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February 29, 2024
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UNDP and SAMENA Telecommunications Council forge digital alliance to accelerate progress on digital-led sustainable development in the Arab States
The partnership between UNDP and SAMENA Telecommunications Council under the D4SD initiative aims to leverage digital technologies to address key sustainable development challenges in the Arab region. Through this collaboration, both organizations are committed to working towards promoting digital inclusion, advocating for sustainable development goals, and enhancing connectivity and digitalization initiatives in the region...
e& and Huawei sign a strategic MoU to build green and energy efficient networks
e& and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during MWC 2024 to collaborate on building green and energy-efficient networks in the UAE to significantly reduce carbon emissions and contribute to sustainable environmental practices...
Member News
•  Omantel leverages its partnership with Google Cloud to offer predictive analysis, API monetization to businesses and the first in META Google Distributed Cloud Edge solution
Member Logo Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunications services in the Sultanate of Oman, is thrilled to announce its monumental collaboration with Google to introduce the first Google Distributed Cloud Edge solution...
•  stc Group receives Contributors Award in cybersecurity at MWC 2024 in Barcelona
Member Logo stc Group, a global leader in digital transformation, has been awarded the GSMA T-ISAC Contributors Award at the 2024 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain...
•  e& UAE partners with AWS to elevate customer experiences with custom Generative AI
Member Logo These technologies are set to create real-time personalised recommendations, offering customised news feeds, product recommendations, and exclusive promotional materials to enhance customer experiences...
•  Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Tech Mahindra unite to build Garuda, an LLM for Bahasa Indonesia and its dialects
Member Logo Garuda will be built on the principles of Tech Mahindra's indigenous LLM 'Project Indus', a foundational model designed to converse in a multitude of Indic languages and dialects...
•  Huawei and du sign strategic cooperation MOU, building the 5G Advanced country
Member Logo During MWC 2024 in Barcelona, Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on strategic cooperation between Huawei and the leading telecom operator “du” in the UAE...
Recent Developments
•  stc Group is the first brownfield operator in Middle East & Africa to award a project for building a 4G/5G Open RAN network
•  SAMENA Telecommunications Council Facilitates Dialogue on Digitalizing Governments & Private Sector during MWC Barcelona
•  Cisco collaborates with du Telecom in a landmark cybersecurity transformation initiative
•  Tadoom Vision: Oman's first CCTV operator in strategic partnership with China Telecom
Policy and Regulation
CST Governor chaired the Saudi delegation at the Mobile World Congress 2024
This participation aimed at highlighting the Kingdom’s visions and initiatives in the global telecom sector, and promoting the Kingdom’s continuous collaborations and goals with international institutions...
Early warning system in coastal areas complete: TRA
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the successful implementation of an early warning system in coastal regions in a collaborative effort with Civil Aviation Authority and service operators...
North Africa
Telecom Egypt trials 5G, 1.2 Tbps DWDM and 50G PON
Telecom Egypt released a barrage of announcements at Mobile World Congress this week covering two 5G partnerships, Africa’s first 1.2 Tbps fibre connection and a 50G PON trial...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone UK completes 3G shutdown to enhance 4G/5G services
Vodafone UK has followed EE’s announcement this week by officially shutting down its 3G mobile network nationwide...
Nigeria, others to see major shift to 4G, 5G by 2030
This significant growth in 4G adoption will largely be the result of ongoing efforts to modernize and expand telecom networks, with operators in the region expected to invest US$75 billion in their networks from 2023 to...
Satellite & Internet
Intelsat and AMN help to connect rural Madagascar
Among satellite operator Intelsat’s announcements for MWC 2024 is news of a communications service in Madagascar running in 65 communities, providing first-time connectivity to about 100,000 people...
TiVo Broadband signs up first operator customers
Xperi-owned video technology outfit TiVo has signed up the first four operators to take its TiVo Broadband offering...
Global Telecom Update
LG Uplus seeks partnership with Google, Meta in AI push
LG Uplus, one of the top three telecommunications providers in South Korea, has announced its venture into the generative AI field with the introduction of its AI model, ixi-GEN, setting the stage for competition with its...
AWS lands generative AI partnerships with CelcomDigi and Maxis
Amazon Web Services (AWS) signed separate deals with Malaysian telcos CelcomDigi and Maxis to collaborate on generative AI solutions to improve network operations and develop use cases...
Airtel Africa launches ads platform for advertisers and agencies
Airtel Ads will allow advertisers and agencies to efficiently manage, purchase, and optimize digital ad inventory across multiple ad exchanges in real-time...
Middle East
Fortinet to back Google launch new cloud region in Saudi Arabia
The cloud region brings high-performance, low-latency services and solutions to organisations across the Middle East...
Wahyd continues to transform GCC logistics with its advanced truck booking app
This platform seamlessly connects shippers with a vast network of professional transporters, facilitating the efficient, reliable transportation of goods across the region...
Presight to showcase new Generative AI policing solutions at the World Police Summit 2024
Presight, a leading big data analytics company powered by Generative AI, will reveal its latest public safety and law enforcement solutions at the World Police Summit 2024, positioning itself as the Industry Leader and...
Ericsson and iot squared sign MoU to transform Saudi Arabia
The partnership will increase awareness of the importance of waste management and contribute to shaping a more sustainable future in the country...
DYXnet expands global network coverage with new point-of-presence in Dubai
DYXnet expands its global network with a new PoP in Dubai, offering integrated network, cloud, and security services to capitalize on emerging markets in the Middle East and facilitate global expansion for enterprises,...
South Asia
PTA, Malaysian Commission sign letter of cooperation to boost telecom sector
The two sides will collaborate on digital connectivity, proliferation of fixed broadband services, satellite-based telecommunication services, network security and Internet governance; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet...
Robi Axiata company Axentec launches data center in Bangladesh
The telco launched its Axentec subsidiary earlier this year through which it plans to provide cloud, data center, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, blockchain, cybersecurity, ERP, and IoT services and solutions...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Netgem unifies TV, streaming and cloud gaming
The first service that brings together TV, streaming and cloud gaming has gone live on the Zeop network in the French department of Réunion...
wedotv launches on Intelsat, Sling, and Local Now in US
Swiss streaming platform, Wedotv, has made the move into the US market with the launch of its FAST channels and AVOD channel...
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