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January 17, 2021
Cisco and Acacia Communications announce amended merger agreement
Under the terms of the amended agreement, Cisco would acquire Acacia for US$115 per share in cash, or for approximately US$4.5 billion on a fully diluted basis, net of cash and marketable securities...
Member News
•  stc celebrates with HH Crown Prince Cup champions
Member Logo stc released a statement expressing its sense of joy in the solid partnership it has built over the years with the KFA. In its role as an ongoing supporter, stc indicated that the Crown Prince Cup is a unique annual event...
•  Batelco Chairman welcomes the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain at its Hamala Data Center
Member Logo Batelco Chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa welcomed the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, Mr. Rasheed Muhammad Al Maraj, to Batelco’s Hamala Data Center...
Policy and Regulation
Algerian number portability decree being finalised
A decree to implement number portability is being finalised, with a draft version currently being studied by the regulator before being sent to the General Secretariat...
Philippines expands tower partners list
The Philippines government pushed on with plans to rapidly deploy towers in the country to improve connectivity, by adding another company to its exclusive list of independent tower companies...
South Asia
Telecom revenue surges 129 percent in Pakistan amid lockdown
Due to higher business volumes, the telecom sector emerged as a prominent contributor to Pakistan’s economy in FY20 compared to FY19 despite the economy being under pressure due to the COVID-19...
Bangladesh to export bandwidth to Saudi Telecom
The capacity will be transferred from the western part of the core cable of the SMW-5 submarine cable to Yanbu in Saudi Arabia through Marseille in France...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Getesa promoting 4G in Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinean mobile operator Getesa is promoting 4G LTE smartphone usage on its network, having recently switched on the service...
EE switches on 5G in 13 new locations
EE has switched on 5G in a further 13 towns across the UK, including Leamington Spa – home of the Silicon Spa Gaming Cluster...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Nielsen launches solution to track premium theatrical films on VOD platforms
Nielsen said that the new offer will serve as a way to capture viewing of movie releases that are directly available to consumers to rent or purchase on demand through streaming/MVPD platforms...
Amazon launches mobile-only video plan in India
Prime Video Mobile Edition is a single-user mobile-only plan, providing SD quality streaming to customers which is created especially for a mobile-first country...
Middle East
Etisalat and du announce strategic partnerships with Emaar Properties to provide telecom services to local communities in the UAE
As part of the new partnership, both operators will, through the Taawun infrastructure deployment initiative, cover Emaar’s major projects, providing essential telecommunications infrastructure...
Bahrain in top 50 for online business setup
When it comes to the best places for setting up an online business, the Kingdom of Bahrain does pretty well considering the global completion...
Saudi Arabia launches ambitious e-gaming program
Saudi Arabia has launched an ambitious new business training program to help promote the Kingdom’s e-gaming sector...
North Africa
Egypt, Belarus discuss enhancing cooperation in communications, IT sectors
The cooperation between the two countries will include efforts in capacity building, digital transformation, and cybersecurity...
Satellite & Internet
Glasfaser Nordwest rolls out 60,000 FTTH connections in first year
Over 60,000 fiber connections have been enabled in the northwest of Germany in the past twelve months and the firm says it is aiming to roll out an additional 100,000 by mid-2021...
OneWeb secures investment from Softbank and Hughes Network Systems
OneWeb's mission is to deliver broadband connectivity worldwide to bridge the global Digital Divide by offering everyone, everywhere access including to the Internet of Things (IoT) future and a pathway to 5G...
Global Telecom Update
LG Uplus to terminate 2G services by end of June
The move comes after SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless provider, ended its 2G services in July last year, while rival KT Corp. shut down 2G operations back in 2012...
KVH partners with Kilo Marine for IoT and remote response
KVH Watch comes with dedicated hardware that needs to be installed on ships and a VSAT channel that is separate from the vessel’s other VSAT, used for operational and crew welfare requirements...
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