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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
September 13, 2021
Featured Member News
Etisalat reasserts dominance as World’s Fastest Mobile Network for the second consecutive year
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Etisalat UAE, said: “This global recognition is an acknowledgment of the strong determination and sincere efforts of our leadership in building a country that has grown in all sectors, pushing it to the digital forefront to become the fastest nation in the world. We pride ourselves to be part of this inspiring journey, celebrating 50 years of staggering growth and building the nation to be a global player and leave a mark in history”...
Member News
•  More than 3 million electronic gamers in Saudi Arabia
Member Logo Statistical reports have revealed a significant growth in the electronic gaming sector, positioning it as an independent technological economy in itself. It is expected for the total value of this sector to reach...
•  Cisco commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040
Member Logo Cisco announced that it is committing to reaching net zero for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all scopes by 2040, 10 years ahead of when climate scientists say the planet must reach net zero to avoid the worst impacts...
Recent Developments
•  Win free fiber for life with stc Bahrain starting at BD 5 per month
•  Huawei AR-HUD debuts at IAA MOBILITY 2021, delivering a new driving experience
•  stc greets returning passengers with a special welcome back gift
•  Oxford Report: 120% growth in the female workforce over 3 years
Policy and Regulation
MNP will go live in the Philippines on 30 September
Filipinos will be able to switch service providers under new mobile network portability (MNP) rules on 30 September, according to Telecommunications Connectivity Inc...
Internet penetration 102 percent
Internet penetration in Nepal has reached 102 per cent of the country's population, according to a report of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority...
Middle East
Emirates airline launches VR app in Oculus store
Emirates has now launched its virtual reality (VR) app in Occulus store so that passengers can experience its fully-enclosed Gamechanger First Class Suites, explore the A380 Onboard Lounge, or check out the cabin around...
Zain Bahrain successfully hosts the 8th edition of Zainnovate
Through this initiative, it is Zain Bahrain's constant endeavor to provide a platform that supports the rapid innovation growth in the ecosystem...
Saudi HR tech startup Scalers raises US$533,000 in seed round
Scalers, an online competency-based learning and placement company, has raised SR2 million ($533,000) in a seed round funded by angel investors from both the recruitment and talent development world...
North Africa
Mercedes-Benz introduces new “StarView” video app
Mercedes-Benz Egypt has announced its new StarView video sharing platform that will provide customers with greater connectivity to the technical teams carrying out servicing or maintenance work on their vehicles...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Video-streaming and tourism drive mobile traffic growth for Vodafone Spain
Vodafone España has experienced a 30% upsurge in traffic on its mobile network over the summer compared with the same period last year, driven by video-streaming and by a revival of the tourist trade...
Merzigo, Arrested Industries ink first major deal
The first fruits have been revealed of the strategic partnership between Arrested Industries and Merzigo in the form of acquiring close to 3000 hours of content from RTVE...
South Asia
Mobile internet speed increases by 15% in Bangladesh
In the last one year, the speed of mobile internet in Bangladesh has increased by 15.38 %. However, at the same time, the average speed of global mobile internet has increased by 59.5 % according to Ookla speed testing...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Kyivstar turns on 4G at 900 MHz band in 14 cities in summer
The mobile network operator Kyivstar during the summer of 2021 turned on high-speed Internet at 900 MHz band in another 14 cities, which makes the network work better indoors...
A1 launches 5G in Slovenia
A1 Slovenia has launched commercial 5G services, offering download rates of up to 1Gbps and plans to cover 60% of the population with 5G by the end of 2022...
Satellite & Internet
KDDI selects Starlink for rural backhaul
Japan-based KDDI selected SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service as a backhaul provider, as it prepares to roll out high-speed wireless internet coverage in rural areas by early 2022...
Gig1 broadband for 10 million UK homes
Virgin Media O2 has expanded its gigabit network across the UK, with the latest switch-on adding 1.7 million homes in Blackpool, Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham, Oxford, Swindon and more.
Global Telecom Update
Virgin Media O2 and Fotokite trial 5G connected tethered drone
Swiss drone company partners with UK telecoms operator to test 5G-enabled, tethered drones in a simulated rescue mission as part of a trial to elevate possibilities for emergency services and first responders...
Slovak Telekom selects Ekinops to upgrade network access solution
Ekinops, a leading network access and virtualization specialist, announced that it has been selected by Slovak Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group member, to deliver an enhanced and future-proof network access solution...
Vodacom continues to invest in solar power
Pan-African operator Vodacom has installed three new solar-powered sites in South Africa as part of what it describes as its energy and carbon management strategy and commitment to reducing its impact on the environment...
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