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October 21, 2021
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“SAMENA Accelerator – UBBF” Calls for Action to Achieve Ultra Broadband Policy Enablement and to Timely Address Challenges Facing Fiber Deployment and IPv6 Migration in the Region
SAMENA Council, during the Ultra Broadband Forum (UBBF)2021, held in Dubai, pressed upon the need to recognize the criticality of ultra-broadband networks and to enable their deployment for developing underserved communities and businesses in the SA-ME-NA region. Fixed-line fiber networks as well as intelligent cloud-based capabilities, leveraging the power of IPv6 and new cloud business models, lie at the foundation of a healthy and inclusive digital economy and the intelligent world in the making...
Smiles welcomes Shukran to its blockchain-powered Rewards Exchange
Etisalat announced that Shukran has joined the Smiles’ Rewards Exchange. The new affiliation – announced on the sidelines of GITEX Global in Dubai - will allow members of Smiles and Shukran to cross-exchange points and maximise their benefits...
Member News
•  Batelco wins ‘Cloud Go-to-Market Initiative of the Year’ award at Future Enterprise Awards 2021
Member Logo Batelco has been recognised for its cloud-based technologies at the Future Enterprise Awards 2021, winning the “Cloud Go-to-Market Initiative of the Year” Award, in acknowledgement of the...
•  Etisalat Group and G42 join forces to establish UAE’s largest data center provider under Khazna Data Centers
Member Logo Etisalat Group and G42 announced the signing of a binding agreement to merge their data center (DC) offering in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A total of twelve data centers will be combined in a new joint venture business...
•  EVOTEQ to deliver UAE’s first smart bracelet solution for Bee’ah’s street cleaning crew
Member Logo In partnership with China Mobile International (CMI), EVOTEQ is primed to launch a smart bracelet solution powered by Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), a first for the UAE to utilize this technology. Customized to meet the needs of...
•  TVN S.A. contracts additional capacity at Eutelsat's HOTBIRD video neighborhood
Member Logo Eutelsat Communications and TVN S.A. have signed a multi-year agreement enabling Poland’s leading media company to secure incremental in-orbit resources at Eutelsat's flagship HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at...
•  Cisco unveils duo security report findings at GITEX
Member Logo A new report explored today at GITEX from Cisco’s Duo Security, the leading multi-factor authentication MFA and secure access solution, confirms that UAE enterprises are taking steps to move away from passwords and...
•  Huawei hosts "Green ICT for Green Development" Summit in Partnership with Informa Tech
Member Logo At the Better World Summit (BWS) hosted by Huawei in partnership with Informa Tech, Bob Cai, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei's Carrier Business Group, delivered the opening speech titled "Green ICT for Green...
Policy and Regulation
ECOI publishes decision on wholesale markets for local loops and bitstream connections
The Electronic Communications Office of Iceland has published its final decision on the market analysis of wholesale markets for local loops and bitstream connections, following the approval of the EFTA Surveillance...
Sri Lanka set for MNP following legal approval
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has been legally cleared to launch mobile number portability (MNP)...
North Africa
Egypt, Africa cooperate in developing communications infrastructure
This includes implementing a project through Telecom Egypt, which provides high-quality and high-speed Internet services to African countries, in addition to many other Egyptian projects in African countries to enable them...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Jendela increases 4G coverage in Sabah, Sarawak, Dewan Negara told
The implementation of the National Digital Network (Jendela) plan has succeeded in increasing the percentage of 4G coverage in Sabah and Sarawak in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, the...
Tele2-Altel 5G test access expanded to Turkestan
Kazakhtelecom has announced that a new 5G ‘free access’ network zone is being launched in the city of Turkestan using test frequencies in the ‘C-band’ 3500MHz range, accessible to Tele2/Altel...
Satellite & Internet
SES sets up satellite quantum communication R&D lab
A joint R&D lab between SES and the University of Luxembourg will look at next generation satellite technology including quantum communication using the latest supercomputer...
CityFibre adds IDNet to gigabit service provider roster
In tandem with the challenger gigabit broadband network provider continuing to expand the reach of its full-fibre network, CityFibre has also been adding internet service providers (ISPs) to take advantage of its assets and...
Global Telecom Update
DT and Ericsson claim a world first with 5G SA network exposure
The proof-of-concept of 5G Standalone (SA) end-to-end network slicing took place in DT’s Bonn laboratory...
Vodafone announces switch to sim cards made using recycled plastic
From October onwards, the telecoms giant will begin rolling out its new ‘eco-sims’ - although they will not reach the UK until April 2022...
China Unicom Hohhot tests Huawei's ODU product
China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom) and Chinese multinational technology corporation Huawei Technologies completed the initial test of the latest XMC-3E ODU product...
Middle East
DEWA displays innovative digital initiatives, advanced projects at GITEX
DEWA shows its most prominent digital and innovative projects and services that have made it a global example of developing and implementing the highest standards and practices of excellence in all its activities and...
Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar lead new Direct Carrier Billing Index from Evina and Telecoming for MEA
Analysts from direct carrier billing (DCB) protection firm Evina, and DCB implementation specialists Telecoming, have developed the first Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) Index...
Zain Jordan signs Cloud IMS agreement with Ericsson at GITEX GLOBAL
The strategic modernization oZain Jordan’s network will support migration of current 2G and 3G voice services to 4G/LTE networks...
Virgin Megastore Saudi to accelerate digital transformation with IBM & SAP
The migration from on-premises to a cloud environment is designed to help the retailer create operational efficiencies and provide a platform for new digital services to its clients...
Adda and AWS sign joint collaboration agreement
As part of its strategy to build and enhance cloud computing technical skills and capabilities in the Abu Dhabi government, the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (Adda) has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS)...
Nokia optical solutions to support Arc in the Middle East
Arc provides networking solutions that simplify connecting and optimizing applications and services across the Middle East...
South Asia
Pakistani ecommerce logistics startup Rider raises US$2.3 million seed
Karachi-based ecommerce logistics startup Rider has raised $2.3 million in a seed round led by Global Founders Capital, Fatima Gobi Ventures, and Asian Development Bank, it announced in a statement...
Xiaomi set to launch factory in Bangladesh
The Chinese smartphone maker is establishing the factory through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Gazipur without the involvement of any third party...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Disney+ on VIDAA Smart OS
Coming as a part of the latest firmware update to the Linux-based smart TV OS, users will gain access to the family-oriented streaming service which provides access to content from brands including Disney, Pixar, Marvel,...
Altibox’s Android TV service goes live thanks to 3SS UX
Altibox has launched its next-generation IPTV and OTT entertainment service for consumers in Norway and Denmark...
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