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December 23, 2020
‘Shlonik’ App wins Salem Al Ali Informatics Award 2020
The app was developed by Zain early this year in joint collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Kuwait...
Member News
•  AT&T launches 5G+ in Downtown Tampa
Member Logo AT&T has launched its 5G+ service in parts of Downtown Tampa, starting with the Channel District with more areas to come...
•  Huawei and ICPC successfully held the Huawei Cloud scheduling challenge
Member Logo As part of the event, Huawei and NERC held the Cloud scheduling challenge on the Codeforces platform, attracting more than 8000 outstanding program design and algorithm experts from 38 countries...
Recent Developments
•  Mobily expands managed services partnership in Saudi Arabia
•  New launch - Jawwal Fast Login
•  BT leads consortium to deliver 'Future Flight' drones project to revolutionise airspace
•  Batelco opens new concept retail shop at Seef Mall
Policy and Regulation
Hungary regulator confirms operators for 5G auction
Hungarian operator DIGI Hungary was confirmed to not be participating in the country’s upcoming spectrum auction, with its three main rivals Magyar Telekom, Telenor, and Vodafone Hungary registering...
South Asia
Wahyd to disrupt the logistics industry of Pakistan
Wahyd Logistics is set to digitally disrupt the logistics industry of Pakistan by offering an app based, online good transportation solution...
BUBT, Robi sign MoU for low-cost internet data pack for students
Bangladesh University of Business and Technology has signed a MoU with Robi Axiata Limited to provide the students of BUBT with high-speed internet data for their online classes and exams at a relatively low cost..
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Nordija, Pontis eye LATMAM launch for IPTV/OTT
Scandinavian IPTV and OTT middleware provider Nordija has joined forces with IPTV tech solutions provider Pontis to offer an end-to-end IPTV/OTT platform for the Latin American market...
Discovery reaches agreement with Telly
The Czech internet and satellite TV operator Telly has signed an extension to its distribution agreement with Discovery...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone and Defra trial tech solution to safeguard UK forests and tackle climate change
Vodafone has joined forces with the UK government to monitor tree growth and its impacts of climate change through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology...
Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft redefine partnership to deliver high-performance cloud computing experiences
Deutsche Telekomand Microsoft have announced an expansion of their partnership that will help customers of all sizes accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives...
Middle East
Dubai Economy signs MoU with Empay to accelerate cashless licencing transactions
Dubai Economy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Emirates Payment Services to enable payments relating to commercial licences through the Empay smart application...
Commvault implements hybrid-cloud for Saudi firm
The Saudi Arabian Services Group has saved time and cost through working with Commvault and transforming its virtualization and disaster recovery processes...
North Africa
Egypt aims to localize tablet manufacturing
Egypt aims to localize the manufacturing of tablet computers to be used for educational purposes...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Kyivstar extends 4G coverage in Poltava, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv, Kharkiv regions
The mobile operator Kyivstar has extended 4G/LTE coverage in Poltava, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv regions, providing 578 settlements, where 174,000 people live, with high-speed mobile internet...
Iliad Italia switches on 5G in 27 cities
A week after the group’s French business, operating under the “Free Mobile” brand, launched 5G in France, Iliad Italia announced that it is switching on 5G in 27 cities...
Satellite & Internet
Tet expands fiber network
Latvia has one of the largest fiber-optic coverage in Europe and it provides the fastest and most stable internet to almost 530,000 households, or almost two-thirds of the country’s total...
Majority of Ethiopian satellite channels set to migrate to 57 deg East
Ethiosat currently delivers 65 channels to Ethiopian homes, with 16 of those channels already in High Definition (HD) quality, which will be exclusive as of 1 January, a first for Ethiopia...
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