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July 18, 2021
Featured Member News
Personal and security robots serve pilgrims
stc Group has launched a series of smart robot technologies taht aim at increasing the efficiency of this Hajj Season in 1442H and developing a reference experience for the coming Hajj Seasons through shortening the effort and time and providing safety for the pilgrims...
Member News
•  stc raises its readiness to serve Pilgrims in 1442 Hajj Season
Member Logo stc Group announced that it has raised its services and network readiness to serve Hajj and Umrah guests in Makkah, the Holy Sites, and Al Madina as part of the Group's preparations for this year's Hajj season...
•  Batelco establishes presence in the fintech world
Member Logo Batelco has announced its entry into the world of fintech by establishing its new licensed company, Batelco Financial Services, making it the first telecom company in the GCC to receive licenses for Open Banking...
•  Kloudspot™ and Cisco Meraki enable safe environments and smart spaces
Member Logo The Kloudspot Platform and KloudVision™ combine real-time location intelligence and video analytics collected from the Cisco Meraki intuitive cloud-first platform to securely integrate unique safety features...
Policy and Regulation
Afghanistan awards 5 MHz additional frequency to Aftel
The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has granted MHz frequency in 1800 band to the state-owned telco Afghan Telecom (Aftel), for providing broadband advanced/ 4G services...
National Telecom Regulatory Authority approves use of VoLTE service
The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) approved the use of the first voice-over 4G LTE (VoLTE) service in Egypt...
Brazil 5G auction announcement due by 25 August
Brazil’s Minister of Communications Fabio Faria has confirmed that the notice for the auction of 5G-capable spectrum should be published by 25 August...
South Asia
PTCL maintains growth momentum in 2Q 2021
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has posted a significant 8 percent growth in its revenues, the highest since 2014, owing to its robust performance...
CG Net expands services in Kathmandu
CG Net has expanded its fiber internet service to 6 areas in Kathmandu after initially launching in select areas of Lalitpur...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
4G coverage expands in Malaysia
About 2,000 residents in Kampung Pengkalan Rangoon and Kampung Pondok Pasir in Kemaman, Terengganu now enjoy better 4G telecommunication network following the operation of two new communication towers...
China's 5G network users exceed 160 million
By the end of 2020, China had more than 160 million 5G network users, accounting for approximately 89% of the global 5G users, according to a report released at the China Internet Conference...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
GB News selects Simplestream for OTT services
GB News has chosen UK-based service provider Simplestream for its range of OTT services complementing the news channel’s linear broadcast signal on DTH satellite, DTT and cable...
YouTube launches Shorts in UAE
YouTube has announced the arrival of the beta version of YouTube Shorts in the UAE, the company’s new short-form video experience to create short, catchy videos from mobile phones...
Middle East
Grand Mosque sees growing use of robots in serving pilgrims
The presidency is increasingly using robots for sterilization, epidemic control, and the distribution of blessed Zamzam water in the Grand Mosque...
Ooredoo expands global 5G roaming partners
Ooredoo Qatar has extended its network of international roaming partners to maximise customer experience as the summer vacation season starts by expanding 5G data roaming networks...
UAE on path to become a leading digital economy
The UAE has moved towards the next step in building their digital economy, and they are doing so with the National Programme for Coders...
North Africa
Egypt to launch joint schools for applied technology
The cooperation protocol, which will ensure the schools focus on communications and information technology (CIT), comes as part of the state’s vision for developing Egypt’s technical education and vocational...
Satellite & Internet
SpaceX to launch Korea’s midsize satellite in 2023
SpaceX will send South Korea’s next-generation midsize satellite into orbit in 2023, according to Korea Aerospace Industries...
NBN Co inks four contracts to advance FTTN to FTTP network evolution
Australia’s NBN Co has announced the awarding of construction contracts with a total value of approximately US$819 million, to help extend fiber deeper into communities...
Global Telecom Update
212 new Globe Telecom cell sites boost signal strength in Philippines
Philippines telecommunications services provider Globe Telecom installed 212 new cell sites in the National Capital Region (NCR, aka Metro Manila) in the first six months of the year...
Global IT spending to grow 9% to US$4.2 trillion in 2021
Worldwide IT spending is projected to total US$4.2 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.6% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner...
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