports with summarized data to minimize discrepancies, leading to a reduction of multiple validations and quick dispute resolution through tamper-proof verifiable...
•  Huawei brings over 220,000 jobs in Europe
Member Logo In an Oxford Economics report released recently titled The Economic Impact of Huawei, Huawei was found to have contributed EUR16.4 billion to Europe's GDP and supported 224,300 jobs in 2019...
Policy and Regulation
TRA UAE warns of security vulnerability in WhatsApp
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has warned of a security loophole in WhatsApp for iOS that could allow the execution of malicious code, memory corruption and crashes.
Ofcom finalizes regulations for upcoming 700MHz, 3.6GHz-3.8GHz auction
British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the finalizing of regulations relating to the planned award of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz bands...
South Asia
PTA unveils strategy for faster 4G LTE and 5G in Pakistan
PTA has published “Rolling Spectrum Strategy 2020-2023”, observing that C-band is a core spectrum band for 5G deployment and recommended for a cost-benefit analysis to assess the optimum approach for its release...
E-commerce to be a US$3 billion industry by 2023
Currently, the size of the local e-commerce market in Bangladesh is about US$2 billion and is increasing by 50% every year...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Celona raises $30 million for private LTE/5G
Celona is developing its solution that fully automates the deployment and operations of private LTE/5G wireless networks within the enterprise...
IM, INWIT collaborate to deploy 5G small cells in Italy’s major cities
The collaboration will begin in Milan and Genoa where it is expected to install about 100 small cells and will continue in other cities and places with high traffic density...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
WhatsApp launches payment service in India
WhatsApp began the widespread rollout of its payment service in India after multiple regulatory challenges, with backing from the country’s largest banks...
Beeline launches ‘4in1’ streaming and pay TV combination
ViP Paly provides access to movies, series, cartoon, factual, entertainment and sports content, including international blockbuster premieres...
Middle East
Digital transformation in Saudi Arabia played key role in tackling COVID-19 crisis
Thanks to the advanced infrastructure of the country, the Saudi authorities have set an unprecedented example of dealing with crises and problems facing the economy in the wake of the pandemic...
Bahrain govt achieves cloud infrastructure milestone
The move is in line with Bahrain's cloud-first policy and represents a milestone in the migration of information and data belonging to all government entities to the cloud...
Executive Committee approves a strategy for Abu Dhabi government cyber security
The strategy will enable government and non-government entities to proactively face cyber threats and develop skills and capabilities, while helping to reduce risk...
North Africa
Vodafone Egypt bags additional 2.6GHz spectrum
According to Vodafone Group, the new frequencies will enable Vodafone Egypt to significantly expand network capacity to meet the growing demand for reliable, high-quality voice and data services...
Satellite & Internet
Broadband boost for village home workers
The community took advantage of the Gigabit Voucher Scheme which is part of the department for media, culture & sport’s initiative to improve rural broadband speeds...
China successfully sends world’s first 6G satellite into orbit to test technology
The experimental satellite containing sixth-generation telecommunications technology was launched into Earth’s orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center...
Global Telecom Update
Airtel Africa to sell 4,500 towers
Airtel Africa announced plans to shed 4,500 towers across five countries to aid the company in reducing its US$3.5 billion debt, and prepare for upcoming repayment dates...
Ontario investing to improve and expand broadband, cellular
As part of Ontario’s broadband and cellular action plan, ICON is one of several provincial initiatives underway to improve connectivity across Northern, Eastern, and Southwestern Ontario...
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