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May 9, 2021
Zain Group generated revenue of USD 1.3 billion and Net Profit of USD 147 million for first three months of 2021
Zain Group, a leading mobile innovator with operations in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces its consolidated financial results for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2021. Zain served 48.5 million customers at the end of the period...
TDRA is ranked as one of the most innovative entities
The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) declared it had been ranked as one of the top three innovative entities in Middle East as per the Global Innovation Institute’s Report. The report evaluates innovation ranking for entities registered in the institute...
Member News
•  Etisalat Group issues 1 billion Euro bonds
Member Logo Etisalat Group announced the successful completion of a bond issuance worth one billion euros to refinance the maturing bond tranche it had issued in 2014 for the acquisition of a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom...
•  Eutelsat expands use of Express Wi-Fi in partnership with Facebook to extend Wi-Fi connectivity throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
Member Logo Eutelsat Communications is expanding its use of the Express Wi-Fi platform in partnership with Facebook to provide broadband services via satellite across several regions in Sub-Saharan Africa...
•  HUAWEI CLOUD joins forces with Bespin Global to provide cloud and intelligence to Middle East Enterprises
Member Logo Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, announced its partnership with Bespin Global, a leading cloud technology consulting and management...
Policy and Regulation
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2021 focuses on digital transformation in challenging times
WTISD-21 is an opportunity for ITU's membership, along with businesses, organizations and people around the world, to keep pushing for digital transformation, promote national strategies for ICT development, and support...
TDRA is ranked as one of the most innovative entities
The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) declared it had been ranked as one of the top three innovative entities in Middle East as per the Global Innovation Institute’s Report. The...
South Asia
Pakistani fintech startup raises US$1.5 million in seed funding
A Pakistani startup based on financial technology or fintech has raised US$1.5 million in the recent seed round...
Serai integrates 700 apparel companies in digital B2B platform
Serai, the digital B2B platform by HSBC that makes global trade easier for apparel businesses, has onboarded over 700 Bangladeshi manufacturers since launching in the country at the end of 2020...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
3SS-SDMC Android solution goes live in Uruguay
Uruguayan cable and OTT service provider TCC has gone live with a joint solution from 3SS and Three Screen Solutions...
Paramount+ reveals Oz & NZ launch plans as service leads VCBS streaming growth
ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+ will launch in Australia and New Zealand in August, with four local originals already announced...
Global Telecom Update
Telstra outlines investment plans for rural and remote areas
Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Telstra has announced that over the course of the next four years it will lead a co-investment fund aimed at enhancing and extending coverage in rural and regional areas...
Vodafone UK, Accenture launch managed cybersecurity services for SMEs
Vodafone UK and Accenture have launched Vodafone Managed Security Services – a new portfolio of enterprise-grade cybersecurity services to help SMEs detect, react to, and recover from cyber-attacks...
Zamtel rolls out more towers in Northern and Luapula Provinces
Zamtel has continued with its robust network expansion drive with 783 additional telecommunication towers erected countrywide...
Middle East
Moro Hub, Huawei to build first phase of the largest solar-powered data centre in MEA
Moro Hub has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the largest solar-powered Uptime TIER III-Certified Data Centre in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park...
Beecell creates a comprehensive digital platform in Jordan
Bevell, which specializes in mobile content and interactive services, announced the launch of digital services for the "Hekaya" program in Jordan...
WEF selects UAE startup as innovation partner
Tenderd, a digital procurement platform for equipment rentals, announced that the World Economic Forum has selected them as the first company in the UAE to join their Global Innovators Community...
DoubleVerify expands into Menat region
DoubleVerify (DV), a software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics, has announced the expansion of its business into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region...
North Africa
Egyptian travel app integrates tech with story-telling to unveil The Middle East
The app adopts innovative technology, such as interactive GPS based maps, so that the narrator of the audio guide and the listener are in sync...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
PLDT accelerates network investment
Smart Communications detailed plans to more than double its 5G footprint in 2021 and expand LTE sites, as it continues to keep capex elevated...
Globe taps partners in Europe, North America for 5G roaming
Globe Telecom is expanding 5G roaming partnerships in Europe and the United States, betting on more users shifting to the next-generation mobile technology...
Satellite & Internet
SpaceX has ‘500,000 orders’ for Starlink satellite broadband service
Half a million people have ordered Starlink satellite broadband services from SpaceX, the company has announced...
DELTA Fiber upgrading to 10Gbps with XGS-PON
DELTA Fiber Nederland has announced it is deploying XGS-PON fiber-optic technology to boost its peak end-user access speeds from 1Gbps to 10Gbps this year for consumers and businesses...
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