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January 11, 2022
Featured Member News
Thailand launches ASEAN’s first 5G smart hospital
The Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Siriraj Hospital, and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. jointly launched the “Siriraj World Class 5G Smart Hospital”, which is the first and largest 5G smart hospital project in the ASEAN region...
Member News
•  AT&T to webcast Pascal Desroches keynote at Citi Conference
Member Logo AT&T will webcast a keynote address by Pascal Desroches, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, AT&T Inc., at Citi’s AppsEconomy Conference on Wednesday, January 5, 2022...
•  Nokia expects to exceed 2021 financial guidance and provides operating margin guidance for 2022
Member Logo In Q4 2021 Nokia’s underlying business performed largely as expected. However, other operating income was higher than expected including further benefits from venture fund investments, leading to a stronger comparable...
Policy and Regulation
Syrian regulator moves to introduce new mobile operator
According to a statement posted recently, the Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority has completed the draft single license for the third mobile operator...
Licence must for firms to provide satellite services in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has made obtaining its licence a must for any satellite business entity for providing services in the country...
Middle East
Ooredoo connects more locations to FTTH network
Ooredoo Oman has announced the expansion of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service to additional locations in the Sultanate...
SOC2 certification given first time in Bahrain to Hilal Computers
Hilal Computers, an established systems integrator in the GCC, has achieved a first for the cybersecurity sector in Bahrain...
Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Fund partners with eBay to support SMEs
Through the partnership, Amazon was expected to provide online business course, including more than 50 hours of virtual training sessions, seller support and access to resources, to SMEs in Abu Dhabi...
South Asia
Mobile phone users hit 181.53 million in last November
Bangladesh ended last November with more than 181.53 million mobile phone subscribers, up from 181.32 million in October...
AI and ML Engineering Centre to be set up in Sri Lanka
Algonomy, a leader in AI and Algorithmic Decisioning software for retail and consumer verticals aims to set up an AI and ML (Machine Learning) Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sri Lanka tapping on the skilled talent pool...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Canal+ taps Ateme for low-latency Apple TV 4K streaming
Pay TV operator Canal+ has tapped technology outfit Ateme to launch an early deployment of OTT low-latency streaming on AppleTV 4K...
Streaming markets set for vertical push in 2022
As the TV industry emerges from its Covid-induced boom, a double wave of merger and acquisition activity will shape the race for global growth will be the trend to watch this year according to research from Ampere Analysis...
North Africa
Egypt witnesses launch of first super-app in MENA region
PaySky — the leading payment solutions provider and technology partner to Egypt Post and Visa — has been working relentlessly to bring the Egyptian Market the “Yalla Super App”; a home-grown version...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
PLDT’s Smart to partner Samsung in 5G SA drive
Smart Communications, the mobile arm of Filipino telco PLDT Inc., is teaming up with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics to accelerate the deployment of 5G Standalone (5G SA) technology in the Philippines...
There are now 200 5G networks in 87 countries across the world
The number of commercially available 5G services reached 200 by the end of 2021, according to the Global Suppliers Association (GSA), which says 99 operators were at least evaluating standalone (SA 5G) technology...
Satellite & Internet
South Africa makes plans to launch communication satellites
South African is fast-tracking plans to develop local satellites for connectivity and tracking, which will also provide free and quality connectivity for marginalised communities in the SADC region...
Orange Poland reaches 1 million fiber subscribers
Orange ays its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks are now available to 5.8 million households across Poland, thanks to an investment of almost US$997 million in its fiber rollout since it began in 2015...
Global Telecom Update
Chinese lab announces 6G speed breakthrough
Purple Mountain Laboratories said that a research team had achieved a 6G-level wireless transmission up to a speed of 206.25 gigabits per second for the first time in a lab environment...
Fujitsu and NTT Docomo help KT with its OpenRAN homework
Korean telecoms group KT has built a new OpenRAN test facility with plenty of help from its Japanese friends...
Globe offers free WiFi hotspots in select hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge
Globe Telecom said that it would offer free WiFi hotspots in hospitals as COVID-19 cases continue to rise...
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