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May 24, 2023
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WSIS seminar urges for ICT collaboration and cybersecurity common standards
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) seminar titled “Enhance Digital Trust for a Sustainable, Connected, Intelligent World”, sponsored by Huawei and held during the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023, concluded that digital transformation will only realize its potential social and economic benefits if responsibilities are shared by different stakeholders with specific roles. The seminar explored the opportunities and challenges posed by ICT and digital transformation. Leaders from the Arab ICT Organisation, GSMA, Huawei, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UAE Government, the UAE Computer Emergency Response, Mobily and stc Group called for multi-stakeholder collaboration including governments,...
Zain Omantel International to revolutionize the telecommunications landscape
Zain, a leading telecommunications operator providing digital and ICT services in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, and Omantel, Oman's leading integrated telecommunications services provider and the preeminent regional wholesale provider, announce the launch of ‘Zain Omantel International’ (ZOI), an unprecedented joint venture that will establish itself as the Middle East’s premier international wholesale services provider. This groundbreaking partnership aims to revolutionize the wholesale telecommunications sector by offering a unique proposition that combines the strengths of both parties to deliver unparalleled service and support to customers worldwide...
Member News
•  e& international and Circles form a joint venture to provide best-in-class digital telco experiences
Member Logo e& international announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Circles, a global technology company, to bring best-in-class digital experiences to customers across its operating markets and beyond...
•  Zain wins two distinguished awards in Sustainability and Women’s Empowerment
Member Logo Zain, a leading provider of innovative technologies and digital lifestyle communications operating in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, continues to be recognized for its pioneering endeavors in the areas of...
•  Nokia expands Fixed Network SaaS suite with AI solution to strengthen operators’ service offering
Member Logo Nokia has announced an expansion of its Fixed Network solutions suite available through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model, with the launch of AVA Fixed Network Insights that will enable operators to strengthen...
Recent Developments
•  center3, owned by stc group and Alcatel Submarine Networks to connect Saudi Arabia with Europe by building the EMC West subsea and terrestrial data cables
•  Eutelsat releases third quarter and nine month 2022-23 revenues
•  stc group raised its 4G & 5G network capacity by more than 350% during the Arab Summit Conference
•  Cisco reports third quarter earnings
Policy and Regulation
Gov’t to launch unified digital platform — Jordan
The government is set to launch a unified digital platform to serve as a hub for electronic participation and interaction between government institutions and citizens, according to a well-informed government source in the IT...
TRA Oman dialogue with stakeholders highlights communication issues
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman organised a productive dialogue meeting at its headquarters, focusing on communication topics related to beneficiaries' requests, complaints procedures, quality...
South Asia
Bangladesh holds discussion on telecom services
A discussion meeting was held in Bangladesh on various aspects of Barisal’s telecommunication services, infrastructural facilities and cyber security...
Zong 4G joins hands with Resource Linked to empower corporate sector with digital connectivity solutions
Under this agreement, Zong 4G will provide Corporate Voice, Data & customized Enterprise solutions products to Resource Linked, as well as its new startup, Snapp I/O, enabling them to perform daily operations with more...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Comcast launches Now TV budget streaming service
Comcast is going after streamers who want general entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge channels with a new skinny streaming bundle called Now TV...
Dizi joins Prime Video Channels in Sweden and Germany
SPI International’s Turkish series hub Dizi has expanded its reach in Western Europe by launching on Prime Video Channels in Sweden and Germany...
Global Telecom Update
Iliad hits 10 million mobile subs in Italy
Iliad Italy has announced that it has reached the milestone of ten million active mobile subscriptions, just under five years since it launched to become Italy’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO)...
IoT services see solid growth
While IoT services and connections are growing, GlobalData forecasts that connectivity revenue growth (5-year CAGR of 6%) is lower than other aspects of IoT growth (5-year CAGR of 10%)...
MTN Ghana on track to invest US$1 billion in network by 2026
MTN Ghana CEO Selorm Adadevoh said the unit is expected to exceed the US$1 billion infrastructure investment target it set out in 2021 by 2026...
Middle East
Thuraya, eSAT Global announce satellite IoT breakthrough
This is a pivotal breakthrough in the on-going efforts to create a favourable framework for the next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity...
Dr Al Kuwaiti highlights the importance of strengthening UAE’s telecom cybersecurity
With the increasing number of cybersecurity attacks over the years, it is critical to not only follow the country’s information security standards and policies to protect the country’s digital sphere...
SBM launches first national Center for Digital Transformation, Research, and Information Technology Development
Saudi Business Machines (SBM) has announced the official launch of the Digital Transformation, Research, and Information Technology Development Center, (TECHXAGON)...
VisionLabs makes retail deal in Oman, deploys AI checkpoint system with Sberbank
Russian-founded and Netherlands-headquartered facial recognition company VisionLabs is seeking out new international deals, this time in Oman where it will be deploying its facial recognition payment solution...
North Africa
Egypt aims to enhance contribution of IT sector to GDP
Egypt’s digital strategy aims to enhance the contribution of the communications and information technology sector to the gross domestic product, attract foreign investments, and support Egypt’s capabilities in...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
A1 Bulgaria runs 5G SA Cloud RAN pilot in commercial network
The trial took place in Sofia, where the companies performed an end-to-end 5G data call (Layer 3 call) running on Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution and its AirFrame servers...
China's 5G construction continues steady growth
By the end of April, the total number of 5G base stations in the country had reached 2.73 million, accounting for 24.5 percent of its tally of mobile base stations...
Satellite & Internet
Coral Expeditions provides ultra-fast Internet in remote regions
Queensland-based Coral Expeditions installed advanced satellite and 4G broadband connectivity in its three ships, giving passengers and crew high-speed Internet service while exploring remote regions...
Azerbaijan building high speed telecommunications network in Lachin
Under the project, it’s planned to provide all households in the country with broadband internet access at a minimum speed of 25 MB/s by the end of 2024 through GPON and other broadband technologies..
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