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March 19, 2023
Featured Member News
stc Pay Bahrain gets officially licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain and launched as a new subsidiary of stc Bahrain
stc Bahrain, a world-class digital enabler, commemorates 13 years of pioneering Bahrain's journey to digital transformation and contributing to its vision of evolving into a cashless and digital economy. Leveraging the technology ecosystem to deliver intelligent and sustainable digital payment solutions, stc Pay is now launched as a new subsidiary company of stc Bahrain, officially licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain...
Member News
•  Zain empowers women and girls to pursue STEM careers
Member Logo Zain, Kuwait’s leading digital service provider, participated in the Women Economic Empowerment Platform’s event, featuring a panel discussion that brought together executives and officials from the public and...
•  SES’s fourth and fifth C-band satellites for the United States successfully launched
Member Logo SES announced today that the SES-18 and SES-19 satellites, designed and assembled by Northrop Grumman, were successfully launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, United...
•  Nokia wireless connectivity supporting The Ocean Cleanup to rid the oceans of plastic
Member Logo Nokia has today announced it will deploy private wireless connectivity, network edge equipment and analytics for The Ocean Cleanup, the international non-profit project working to develop and scale technologies to rid the...
Policy and Regulation
UK home broadband speeds continue to increase
Data from Ofcom shows the average download speed for home broadband connections in the UK has increased by 10%...
NCC set to curb data depletion for telecom consumers
The Nigerian Communication Commission, (NCC) has announced plans to introduce measures to curb data depletion for telecom consumers...
Middle East
Saudi Arabia top 2 in G20 for digital systems preparedness
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ranked second among the G20 members and fourth globally in the preparedness of digital systems, according to the latest report released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)...
Vodafone aims to cover 60% of Omanis with 5G by year-end
Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT), which provides services under the brand name Vodafone Oman, says it ended December 2022 with around 450,000 mobile subscriptions...
Ooredoo Qatar to Rollout Fibre to the Room Technology
Ooredoo Qatar says the new Fiber to the Room (FTTR) technology allows customers to connect every room in their home, including the majlis, to superfast fiber cable resulting in improved coverage of up to 10x, stable speed...
South Asia
SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise empowers MSMEs with comprehensive innovative solutions
SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise has launched comprehensive and innovative solutions such as Bizlife packages, SLTM DataOne and Hosting Cub at a launch ceremony held in Shangri-La, Colombo, recently...
Ncell brings ‘Mazzako Plan’ for customers with high-volume data needs
The operator believes that the attractive plan bundled with data and voice will help meet the customers’ demand for higher communication needs ensuring effective services at affordable rates...
Content & Immersive Technologies
MBC Group and NBC Universal extend multi-year deal
MBC Group and NBC Universal have extended its agreement to deliver content from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation to the MENA market...
Vodafone Hungary expands streaming offer
According to the company, Vodafone TV has also renewed its services and TV HD Basic will now be TV HD Basic, TV HD Plus will now be TV HD Family, and TV HD Max+ Filmbox Pro will now be available as TV HD Extra Filmbox Pro...
North Africa
Etisalat by e& Egypt and Mastercard partnership will redefine digital experience and commerce for millions in Egypt
The partnership falls within the framework of Etisalat by e& Egypt’s strategy that puts customers at its core and views the provision of the latest and most secure services as one of its priorities...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
MTN's 5G rollout in Africa continues with Cote d’Ivoire
Fifteen months after conducting 5G pilot testing in the country, MTN Côte d’Ivoire has announced that its 5G services will be available by the start of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), scheduled for January...
Ucell gives selected users three months unlimited 5G usage
Uzbek mobile operator Ucell has introduced a 5G promotion for customers on its ‘Doimiy’ standard tariffs, enabling unlimited internet access on its fledgling 5G network for three months...
Satellite & Internet
Project Kuiper expects to launch first satellites in 1H24
Project Kuiper, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband venture that is being developed by US web giant Amazon, hopes to launch its first satellites in the first half of 2024, and commence testing shortly after...
Virgin Media O2 creates unique connected playground
Virgin Media O2 gives children a glimpse into the future with its connected playground experience that utilizes its gigabit broadband network and 5G mobile network to power lights, sound, and interactive equipment...
Global Telecom Update
PLDT sells off more towers
PLDT subsidiaries Smart Communications and Digital Mobile Philippines struck a sale and leaseback deal with Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, for 1,012 sites worth PHP12.1 billion (US$220.7 million), continuing its...
Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, Ericsson partner to enhance new digital offers for customers
With this journey, Indosat seeks to boost its competitive edge with many new opportunities centered around digital networking – partner ecosystems, metaverse, new business models, multichannel engagements, network...
SKT partners with Pindrop to bring next generation voice security and authentication to the market
SK Telecom announced its partnership with Pindrop, an industry leader offering voice security, identity and intelligence, to bring secure voice authentication and voice liveness detection to the Korean market...
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