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June 12, 2021
Featured Member News
BT steps up drive to support the UK's smallest firms with launch of new business unit
BT has announced the launch of a new business unit that will serve the millions of UK firms that are either small by design or just starting up. Together with the launch of the UK’s first ‘unbreakable’ Wi-Fi for micro-businesses - which delivers guaranteed coverage across the workplace, full fibre speeds of up to 900Mbps...
Member News
•  stc and RPMANetworks extend their partnership for NEOM LINC_Air™ Smart Home with a Smart Wireless Fire Alarm Solution
Member Logo stc announced the signing of an additional partnership agreement with RPMANetworks to expand the LINC_Air ™ Smart_Home Solution's deployment for the mega project of NEOM city with a Smart Wireless Fire Monitoring...
•  AT&T teams make first C-band 5G field test calls
Member Logo AT&T expects to cover 200 million people with 5G over C-band spectrum by the end of 2023 and to make that happen, AT&T acquired 80 MHz of C-band spectrum during the most recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...
•  Cisco Meraki customers build smarter workforce experiences with expanded IoT and WAN portfolio
Member Logo Cisco Meraki announced expanded IoT and WAN portfolios with new technologies to support hybrid workforces around the globe with smarter and safer workspace environments...
Recent Developments
•  stc provides Kuwaitis with an opportunity to join the telecom world
•  Morocco enjoys fast, responsive and good value mobile Internet
•  Zain introduces child online safety campaign titled ‘Internet Monsters’
•  Cisco flexes its muscle in cloud: Helping customers be cloud smart to deliver exceptional digital experiences
Policy and Regulation
CITC invites the public to submit their views on Radio Spectrum Allocation and Use Regulation for WLAN Applications
The document introduces updates to the allocation and use regulations of the WLAN frequency bands in Saudi Arabia and identifies new spectrum for the use of WLAN applications in (6) and (60) GHz bands...
FCC to start 3.45GHz 5G auction on 5 October
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its planned auction of 3.45GHz spectrum will commence on 5 October...
South Asia
DishHome to launch 200Mbps fiber internet in Nepal
To provide a better home solution, DishHome began its fiber internet service in Kathmandu last year and has continued its expansion within and beyond...
Pakistan’s Dawaai raises US$8.5 million to grow its online pharmacy and healthcare platform
Dawaai plans to use the investment to continue building pharmaceutical supply chain infrastructure in Pakistan and further develop its technology to optimize the business...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Kyivstar launched 4G in 6 cities in April and May
Currently, Kyivstar’s 4G network operates in almost 15,000 cities and villages of Ukraine, where more than 87% of the country’s population lives...
Claro begins 5G tests in Uruguay
Claro Uruguay has begun technical tests of 5G in the 28GHz band after receiving authorization from the Regulatory Unit of Communications Services...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Lünecom taps Ocilion for IPTV
Northern German service provider Lünecom Kommunikationslösungen GmbH has tapped IPTV systems provider Ocilion to deliver TV services to its customers...
Gigared taps Appear for TV services across Argentina
Argentinian telecommunications operator Gigared has chosen video delivery technology provider Appear to help deliver HD content to more subscribers across the country...
Middle East
GCC smartphone market up 30% despite COVID-19
Demand for smartphones in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has picked up on the back of improved outlook and sentiment...
5G already changing smartphone use in Oman
The impact that 5G is already having on smartphone users worldwide including Oman and what they expect the technology to deliver in the future is been highlighted in a new report by Ericsson ConsumerLab...
American University of Bahrain enriches learning experiences with Alexa Skills
The new Alexa Skills will allow users to leverage voice technology to enhance the learning experience...
North Africa
Arimac partners with Ooredoo Algeria to launch novel self-care app YOOZ
Arimac has recently partnered with the Algerian subsidiary of the telecommunications behemoth Ooredoo to develop a novel, feature-rich self-care mobile application ‘YOOZ’, for youth in the country...
Satellite & Internet
Thales Alenia Space to provide the Optical Inter Satellite Links for Telesat’s Lightspeed LEO 298-satellite constellation
The chosen Optel-C product builds on more than 20 years of Thales Alenia Space’s expertise in optical communications and optoelectronics instruments in Switzerland...
FTTH drives Portuguese broadband growth
FTTH accounted for over half (56.4%) of the 4.2 million fixed broadband connections in Portugal in the first quarter...
Global Telecom Update
Alibaba Cloud launches livestreaming e-commerce solution
Livestreaming e-commerce solutions are quickly evolving as a response to the increasing demand during the Covid-19 pandemic...
Claro Argentina joins DOCOMO Digital to boost mobile payments
Claro Argentina has partnered with DOCOMO Digital to facilitate the purchase of applications and content with direct carrier billing (DCB), within the Samsung Galaxy Store, using Claro's pre-paid or post-paid accounts...
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