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March 23, 2023
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AT&T expands 5G and fiber nationwide
From Fiber to 5G, AT&T has hit significant network milestones that are aggressively expanding coverage, increasing capacity and strengthening network resiliency. Over the past 5 years (2018–2022), AT&T invested more than $140 billion primarily in our U.S. wireless and wireline networks, including capital investments and acquisitions of wireless spectrum...
WSIS Forum highlights “the UAE’s Digital Journey”
The session shed light on a number of digital projects for both the federal and local governments, including FedNet, UAE Pass, and the digital verification platform (UAE Verify), in addition to "Tamm" application by Abu Dhabi Government and "Dubai Now" application by Dubai Digital...
Member News
•  AT&T uses NVIDIA AI to boost operations
Member Logo AT&T and NVIDIA have announced a collaboration in which AT&T will continue to transform its operations and enhance sustainability by using NVIDIA AI platforms for processing data, optimizing service-fleet routing and...
•  Nokia chosen by CANARIE as sole IP router provider of ultra-high-capacity backbone network for Canadian research, education and innovation
Member Logo Nokia announced that CANARIE, the high-speed backbone of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), has chosen the Nokia 7750 Service Router as the IP/MPLS platform to support its more than 34,000 km...
•  From startups to large companies: The cloud boosts the digital economy
Member Logo "Unleash Digital with Everything as a Service", the second Huawei Cloud Summit Middle East & Africa brought government leaders, cloud native industry experts, and customer representatives together from the Middle East,...
Policy and Regulation
Anatel approves a further 195 municipalities for 3.5GHz 5G
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that 3.5GHz licensees are able to activate 5G services in a further 195 municipalities...
WSIS Forum highlights “the UAE’s Digital Journey”
The session shed light on a number of digital projects for both the federal and local governments, including FedNet, UAE Pass, and the digital verification platform (UAE Verify), in addition to "Tamm" application by Abu...
South Asia
SLT-MOBITEL unveils ‘Empowering your business to go beyond Dreams’ for MSMEs offering total solutions for business prosperity
The total solutions provided will enable MSMEs towards greater business agility and help accelerate their business growth...
Robi and a2i launch Government Citizen Certification services payment through mobile balance
Aspire to Innovate (a2i) and Robi have collaborated to facilitate the payment for availing Government certification or Prottoyon & myGov services using mobile balance, which is popularly known as Direct Operator Billing...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Mobile Operator O2 UK refreshes 4G and 5G pay monthly plans
Mobile network operator O2 (VMO2) appears to have launched a tariff refresh of their Pay Monthly (SIM-Only and Phone) plans, which sees some prices rise (others stay the same), tweaks to data allowances and possibly a few...
Brazilian ISP Brisanet on course for Q2 5G launch
Brazilian ISP Brisanet said it is still on course to launch commercial 4G/5G services in the second quarter of this year...
Global Telecom Update
DT, IBM, R&D group fuel Europe’s quantum computing sector
Europe is fast becoming a hotbed of quantum computing activity that will boost the region’s secure networking capabilities and give its enterprise users cloud access to quantum computing platforms, with Deutsche...
Verizon (VZ) offers BlueJeans Basic for free virtual meeting
The new feature by Verizon subsidiary BlueJeans, which offers an interoperable cloud-based video conferencing service across a wide range of devices and conferencing platforms, is aimed to facilitate a seamless transition to...
Middle East
Ooredoo introduces Shahry+ and Qatarna+
Doha: Ooredoo – Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator – has announced a major overhaul of its postpaid offering, with its Shahry 5G and Qatarna 5G plans being revamped in line with evolving customer...
Hub71’s over 200 startups raise whopping $1.2bn in VC globally
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, had onboarded over 200 startups that raised a whopping AED4.5 billion (US$1.2 billion) collectively in venture capital (VC) and created more than 900 jobs by the end of 2022...
Proptech Estater closes US$5 million Series A funding round
Bahrain-based proptech Estater has closed its Series A funding round, raising over US$5 million with the round being led by undisclosed investors from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain...
North Africa
Haier lays foundation for success in thriving MEA region with new Egypt Ecological Park, featuring production capacities of over one million
The launch of the Egypt Ecological Park is set to strengthen Haier Smart Home’s global supply chain system, highlighting the company’s “Three in One” localization strategy, which is a vital component...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Streaming figures rise in Poland
In Poland streaming figures have risen as streaming viewership reached a record 6.4% of total TV time in February, according to research firm The Gauge...
Blu Digital debuts interactive cloud media QC automation platform
In a move that it says sets new quality control standard, Blu Digital Group has launched BluQC, described as an industry-first, cloud-based interactive QC solution with automation technology...
Satellite & Internet
Dimension Data brings OneWeb to Mozambique
Dimension Data Mozambique has expanded its partnership with South Africa-based solutions provider Q-KON Africa to offer OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) satellite services to business customers in Mozambique...
More than 6,400 East Grinstead homes now connected to Virgin Media O2’s gigabit network
Virgin Media O2 has announced it has connected more than 6,400 additional homes in East Grinstead to its network, bringing the benefits of gigabit broadband to thousands more people for the first time...
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