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June 6, 2022
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Omantel along with Huawei sign an MOU to launch a Smart Office Solution at COMEX 2022
Omantel introduced its Smart Office solutions during COMEX with cooperation of Huawei for the first time in Oman at their booth in the Sultanate’s leading ICT Show. The showcase of the Smart Office solution highlights the strong demand for advanced digital solutions in the Sultanate and aims to facilitate smarter and more efficient collaboration...
Member News
•  stc Group increases investments and expands in the markets by acquiring Giza Systems
Member Logo Arabian Internet and Telecommunication Company (solutions) announces the signing of a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) on 04-06-2022G to acquire 89.49% of Giza Systems Company (Closed Joint Stock Company), in addition to...
•  AT&T helps launch Uvalde Text-to-Give campaign
Member Logo To drive additional giving for the Uvalde community and to make it easy to contribute via your wireless bill, AT&T has teamed up with the Community Health Development, Inc., to launch a Text-to-Give campaign to provide...
•  Tech Mahindra inaugurates Innovation and Technology Development Center in Oman
Member Logo This is in line with Tech Mahindra’s commitment to invest in upskilling and reskilling of the local Omani talent to take on projects in Oman and around the world...
Policy and Regulation
ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference opens in Kigali, Rwanda
​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) opened a landmark digital development conference aimed at bringing affordable, meaningful connectivity to the estimated 2.9 billion people worldwide who still lack an...
AEK planning to award 5G spectrum to all applicants
Three companies – Neotel, A1 Makedonia and Makedonski Telekom have submitted letters of interest to the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) in regards to the forthcoming auction for 5G spectrum...
South Asia
MetLife’s 360Health app crosses over 150,000 downloads in Bangladesh
Within a few months of its launch, MetLife’s 360Heath mobile app has been downloaded by over 150,000 users, making it one of the most useful and popular health and fitness apps in Bangladesh...
North Africa
Faster internet is on its way with Egypt's next satellite launch
The satellite has been officially moved from its manufacturing location at Thales Group’s headquarters in France, following the end of its manufacture and testing trials, all of which took two and a half years to...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Vecima expands IPTV footprint at Blue Ridge Communications
Vecima announced an expansion to its industry-leading MediaScale™ IP Video Streaming footprint at Blue Ridge Communications, one of the first broadband internet providers in the United States...
Tele2 launches new streaming packages on back of Viaplay deal
The move follows the strategic distribution partnerships struck earlier this year between Tele2 and Viaplay Group giving Tele2’s pay TV customers access to a range of Viaplay’s channels and streaming services...
Global Telecom Update
Fujitsu, NTT DOCOMO and NTT start joint 6G trials
Fujitsu will start working with NTT DOCOMO and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to conduct joint trials towards the realisation of practical applications for 6G...
Workz retains leading position amidst eSIM market growth
SIM and IoT solutions provider Workz has been identified as one of the top five eSIM platform providers in the world for the second year running despite increased market competition...
Thales introduces innovative IoT wireless communication module to help easily build a trusted 5G world
Thales announces the new Cinterion MV32 wireless communication module to help manufacturers create and Maintain stable, high-performance 5G equipment that will change lifestyles for years to come...
Middle East
355K active fiber internet subscription in Jordan by Q1 2022
The number of active fiber Internet subscriptions had hit 355,000 by the end of the first quarter of this year against 238,000 for broadband Internet services...
Over half of UAE population using digital wallets for first time
The survey sought to discover the growth in digital wallet usage among UAE residents as online payments surge...
Bahrain ‘ready to compete globally in e-commerce sector’
Bahrain is ready to compete regionally and globally in the field of e-commerce, said Sadiq Abdul Rasool, Chief Digital Officer of Bahrain's E-commerce platform
Tarabut Gateway partners with four Saudi banks as open banking nears
Tarabut Gateway, the largest Open Banking platform in the MENA region with a market presence in Bahrain, the UAE and KSA, announces four new key banking partnerships in KSA...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Telia shuts down a third of 3G base stations
From the start of the year to the end of May, the company has successfully shut down around a third of its 3,500 3G base stations, with services no longer available for around half of the population....
T-Mobile now offers voice calls over 5G in the US
T-Mobile has launched Voice over 5G (VoNR) in the US, allowing customers to make and receive voice calls over a 5G connection...
Satellite & Internet
Telenor Maritime signs capacity deal with Eutelsat for cruise connectivity
Telenor Maritime signed a capacity agreement with Eutelsat Communications for managed satellite services for cruise connectivity...
Paratus Namibia extends fiber connectivity to northern areas
Paratus Namibia has installed the first fiber connection at Ohakweenyanga village, just outside Ongwediva, fulfilling a promise made last year to provide fibre connectivity to underserved northern areas of the country...
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