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February 12, 2024
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Ooredoo Kuwait Group reported EBITDA growth of 10% to reach KWD 249 million in 2023
National Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C.P “Ooredoo” announced its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2023...
Member News
•  Zain launches “Bede” in Bahrain: An innovative fintech app offering instant Islamic personal finance solutions
Member Logo Zain FinTech, the financial services arm of Zain Group, a leading provider of innovative technologies and digital lifestyle communications operating in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces the launch of...
•  stc Group and iBASIS sign MoU to develop IoT services in MENA
Member Logo stc Group, the leading digital enabler in MENA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with iBASIS, the leading independent provider of communications solutions for operators and digital players worldwide, that aims...
•  Nokia to modernize Ucom's mobile network in Armenia for future transition to 5G
Member Logo Nokia has been selected by Ucom to upgrade its nationwide radio access network (RAN), improving performance and preparing for the future deployment of 5G services in Armenia. In addition, Nokia will upgrade Ucom's core...
Recent Developments
•  China Mobile International and Batelco announce partnership at Capacity Middle East 2024
•  Cisco Duo plans to launch new cloud data center in the UAE to support customer cybersecurity readiness
•  China Mobile International and Mobily forge alliance to elevate market offerings
•  Vodafone and e& join forces to support other operators
Policy and Regulation
Iraqi PM pushes for better telecom, revenue, and digital security
In a meeting with representatives of the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), al-Sudani discussed launching the fourth mobile network license to increase competition and potentially attract billions in revenue...
Explore space and unlock the future through the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program
CST invites students to join the scholarship program, which allows them to enroll for Bachelors and Masters through Alrowad Path which includes the best 30 international universities, or Emdad Path which involves the best...
South Asia
China-Pak coop constructing smart city through use of AI technology
In the context of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese and Pakistani researchers are helping Pakistan build smarter and safer cities through the use...
Grameenphone launches B2C/B2B app marketplace
Bangladesh operator Grameenphone has launched “AppCity”, ,which it says is the country’s first cross-platform app marketplace that serves as both an app store and an API hub...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Amazon Prime Video secures Viaplay content in Nordics as demand for local fare outgrows supply
Amazon Prime Video has closed an exclusive deal with struggling Nordic streamer Viaplay to bring nine of the latter’s brand new TV series to its service in the Nordic markets, along with library content, from April...
Showmax predicted to become Africa’s second largest platform
Sub-Saharan Africa will have 16 million paying SVOD subscriptions by 2029, according to Digital TV Research...
Global Telecom Update
Intracom Telecom unveils new generation E-Band radios
Intracom Telecom, a global technology systems and solutions provider, is set to reveal its latest E-Band radio products at the upcoming MWC Barcelona event taking place from February 26-29, 2024...
Kyndryl and Google Cloud partner on Enterprise-ready GenAI
Kyndryl and Google Cloud have worked together since 2021 to help global businesses transform with Google Cloud’s advanced AI capabilities and trusted infrastructure...
Sateliot to help wildlife conservation in Africa using 5G IoT satellites
With this agreement, EWT will benefit from global connectivity at no extra costs, enabling massive deployments of IoT devices and improving their current operations...
Middle East
Bahrain event to explore the fusion of cybersecurity and AI
The event aims to empower cybersecurity companies with smart solutions to enhance their security measures and identify potential gaps in their systems and applications, said a top official...
Wahyd's digital marketplace redefines efficiency and connectivity
Wahyd Logistics' groundbreaking Logistics Marketplace platform is revolutionizing UAE's logistics sector, enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and promoting sustainability, while positioning itself as a key player...
Jordanian IT firms embrace AI with 63% incorporating the technology: study
Jordanian information technology companies are embracing artificial intelligence, with up to 63 percent incorporating AI into their products and services, according to a recent study...
Alliance Networks wins IFL for connectivity solutions in Bahrain
Under this new license, Alliance Networks moves into a new era of expansion, allowing the deployment of international subsea and terrestrial infrastructure in the country...
North Africa
Tunisia launches cutting-edge RASME tool for project monitoring
RASME provides real-time digital data-gathering tools that enable the Bank, its clients and development partners to prepare projects effectively, report on their progress and evaluate impact transparently...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone announce start of 3G switch off in Wrexham
The programme means the radio spectrum currently allocated for 3G can be used to strengthen 4G and 5G services further across the UK...
5G network slicing showed off in action for the first time
5G network slicing can seemingly enhance performance, bandwidth availability, and latency, providing an "immersive experience" in the upcoming 5G SA era, according to BT...
Satellite & Internet
Yuanxin raises US$932 million to support Shanghai’s G60 Starlink constellation
A Shanghai-based satellite startup has successfully raised RMB6.7 billion (US$932 million) from primarily state-affiliated investors, as part of an ambitious plan to fulfill a Shanghai initiative aimed at establishing a...
Bayobab announces landing of 2Africa submarine fiber optic Cable in Nigeria
45,000 km long, 2Africa is expected to connect 33 countries on three continents and provide improved connectivity to around three billion people...
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