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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
March 22, 2023
Featured Member News
stc's Smart Bus concludes its first phase in Riyadh after enhancing digital literacy among the elderly
stc group, the digital enabler in the region, concluded its first phase of the smart bus tour, launched to enable the elderly to handle modern technologies. The smart bus toured many governorates in Riyadh, which is considered part of stc's community initiatives to enhance digital knowledge for all segments of society in the Kingdom and achieve sustainability and social responsibility goals...
Member News
•  Nokia and AT&T leverage advanced intelligence of the Open RAN compliant near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller with native E2 in successful trial
Member Logo Nokia and AT&T announced the successful trial of innovative near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) xApps with the native E2 interface...
•  Unleash digital with everything as a service
Member Logo This event brings together over 300 government officers, cloud native industry experts, and customer representatives from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, with the aim of exploring how to make the best out of cloud...
Recent Developments
•  CMI and du announced strategic partnership in developing IoV market
•  Omantel partners with Wingu Group to expand into the African Market through Djibouti
•  stc Pay Bahrain gets officially licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain and launched as a new subsidiary of stc Bahrain
•  stc Group to digitally power the Formula 1 stc Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023 for third consecutive year
Policy and Regulation
Jordan leads Arab countries in drafting social media regulation strategy
Jordan is spearheading an initiative with other Arab countries to draft a strategy that would regulate social media platforms, protect users from harmful and illegal content, and create a framework for digital taxation,...
Jendela: Malaysia’s 4G now covers 97pc of populated areas, 5G at 54.7pc
ccording to the minister, Malaysia’s 4G network now covers 96.92 per cent of populated areas, which is slightly more than its initial target of 96.9 per cent population coverage...
Middle East
Digital Cooperation Organization welcomes six new observers
The Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) has welcomed six new Observers -- BTECH, Deloitte, the Islamic Development Bank, Mobily, OneWeb, and Visa, who will join its group of 16 existing DCO Observers...
Mastercard and QNB launch “myPOS” tap on phone service for small businesses in Qatar
This partnership marks a new milestone between QNB and Mastercard while it reflects the bank’s vision to promote omnichannel environment through the development of innovative, affordable and convenient payment...
Zain KSA to train 50,000 young Saudi men and women in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources
Zain KSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development to train 50,000 Saudi men and women in the next 3 years...
South Asia
Bangladesh operators return to subscriber growth
Recent data showed mobile subscriber numbers in Bangladesh grew for the second consecutive month in February after falling by more than 4 million in H2 2022 due to market leader Grameenphone facing a ban on selling SIMs...
Nepalese ISP receives massive investment for service expansion
The capital provided by BII and DIF II will enable WorldLink to provide reliable internet service to more small and medium enterprises and households, supporting the development of enterprises and connecting them with the...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Qwilt taps Telefónica for content distribution in Spain
Video delivery firm, Qwilt has teamed up with the telco provider Telefónica to build a content distribution system in Spain based on the union of both companies’ technologies...
New German sports streaming service Dyn launches on August 23
The new German sports streaming service Dyn will launch on August 23 with the Handball Supercup 2023, in which the German champion will meet the DHB Cup winner...
North Africa
Morocco to host 1st edition of GITEX Africa
GITEX Africa Morocco aims to promote the dynamics of the national digital ecosystem, to highlight the various advances and innovative achievements of the public and private sector, and to identify opportunities for...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
VMO2 brings its first 4G/5G services to the London Underground
Virgin Media O2 has launched its first 4G and 5G services on sections of the Central and Northern Lines, enabling its customers to benefit from very high-speed mobile connectivity on the Tube network for the first time...
Plus expands 5G coverage to 20 million Poles
Polish telco Plus (registered as Polkomtel) has expanded its 5G network to cover more than 20 million residents in almost 1,000 cities and towns across the country...
Satellite & Internet
Neo Networks connects 91 more Oxford Gigahubs
UK fiber layer Neos Networks is to run fibre to 91 new public sector sites this year, as part of a mission to give the communal hubs like schools, libraries and hospitals gigabit grade full fibre broadband...
Argentina’s ARSAT partners CPI to connect rural areas of four countries
ARSAT, the national Argentinian telecommunications company, recently awarded Communications & Power Industries (CPI) an approximately US$20 million three-year contract to provide large, Ka-band telemetry, tracking and...
Global Telecom Update
Qwilt, Telefonica partner on content distribution system
Spanish telco Telefonica is working with Open Edge company Qwilt on a new content distribution system based on the union of both companies’ technologies...
Zambian government signs MoU with Liquid Telecommunications for new data center
The MoU will see the establishment of a commercialized data center and several fiber projects in Zambia. While not yet confirmed, those projects may include building new fiber routes or lighting dark fiber on existing...
Hungary raises interest in Yettel in exchange for boosting 4iG’s Vodafone stake
Hungary’s state-owned investment vehicle Corvinus International Investment has obtained indirect minority stakes in both the mobile operator Yettel Hungary and its infrastructure unit CETIN Hungary...
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