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September 20, 2021
Featured Member News
Zain launches online campaign to reinforce environmental awareness
Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, launched #ActivateYourRole, an online awareness campaign on its official social media platforms that aims at raising public awareness towards climate change, sustainability, and preserving natural resources...
Member News
•  stcplay launches the largest million-riyal electronic gaming contest for the first time in the kingdom
Member Logo The leading electronic gaming platform stcplay launched the largest million-riyal competition in the Middle East and North Africa with the aim of motivating the ever-growing number of players in the Kingdom, and to create...
•  Now E offers free viewing of Oscar-winning movie The Father during World Alzheimer’s Month
Member Logo September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and Now E and the Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing (JCCPA) is offering Oscar-winning movie The Father free to all Hong Kong viewers who have registered for a Now E account...
•  Huawei to invest US$15 million in Middle East HUAWEI CLOUD Oasis Program
Member Logo Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, plans to invest US$15 million over the next three years in a newly unveiled HUAWEI CLOUD Oasis Program...
Recent Developments
•  Omantel once again named the Middle East Regional Operator of the Year
•  "Tarassud +" App's free of charge for Omantel's customers
•  Telstra and Cisco renew agreement to offer businesses added visibility and insights to monetize IoT
•  Etisalat Group CEO highlights UAE’s push for innovation making it a destination for everything digital at GSMA Mobile 360 Eurasia conference
Policy and Regulation
BTRC approves IP-based data services only for licensed ISPs
The Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a statement said it only approves the IP based data services (Streaming Service, IP-TV, Video-on-Demand) for the licensed ISPs...
North Africa
Morocco medtech startup DataPathology raises US$223K in funding round
he medtech startup will deploy the funds towards the transformation of pathological diagnosis systems while improving the services provided to patients and practitioners...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
XL extends 4G LTE reach to Maluku and Papua
Mobile network operator XL Axiata has announced that under its ongoing 4G network rollout programme, it has deployed LTE to remote areas in the vast Maluku Islands...
Viettel claims a record 5G speed of 4.7Gbps in Vietnam
Viettel, the largest telecommunications service provider in Vietnam, has reached speeds of over 4.7 Gbps over a 5G network it researched, tested, and established...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Streaming platform InStat TV to launch in Poland
InStat TV will be available on the website, and soon also using a dedicated app on tablets, mobile phones and smart TVs...
Amagi strengthens partnership with Rakuten TV
Cloud-based software-as-a-service technology provider for broadcast and connected TV Amagi has strengthened its partnership with streaming platform operator Rakuten TV to provide channel distribution and monetisation...
Global Telecom Update
VIAVI and Capgemini collaborate on 5G and O-RAN validation
To address the burgeoning demand for 5G and O-RAN validation, Capgemini and VIAVI have collaborated to ensure successful network integration in 5G open environments...
Dubber acquires world class AI technology company Notiv
Dubber Corporation Limited has acquired Notiv, which is a developer of innovative cloud-native AI-based products that turn meetings into transcribed notes, summaries, signals, actions, and more...
Middle East
Saudi Arabia leads regional adoption of online shopping post-pandemic
The unprecedented growth in both e-commerce and digital payments are also reflective of a developing regulatory regime...
Oman’s NEC and PDO to develop Smart City pilot project
This collaboration between two parties comes in line with Oman Vision 2040 to achieve smart, sustainable and vibrant cities and a vital countryside with a viable architecture that ensures high quality of life, work, and...
South Asia
Efforts on to ensure telecom services along highways
Efforts have been under way to ensure that highways and motorways across the country have uninterrupted coverage of telecom and broadband services by the end of next year...
shurjoPay offers free payment gateway to educational institutions
shurjoPay, a digital payment platform, has offered a free payment facility for educational institutions around Bangladesh...
Satellite & Internet
Zimbabwe to launch its first satellite in 2022
The first Zimbabwean satellite, the ZIMSAT-1, will be launched in 2022. Zimbabwean engineers will assemble the nanosatellite, and it has reached an advanced development stage...
Liquid Intelligent Technologies connects the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville with high-speed connectivity using wireless optical communication technology
As part of a larger initiative to improve broadband access across Central Africa, Liquid has been trying to close this strategic connection over the river for over two years...
Starlink to emerge from beta next month, Musk says
Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has indicated that it will emerge from its beta testing phase next month...
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