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November 30, 2023
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SAMENA Council and leading stakeholders embark on a groundbreaking Universal Broadband Financing initiative
SAMENA Telecommunications Council, in partnership with esteemed members of the Advocacy Taskforce of the former UN Broadband Commission Working Group on 21st Century Financing Models to Bridge the Connectivity Gap, including Smart Africa and Digicel, chaired a pivotal Broadband Development Financing Meeting, held at Vodafone Global Headquarters in London on 27th November 2023. Attended by more than 30 distinguished delegates from various sectors, the London meeting marked a significant milestone in global efforts to bridge the digital divide and bring connectivity to the unconnected, including in the SA-ME-NA region and neighboring regions...
Member News
•  e& becomes UAE’s first tech company to pilot a four-day workweek
Member Logo e& has piloted a four-day workweek for employees across three departments in the UAE, becoming the first technology company to embrace a global call for workplace flexibility...
•  Nokia joins Orange in United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) circular economy initiative
Member Logo Nokia announced that it is joining Orange in an initiative in Egypt under the UNIDO-run Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains initiative, co-funded by the European Union and the Government of Finland...
•  Huawei Sustainability Forum: Jeffrey Sachs advocates tech solutions to address SDG challenges
Member Logo Huawei's 2023 Sustainability Forum and its regional sessions concluded last week. Themed "Thriving Together with Tech: Realizing Sustainable Development," the event involved five regional sessions in China, Italy, Ghana,...
Policy and Regulation
CST issues the “Regulations of Accessing Locally Hosted Internet Content” document
CST highlighted that the Internet content covered includes all forms of data and services that are accessible via the Internet and are hosted inside the Kingdom such as video streaming, online games, content provided through...
Anatel approves another 623 municipalities for 3.5GHz use; 5G now authorised for 81% of the population
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency has confirmed that 3.5GHz licensees are able to activate 5G services in a further 623 municipalities from Monday 4 December...
Middle East
ADGM and CPX sign MoU to boost cybersecurity resilience
Together, the two organisations aim to promote a cyber-secure and resilient business environment, benefiting both Abu Dhabi and the larger UAE business community...
MIS inks US$9 million deal with Saudi AI authority
Al Moammar Information Systems Company (MIS) has signed a three-year contract worth SAR 34.08 million with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) to provide computer systems and technical support...
Warply and Mastercard announce MENA fintech alliance
The partners say that this collaboration is set to fuel digital transformation across diverse sectors and key markets in the MENA region, including Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, the UAE and Pakistan...
South Asia
Pakistan assembles over 15 million phones in 10 months of 2023
Data highlights the dominance of Chinese brands in the top 10 list of local producers and assemblers of mobile phones...
Huawei awarded BTCL's 5G readiness project
Huawei secured the job following comprehensive evaluations by entities such as the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Board of Directors of BTCL...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Ateme powers NT’s video delivery for live sports events
Thailand’s telecommunications operator NT has leveraged Ateme’s encoders to enhance video delivery for various prestigious sporting events throughout Asia and beyond over the last two years...
Bloomberg TV+ and Bloomberg Originals come to Freevee as FASTs
Bloomberg TV+ and Bloomberg Originals are now available as FAST channels on Amazon Freevee in the U.S., UK and Germany...
North Africa
Collaboration aims to accelerate hybrid multicloud adoption in Egypt
Hybrid multicloud computing company Nutanix and enterprise networking and security group Cisco have announced a collaboration in the Egyptian market...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Sunrise to decommission 3G network in Switzerland by mid-2025
Sunrise will decommission its 3G network by mid-2025 to focus on enhancing network quality and capacity with 5G technology...
Globe expands 5G network with 716 new sites
Globe has made significant strides in expanding its 5G network, connecting 716 new sites in the first nine months of the year...
Satellite & Internet
Edotco teams with Zeta IOS to create rural connectivity solutions
Under the partnership, edotco and Zeta IOS will develop an integrated solution that combines fixed wireless access (FWA) and Super Wi-Fi connectivity on the ground with satellite backhaul...
Telekom’s FTTH footprint reaches over 7 million homes
Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), says it upgraded fixed broadband speeds for an additional 364,000 households in October...
Global Telecom Update
DataVolt set to build sustainable data centres in Uzbekistan
DataVolt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with three ministries in Uzbekistan that will see it developing green data centres in the market...
AWS, Alianza team up to offer telco cloud infrastructure solutions
Alianza announced a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to transform how communication service providers (CSPs) deliver and monetize voice and cloud communications services...
AI robots to aid English education in Seoul schools
The English tutoring robots will aid students in brushing up their English language knowledge, conversation skills and pronunciation...
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