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October 19, 2021
Featured Member News
Etisalat teams up with Sharjah RTA to implement smart technologies
Etisalat and Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) have teamed up to enhance their cooperation in a host of smart services and solutions in a bid to enhance sustainable transport in the emirate of Sharjah...
Batelco brings Avaya Spaces to Bahrain following introduction at GITEX 2021
Batelco, Bahrain Telecommunications Company, has announced its introduction of Avaya Spaces, the workstream collaboration platform for the digital workplace, in collaboration with Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), at the Avaya Stand, during GITEX 2021, the region’s leading technology event, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre, until Thursday, October 21...
Member News
•  Mobily signs agreement with Ericsson to recycle old electronic devices in the Kingdom
Member Logo Mobily has announced an agreement with Ericsson to recycle expired and discarded electronic devices in ways that contribute to preserving the environment. The partnership forms part of Mobily’s wider pledge to act...
•  5G powered robots impress visitors on Etisalat stand
Member Logo The best of 5G empowered robotic solutions are on display on the Etisalat stand at the ongoing GITEX Global for sectors such as mobility, healthcare, retail, education and also for the special needs community highlighting a...
•  GITEX: Cisco and Miral Partner to Digitize Visitor Experiences on Yas Island
Member Logo At GITEX Technology Week 2021, Cisco and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of magnetic experiences, announced their partnership to create enhance Yas Island’s smartphone application, which will enhance visitor...
•  Huawei Digital Power lights up Dubai and calls for collective efforts for low-carbon, smart society
Member Logo As the world prioritizes carbon neutrality and post-pandemic recovery, the summit aimed to inspire collective action towards building a low-carbon and smarter society powered by digital technologies...
Recent Developments
•  Etisalat showcases ‘Future of Mobility’ at GITEX Global
•  A first for MENA telcos: Launch of ZainTech, a one-stop shop servicing enterprises and governments across the region
•  SpeedChecker: Demand for 5G expected to grow as 5G is launched in Oman
•  Etisalat chief highlights the importance of ‘Driving the Connectivity Renaissance’ at 12th Global MBB Forum
Policy and Regulation
TDRA presents telecom infrastructure readiness at GITEX 2021
The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) is showcasing an interactive presentation entitled "TDRA everywhere", as part of its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2021, which runs until...
Arcep confirms 5G spectrum applicants in Reunion, Mayotte
The Authority of Regulation for Electronic Communications and Posts has confirmed that it has received 5G spectrum applications from a number of companies in the French overseas territories of Reunion and Mayotte...
North Africa
African countries lead the world in broadband speed growth
Algerians experienced the fastest growth in internet speeds over the past year, compared with anywhere else in the world, a Digital Quality of Life (DQL) index shows...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Halotel deploys 800 4G communication towers countrywide
Halotel remains the fastest growing mobile phone services company in the country with seven million registered users in September 2021 with almost a million new subscribers in a year...
AIS, Samsung claim first Thai 5G VoNR
Thailand’s mobile market leader AIS has partnered Samsung to claim a Thai first with the launch of Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) enabling voice calls on AIS’ 5G Standalone (SA) network...
Satellite & Internet
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan boost Central Asia’s telecommunications industry
The Trans Caspian Fiber Optic project aims to construct a fiber-optic cable line along the bottom of the Caspian Sea between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan...
PlanetIQ announces highest-performance radio occultation satellite
After GNOMES-3, PlanetIQ plans to launch satellites in pairs to establish a 20-satellite constellation capable of providing 50,000 daily radio occultation soundings...
Global Telecom Update
Telefónica Tech and Fortinet launch global Secure SD-WAN service
Telefónica Tech and Fortinet announced the launch of a new, global, managed SD-WAN service called flexWAN by Fortinet...
Vodafone Romania, technology partner for streamlining the operational process of Sameday Romania
Vodafone provided innovative solutions for automating and improving the operational flows of Sameday Romania, which contribute to streamlining the courier company’s processes...
DT and Ericsson claim a world first with 5G SA network exposure
The collaborators claim their simulation of a slice-specific service running from end-to-end (E2E) of an enterprise is a world first for 5G...
Middle East
Ajman Free Zone launches 'Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Hub' at GITEX Global 2021
The hub will empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large companies, academic institutions, and government entities...
LigaData selected by Umniah to accelerate data-driven digital transformation
Umniah Mobile Company has appointed data analytics specialists LigaData to deploy their analytics products and services in a new multi-year contract...
Arc expands network footprint with Equinix in Oman
Arc Solutions confirms the expansion of its network footprint to Oman with presence in Equnix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Muscat...
Zain Bahrain introduces Apple Pay service for its customers
Zain Bahrain has launched Apple Pay as part of its ongoing commitment to diversify ways for customers to interact with its digital channels...
Tawal signs recycling agreement with Holoul
Tawal, a leading ICT company in Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with electronics waste specialists Holoul Electronic Recycling Treatment to provide an environmentally sustainable solution for waste electrical...
South Asia
Pakistan's ICT companies have a lot to offer the UAE and Mena region
Pakistan's ICT companies have a lot to offer businesses across the UAE and Mena region, and are fertile ground for investments, officials said at the Gitex Technology Week 2021 exhibition...
edotco Bangladesh extends Smart City initiatives with Sylhet City Corporation
This partnership aims to ensure that citizens of Sylhet City Corporation have accessible and improved connectivity...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
ViacomCBS and Altice USA renew carriage deal
The deal will see Altice continue to carry ViacomCBS’s portfolio of channels including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon to its Optimum and Suddenlink customers...
Red Bull TV goes on UK Toshiba smart TVs
With no paywalls or advertisements, the Red Bull TV app offers free and uninterrupted access to live and on demand streams, categorising content defined channels such as adventure, culture, music, biking and water sports for...
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