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March 29, 2023
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e& announced an innovation plan for Distributed Edge Data Centre Infrastructure with Net Zero Carbon Footprint in collaboration with Intel
e& announced a collaboration with Intel to provide technologies that respond to the demand for a sustainable distributed edge data centre infrastructure. Edge computing, which moves data processing closer to where users generate data, is fundamental for taking advantage of transformative technologies like edge-cloud artificial intelligence, 5G, video, online gaming, virtual reality and, in the future, 6G, immersive media and Metavers...
Industrywide Dialogue on Digital Competence, Secure Cyberspace, Sustainable & Green ICTs, and Emerging Digital Ecosystems across Economies to Ensue on May 15th at the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023 in the UAE
SAMENA Telecommunications Council announces that the annual congregation of the global and regional leaders, the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit, bringing market and government-sector representation from multiple continents, will be held in Dubai on May 15th. To be held under the theme “Sustainable Connectivity and Emerging Ecosystems in Digital Economy”, at Atlantis – The Palm, Dubai, the annual international industry leadership will bring renowned regional and global private-sector players to delve in discussions centered on ICT Infrastructure Requirements in Emerging Markets, SA-ME-NA Digital Services Landscape & New Digital Enablers; Multi-Dimensional Approaches in Cybersecurity; Evolution of 5G Digital...
Member News
•  stc a main sponsor of Al Qabas Ramadan Padel Tournament for second year in a row
Member Logo Kuwait Telecommunications Company – stc, a world-class digital leader providing innovative services and platforms to customers, enabling the digital transformation in Kuwait, announced that it is sponsoring the second...
•  Smiles users save over AED 200 million in 2022
Member Logo Smiles from e&, one of the largest lifestyle engagement programmes in the UAE revealed its top customer trends on the application sharing insights on customer’s favorite restaurants to food...
•  FIDE and Tech Mahindra announce dates for first & biggest global chess league
Member Logo FIDE and Tech Mahindra will explore innovative ways to promote the game through interactive technology-enabled platforms by leveraging next-generation technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality,...
•  Nokia enhances DOCOMO’s nationwide network with upgraded IP core and transport network slicing for 5G services
Member Logo Nokia announced it will enhance NTT DOCOMO, INC.’s (DOCOMO) nationwide IP core backbone and enable transport network slicing as it rolls out new 5G mobile services...
Recent Developments
•  Global Digital Regulatory Outlook 2023 reveals progress and challenges in connecting 1/3 of world's population
•  etisalat by e& partners with Aruba Networks to deploy Wi-Fi 6e technology for Fairmont Dubai, Fairmont Ajman, and Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
•  AT&T expands 5G and fiber nationwide
•  stc's Smart Bus concludes its first phase in Riyadh after enhancing digital literacy among the elderly
Policy and Regulation
Kuwait's MCI warns against phishing attacks
Kuwait's Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) has cautioned against opening fake links, sent through short messages, social media and sponsored ads using the ministry name, as it is used by scammers to get access to...
Senegal develops its national data strategy in partnership with Smart Africa and GIZ
Through a two-day workshop, experts from stakeholder groups and actors of the digital economy met to collect and exchange information on data infrastructures, the regulatory framework, governance and data uses in Senegal...
Ofcom consults on SAL framework; confirms annual fees for 10GHz, 28GHz and 32GHz bands
British telecoms regulator Ofcom is seeking input to inform its forthcoming review of the Shared Access Licence (SAL) framework, saying it will ‘consider changes to support users’ experiences in these...
Middle East
Artificial Intelligence market to reach US$1.9 billion by 2026
The UAE is expected to be one of the key markets for AI in the region, with the government and businesses investing heavily in AI initiatives...
Saudi Arabia leads Mena region in fintech growth
The Saudi fintech market is witnessing unprecedented growth and in recent years has begun to rival neighbouring economies such as Egypt and the UAE in startup investments, according to a report by the US-Saudi Business...
Bahwan CyberTek, SmarterD to build digital resilience for clients
Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) and SmarterD have tied up to help enterprises in the Mena and GCC region build digital value at scale, and implement frameworks to establish risk-aware ecosystems, strengthening core security...
South Asia
Elon Musk's Starlink ready to provide internet services in Pakistan
Elon Musk's company Starlink Internet Services has officially registered itself with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to provide internet services in Pakistan through satellite...
Vianet launches 2Gbps XGS-PON connection
Nepalese ISP Vianet Communications has announced the launch of the country’s first multi-gigabit broadband connection based on the latest XGS fibre technology with the unveiling of its 2Gbps ‘XGS-Extreme’...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Virgin inks Dazn distribution deal
As part of the agreement, the entertainment companies have plans for Dazn’s app to be made available for download on selected Virgin Media set-top boxes in future, making it even easier for sports fans to access...
United Group’s Nova passes 400k subscribers
United Group-owned Greek pay TV outfit Nova – formerly known as Forthnet – has passed the milestone of 400,000 subscribers, according to the company...
North Africa
Egypt mulls boosting ICT cooperation with Germany
The talks also covered Egypt’s digital strategy for the outsourcing industry and training qualified youth to export IT services...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Spark to shutter 3G network in late 2025 to clear space for rural 5G
New Zealand telco Spark has announced it will shut down its legacy 3G network towards the end of 2025, freeing up limited radio spectrum to enable the rollout of 5G in rural areas...
Vodafone Idea announces 5G partnership with Xiaomi
Vodafone Idea announced a strategic partnership with Xiaomi, that'll now enable Xiaomi's devices to be 5G-enabled on Vi's network...
Satellite & Internet
New satellite constellation for Moon-to-Earth comms to launch by 2025
Lockheed Martin has just announced that it believes it has the solution to NASA's communications requirements with its new Parsec Moon-to-Earth satellite network...
BT passes 10 million UK premises with FTTH
Openreach, BT’s semi-detached wholesale access arm, says it passed its 10 millionth premises with FTTH in the village of Kettonin in the East Midlands, in England...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone and Microsoft partner in Romania
Vodafone and Microsoft have signed an MoU aimed at accelerating the digitisation of the public and private sectors in Romania...
Mauritius implements Everbridge public warning solution
The solution was supplied by Everbridge, which specialises in critical event management (CEM) and national public warning solutions...
Digicel joins digital wallet game with MyCash
Telecommunications provider Digicel launched its MyCash mobile wallet, with the technology minister lauding such technology one way of countering the risk of carrying cash amid a series of robberies...
IBM to build Quantum Center with Fundación Ikerbasque
IBM will establish a leading quantum computational hub in partnership with Fundación Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science in the Basque Country of Spain...
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