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September 18, 2021
Featured Member News
"Tarassud +" App's free of charge for Omantel's customers
To build upon the cooperation between Omantel and the Ministry of Health to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on Oman, Omantel has announced that its customers can now browse the Tarassud+ App free of charge, as the data consumed by the App will not be reflected in the customer's data plans...
Member News
•  Etisalat offers iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 pre-orders from 17th September
Member Logo Etisalat will offer the lineup of iPhone and iPad, including the innovative and elegant iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, the highly capable and affordable iPad (9th generation) and iPad mini,...
•  Cisco helps to usher in new era of full-sized driverless racing
Member Logo Cisco’s intelligent networking technology has been used to remotely control a full-sized electric-powered race car around a track at 200kph for the first time...
Policy and Regulation
BTRC to hold 5G auction in December
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is planning to hold an auction for 5G spectrum in December 2021, with a 5G service launch currently slated by 2023...
South Asia
Pakistan showcases data innovation and digital delivery system at Washington
Pakistan showcased its data innovation and digital delivery system at a World Bank conference in Washington this week where speakers underlined the need for using technology to deal with crises like the COVID-19 pandemic...
Mediacom signs deal with Banglalink's video streaming app Toffee
Under the deal, Mediacom will provide content management and promotion related services along with media buying to Toffee...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Disney+ likely to be introduced via LG U+ first and possibly KT later
Disney+, the US entertainment giant’s streaming service, is expected to land in Korea via LG U+ first, the smallest of the country’s three IPTV providers...
Città Telecom selects SmartLabs for OTT provision
SmartLabs, the leading provider of multi-screen, multi-network solutions for video streaming, announces that it has been chosen by Brazilian ISP Città Telecom for OTT provision and mobile applications...
BBC and Sky extend long-term strategic partnership
The BBC and Sky have renewed and expanded their long-term strategic partnership to further showcase the BBC’s brands and services on Sky’s TV products...
Global Telecom Update
Cloudflare expands its overall network to more than 250 cities in over 100 countries
Cloudflare announced that it has grown its network to span more than 250 cities in over 100 countries, more than tripling its overall network capacity to 100Tbps and increasing the cities in its network by 25% in the last...
Vodafone Romania launches “School of the Future”, a platform designed to develop digital skills through games and experiments
Vodafone Romania Foundation announced the launch of “School of the Future”, an educational program developed to help children adapt to a constantly evolving digital society, to discover the possibilities offered...
América Móvil take tower spin-off plan to shareholders
The new business would focus on the development, construction and locations of the towers for mobile services...
Middle East
Oman makes its own affordable smartphone
An Omani team, Mersal, has been able to design and assemble the first smartphone with approved international standards, which is being labelled as Mersal 7 or M-7 with the number 7 derived from the screen size...
Deal signed in Bahrain to boost research and development in AI
Hopes of turning Bahrain into a hub for artificial intelligence (AI) received a boost with the signing of an agreement to bolster research and development in the field...
Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy meets with companies to develop strategy
The event will culminate in the development of an action plan based on feedback and inputs from the participants, which will be used to develop a new roadmap for advancing the emirate’s digital economy...
Telecom Enterprise launches ta5sees
Telecom Enterprise launched its Ta5sees (تخسيس) the dieting mobile application for Mobile Arabic users via the Google Play and Apple Appstore as part of its strategy to establish itself as the...
North Africa
Egypt B2B ecommerce platform Capiter raises US$33 million Serie A
The company offers cutting-edge technology and machine learning, whose solution helps brands and other manufacturers to achieve critical insights on all markets they serve...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
CBN, China Mobile settle 700MHz 5G plan
China Mobile and China Broadcasting Network (CBN) worked out terms of a 700MHz 5G deployment plan, with the operator to cover base station costs and initially own 100 per cent of the shared network...
TPG Telecom to conduct 5G NSA market trial
TPG Telecom (branded TPG Mobile) plans to carry out a 5G non-standalone (NSA) market trial in Singapore until the end of the year, having been given the thumbs up by the Infocomm Media Development Authority...
Satellite & Internet
SpaceX to launch Turkey's 1st indigenous communications satellite
Turkey's first indigenous communications satellite Turksat 6A, which is planned to be completed in 2022, will be launched by the US-based space firm SpaceX...
SaskTel launches Rural Broadband Partnership with rural ISPs
Canada’s SaskTel announced the launch of its Rural Broadband Partnership Programme, an initiative to partner with smaller internet providers to bring advanced broadband connectivity to underserved farms, acreages...
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