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April 7, 2021
Omantel first to launch 5G international roaming in Oman
Omantel once again has pushed the boundaries of telecommunications technology access after the recent successful launch of the mobile 5G services...
Etisalat honours top sales channel partners of 2020 at a virtual awards event
Etisalat honoured its top performing partners of 2020 at the virtual ‘Partner Awards Event 2021’. Each year, Etisalat holds an awards ceremony to recognise and reward the company’s partners for their continued support and efforts in taking Etisalat to greater heights.
Member News
•  Batelco and NBB Group sign MoU agreement following a tour to Batelco Hamala Data Center
Member Logo During the tour, key features of the colocation facility were outlined by the Batelco team including the benefits it offers such as providing the right environment for the operation of the bank IT critical infrastructure...
•  Tech Mahindra launches ServiceNow Business Unit to accelerate digital transformation for customers globally
Member Logo The enhanced partnership will allow Tech Mahindra and ServiceNow to collaborate on creating value and building scale for their joint customers through rapid prototyping and...
•  Cisco unveils new, expanded SASE architecture, delivering complete protection from endpoint to the cloud
Member Logo This is the next important step in Cisco’s journey to radically simplify enterprise networking and security by helping network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) teams securely connect users to...
Recent Developments
•  Cisco embraces Intel innovation, updates server portfolio for an application-first, hybrid cloud world
•  HUAWEI IdeaHub lights up the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa
•  Manama Internet Exchange (Manama-IX) witnesses 20-fold data traffic growth in a year
•  Cisco redesigns internet infrastructure to support a more inclusive future
Policy and Regulation
Accessible Europe 2021: Making ICTs accessible to all
Europe remains on track to achieve Target 2.9 of ITU’s Connect 2030 Agenda, which calls on countries to create "enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunications/ICTs for persons with disabilities" by 2023...
Fourth deadline announced for Nigeria NIN-SIM registration
Nigerian news media estimates indicate that 17 million subscribers remain to complete their registration in the month now left before the latest deadline...
South Asia
Softlogic team up with Huawei to introduce the latest Enterprise Solutions to Sri Lanka
Softlogic aims to bring in world-class solutions to the local market to assist in this digital business transformation, not just for businesses but even from a country perspective...
Internet use surges in Bangladesh during lockdown
The internet has gone up drastically in the past two days as most of the people remained home after the country went into a weeklong lockdown to curb the rise of Covid-19 infections...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
eir 5G network now reaches 57% of the population
Ireland’s eir has announced a further expansion of its 5G network, claiming that its in-deployment infrastructure now reaches more than 57% of the population...
Citymesh private 5G network brings drones to Brussels Airport
The drones were successfully tested for inspections and surveillance purposes while connected to the mobile network...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Tarr completes IPTV rollout
Tarr is based in the town of Szekszárd and offers telecom services, including cable TV, in 310 population centres in eight counties...
27% of DTC streaming video services are shared in the U.S.
New consumer research found that 82% of U.S. households have at least one streaming video service...
Middle East
Saudi's SPARK taps Dawiyat for move to Industry 4.0
King Salman Energy Park is implementing an advanced digital infrastructure to enable the interaction of people and objects and the exchange of data over a fully fiber-optic network...
UAE ahead of US, Canada in online buying during COVID-19
Mastercard’s study focuses on how spending habits have changed and digital transactions accelerated in the retail space since the pandemic started last year...
Ooredoo offers free 5G in Oman
All customers with 5G enabled Huawei handsets in 5G coverage areas can take advantage of the free opt-in, with Apple and Samsung devices expected to be added soon...
North Africa
Sawari Ventures and Algebra Ventures stake US$150 million on North African startups
With its new fund, the company will pursue fintech, agritech, edtech, logistics, and healthcare opportunities...
Satellite & Internet
KPN expands FTTH network by 107,000 premises in Q1
Dutch quadruple-play telco KPN reported on its website that it added 106,657 additional premises to FTTH broadband access network footprint in the first quarter of 2021...
Turkey to launch Turksat 5B communications satellite in Q4
One of the prominent features of Turksat 5B, which will be launched into an orbital slot at 42 degrees East, is to increase Turkey's Ka-band data communication capacity by 15-fold...
Global Telecom Update
1.1 million Africans acquire digital skills during COVID-19
The global skills initiative offers free online courses across Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub learning platforms...
Hungary's 4iG to acquire Digi
4iG is one of the leading companies of the Hungarian IT and ICT market, plays a leading role in Hungary’s knowledge-based digital economy...
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