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September 21, 2021
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UN Broadband Commission Released Key 21st Century Recommendations to Finance Sustainable Broadband Development and Closure of the Digital Divide in the 21stCentury
The Working Group on 21st Century Financing, Funding and Investment Models, operating within the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development – co-chaired by SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s CEO, Bocar Ba – released the “Executive Summary” of the forthcoming report on 21st Century Financing Models for Bridging Broadband Connectivity Gaps on Sunday, 19 September 2021 during the Broadband Commission’s Annual Fall Meeting. The upcoming report is a key first step in accelerating more comprehensive and inclusive frameworks for ICT broadband infrastructure development and for providing meaningful connectivity...
Member News
•  Etisalat highlights rapid growth of SmartHub data centres
Member Logo Etisalat’s SmartHub community of customers is witnessing a massive growth, mainly due to its diverse and complete ecosystem offering an ideal environment for interconnecting and its proximity to regional end users,...
•  stc launches a package of digital services for the non-profit sector free of charge
Member Logo As part of its efforts to achieve sustainability and adopt initiatives with sustainable impact, stc launched its Sustainability Platform, which provides digital services to non-profit organizations free of charge, thus...
•  AT&T 5G brings new Augmented Reality (AR) experiences to WNBA fans
Member Logo AT&T 5G Game View is a new feature within the WNBA app that unlocks a unique way to view live and previous game stats during games, customized by each fan, and experienced in augmented reality...
Policy and Regulation
ANACOM increases bidding increments to speed up sluggish 5G auction
Portugal’s National Communications Authority has announced that it has increased the bidding increments in its slow-moving 5G auction...
BAKTI readies telecommunication network support for Papua PON
The Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics has said that it has readied support for the telecommunications network for the PON XX National Games in...
South Asia
High-speed internet connectivity eases communication in Upper Mustang
The state-owned Nepal Telecom has expanded its internet service in Thasang, Gharpajhong and Baragung Mukti Kshetra Rural Municipality through wire and fiber connectivity...
Mobile internet speed increases by 15% in Bangladesh
In last one year, global mobile internet speed has increased by 59.5% while in Bangladesh it has increased by 15.38% , which is about one-fourth of the global average, revealed a recently published Global Index by Ookla...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Streaming platform DAZN in talks to buy UK broadcaster BT Sport
The U.K.-based sports streaming service DAZN is in advanced talks to acquire the sports television unit of British broadcaster BT that would expand the online platform's catalog with content like English Premier League...
Sky planning smart TV launch
Sky has already invited the press to a news briefing early next month that was widely expected to unveil the UK version of its Sky Q streaming box, replicating the complete Sky experience...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone NZ completed 23 cell site upgrades/builds in August
Vodafone New Zealand has announced it completed the deployment and upgrade of 23 cell sites in August as part of its regional investment programme...
New initiative could bring smartphones to the unconnected billions
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and telecoms giant Vodafone have got together to urge action to connect 3.4 billion people with smartphones by 2030...
Nextivity mobile signal boosters assure cellular coverage for PSD2 payment processesUK passes 50% Gigabit broadband coverage mark
Available via a network of approved distributors and channel partners, Cel-Fi by Nextivity mobile signal boosters mitigate mobile coverage challenges in challenging retail environments via an easy to install solution...
Middle East
Bahrain jumps 22 places in Digital Quality of Life Index
Bahrain has climbed 22 places, rising from 61st place to 39th since last year, surpassing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates according to the third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index...
Orange selects Ericsson to ramp-up its mobile money service and accelerate financial inclusion in Africa
Orange Middle East and Africa has selected Ericsson as a strategic partner for its pan-African Orange Money service, tapping Ericsson’s Wallet Platform to accelerate financial inclusion for its customers across...
Omani engineer gets Apple licence to make phone accessories
The Apple Industrial Protocol, or MFI, is an industrial and commercial protocol approved by Apple in 2012 and all manufacturers of Apple phones and iPads adopt this protocol to ensure product quality and provide the highest...
Saudi Space Commission launches Space Hackathon
The initiative was part of its efforts to prepare future astronauts and engineers and attract talent through quality training programs...
North Africa
Libyana to improve 4G coverage in Ghat area
Mobile network operator (MNO) Libyana, a subsidiary of state holding company the Libyan Post Telecommunications and Information Company (LPTIC), has announced the arrival of equipment which will improve 4G coverage in the...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Globe Telecom upgrades network for 5G with Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution
By upgrading its access network with Infinera’s autotuneable optics technology, Globe can deliver more capacity on its existing network and scale to address bandwidth growth within its current network architecture...
Indosat Ooredoo launches 5G network in Indonesia
Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Surabaya city, Indonesia. Under the deal, Indosat Ooredoo’s customers will experience new enterprise and industrial use cases underpinned by...
Satellite & Internet
Nigeria plans additions to NigComSat fleet
NigComSat’s plan comes at a time when demand for broadband connectivity is growing across the country, especially in rural areas...
Netomnia hits 50,000 premises milestone
Cheltenham-based fibre network operator Netomnia has announced it has passed 50,000 homes and businesses across its rollout areas, 20,000 premises of which were added to its network in the last two months...
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