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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
May 16, 2023
Featured Member News
AT&T and BlackRock expanding fiber internet to Northeastern Pennsylvania through Gigapower joint venture
AT&T plans to bring its award-winning, high-speed fiber internet service to Northeastern Pennsylvania. AT&T Fiber is expected to be available to select local residents and businesses in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region later this year...
TDRA participates in SAMENA Summit on the role of telecommunications in supporting the digital economy
With the active participation and sponsorship of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), SAMENA held its annual summit at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence in the United Arab Emirates as a guest of honor at the summit...
Member News
•  Nokia site solutions enhance power efficiency of AirScale deployments by up to 30 percent
Member Logo Nokia announced the availability of its new expanded portfolio of energy-efficient site solutions designed for its industry-leading AirScale baseband portfolio, including a pre-integrated ‘all-in-one’ cabinet...
•  Huawei and SAMENA Hosted the 5.5G Leaders’ Summit
Member Logo Huawei Middle East & Central Asia and SAMENA Telecommunications Council jointly hosted the 5.5G Leaders' Summit at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, UAE, with a theme "10Gbps, Striding towards the 5.5G Era"...
Recent Developments
•  Leading Digital Ecosystem Players Highlight Major Digital Economy & Ecosystem Imperatives and Socio-Economic Benefits of Digital Transformation at the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023
•  Huawei MECA President at SAMENA Leaders’ Summit 2023 stresses that thriving digital economy depends on sustainable connectivity and a large pool of skilled local talents
•  Cisco accelerates full stack observability strategy with customer digital experience monitoring
•  Unveiling of ‘Zain Omantel International’ (ZOI) to revolutionize the telecommunications landscape
Policy and Regulation
DICT admits SIM registrations won’t top 100M
The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) confirmed that between 95 million and 96 million mobile SIMs were registered nationwide by 10th May...
TDRA participates in SAMENA Summit on the role of telecommunications in supporting the digital economy
With the active participation and sponsorship of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), SAMENA held its annual summit at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan...
South Asia
SLT Group achieves stable revenues for Q1, remaining resilient despite challenges
Navigating challenging and volatile market conditions, the Group has emerged stronger, securing business sustainability equipped with a future-ready workforce...
Mobile phone users reach nearly 184 million in Bangladesh
The total number of Bangladesh's mobile phone users is close to nearly 184 million at the end of March this year, according to the latest sector indicators...
Content & Immersive Technologies
iQIYI sees strong subscriber, revenue and profit growth
Leading Chinese streaming provider iQIYI has posted strong year-on-year revenue and subscriber growth in its Q1 numbers...
SPI and Thema expand into Mongolia
The Canal+ companies SPI International and Thema have joined forces to bring the SPI channels Gametoon and FightBox to Mongolia...
Global Telecom Update
Amdocs and Microsoft develop new use cases in Dallas 5G Experience Lab
Amdocs revealed new use cases developed with Microsoft in its Americas 5G Experience Lab in Dallas, Texas, offering a look at how private networks, edge computing solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) and more can come...
Rakuten seeks billions from investors to shore up its mobile strategy
Japan’s Rakuten Group has confirmed plans to raise ¥332.2bn (US$2.45bn) by issuing new shares, mostly through a public offering, and noted that it will use the proceeds to pay off some of its existing debt and to...
DE-CIX teams with Connected Nation, Newby Ventures to close digital divide in US
Strategic partnership with non-profit organisations designed to enable operator of internet exchanges in smaller cities and rural areas to significantly improve regional online performance...
Middle East
‘Aim for digital society’; ‘Kuwait 2035 Vision’ goals targeted
The technology company BMI recently determined the value of information and communication technology infrastructure projects in Kuwait at a value of US$27.6 billion, as part of the bidding stages to implement the “New...
Speedcast expands their presence in Saudi Arabia
Speedcast has made significant progress in this important market by securing its Internet Service Provider (ISP) license from the CST...
Ooredoo to support SMEs
Committed to supporting the digital transformation and growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Oman, Ooredoo has partnered with eight new SME indirect sales channel partners, to provide value-added services to other...
Beyon to invest US$250 million in cable systems, data centre
Beyon is developing Bahrain’s biggest and most advanced Data Centre that will be located within Beyon Data Oasis, being developed on a 140,000 sq m site located in the south of Bahrain...
North Africa
Spotify adds Egyptian, Moroccan and Saudi Arabic dialects on its mobile platform
This expansion unlocks a more tailored experience for Spotify users, empowering a wider global audience to enjoy the platform in their mother tongue...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
More Telecom debuts 5G mobile broadband
Tecoo More Telecom has expanded its mobile product offering with the launch of a new 5G mobile broadband service, aimed at providing customers across Australia with “reliable and fast connectivity while on the...
Tele2 achieves 5G speeds of 4.45Gbps in Lithuania
Tele2 Lithuania has announced it has achieved download speeds of 4.45Gbps during tests carried out in its 5G network...
Satellite & Internet
New partnership aims to boost broadband connectivity across Africa
A new distribution partnership agreement for high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity across Africa has been announced...
Hellenic Open Fiber becomes United Fiber
Greek fixed and mobile operator Nova, part of United Group, has renamed its wholesale networks unit and accelerated its plans for the rollout of advanced fixed broadband networks across the country...
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