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August 8, 2022
Featured Member News
Zain joins UN Global Compact initiative for responsible business practices
With this announcement, Zain is proud to join thousands of other companies globally, and a select few telcos from the Middle East region, in making this commitment to taking responsible business action to create the world we all want...
Saudi Vision 2030 offers huge scope for Pakistani IT sector: Report
In line with the Saudi Arabia’s plan to modernise its economy under the mega-investment plan and Vision 2030 programme, Riyadh is working to develop new cities in the Kingdom that offer “huge investment opportunities” for Pakistani companies especially IT companies...
Member News
•  etisalat by e& UAE announces exclusive offer for senior Emirati citizens
Member Logo Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat by e&, announced its exclusive offer for senior Emirati citizens as a token of gratitude for their contribution to the growth and development of the UAE. This is also aligned with the...
•  Nokia selected by Bharti Airtel for 5G deployment
Member Logo This multi-year deal follows the recently concluded 5G spectrum auctions and allocation of pan-India spectrum to Bharti Airtel, supporting their ambition to take India into the 5G era...
•  Huawei launches Spark Ignite 2022 for Thai start-ups
Member Logo Thailand has been launched by Huawei and its partners from the government and the private sector. This competition is intended to accelerate innovation within Thai startups and promote their products and services to help...
Policy and Regulation
Communications Ministry to launch Iraqi satellite
The Iraqi Ministry of Communications revealed on Sunday new steps taken to launch the first Iraqi satellite, according to the state news agency (INA)...
North Africa
ITIDA, Valeo sign MoU to increase software exports from Egypt
Under this MoU, Valeo will expand its business in Egypt, increase its exports of software services, and provide additional job opportunities for more than 850 engineers based in Egypt in order to export software to its...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
PLDT plans Philippines 3G shutdown
Interestingly, while 3G shutdown is not seen as a major hurdle, PLDT-Smart president and CEO Alfredo Panlilio has been widely quoted as saying that the bigger challenge is bringing the 2G users to 4G...
One launches commercial 5G network in Podgorica
Montenegrin mobile network operator One has announced the commercial launch of its 5G network in the capital Podgorica, with plans to cover all urban areas of the country during the next year...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Disney+ launches on Foxtel STBs
Australian telco The Foxtel Group has announced the integration of Disney+ on its set-top boxes...
Paramount+ joins Roku Channel’s premium subscription line-up
Paramount+ will be added to Roku later this month. The new launch streaming service will be made available directly to consumers through The Roku Channel...
Satellite & Internet
Comtech to provide cellular backhaul connectivity in Latin America
The Comtech ELEVATE™ solution will enable this Tier One operator to expand its coverage across the region and improve Quality of Service and Quality of Experience for the users of cellular services...
Globe Telecom commences US$150 million fiber cable project
Globe Telecom has partnered with two other telecom players to construct a US$150 million fiber cable network to boost mobile and broadband services...
Middle East
Ooredoo Oman builds for Vision 2040
Qatari telco Ooredoo is investing in infrastructure for Oman (pictured) to meet demand from thriving local economies in Barka, Salalah, and Sohar, it has announced...
KSA’s MISA closes 49 deals worth US$925 million in Q2
This is set to create about 2,000 new jobs in diverse sectors such as advanced manufacturing, construction and real estate, ICT, tourism, entertainment and sports, says MISA’s Q2 2022 Investment Highlights report...
DEWA’s R&D Centre invests in AI & machine learning to improve efficiency, reduce costs
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) R&D Centre employs Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) to promote DEWA’s efforts to enrich the experience of customers,...
South Asia
Huawei Cloud and Digital Power team onboard 60 New Members to Serve Bangladesh
With the intention of creating opportunities for the youth to work in the ICT sector so that they can contribute to the betterment of the country, Huawei came up with the idea of recruiting fresh graduates...
Saudi Vision 2030 offers huge scope for Pakistani IT sector: Report
In line with the Saudi Arabia’s plan to modernise its economy under the mega-investment plan and Vision 2030 programme, Riyadh is working to develop new cities in the Kingdom that offer “huge investment...
Global Telecom Update
Viettel Telecom introduces tracking device vTag
Viettel Telecom has officially launched a tracking device called vTag, which Viettel hopes can compete with Apple's AirTag...
Finland to pilot digital passports for contactless cross-border travel
Residents of Finland could be the first in the European Union to test the use of a digital passport stored on their mobile phone to verify their identity when they travel abroad...
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