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March 5, 2024
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Cisco powered the MWC Barcelona 2024 secure wireless experiences
Cisco collaborated with Fira de Barcelona at its Montjuïc and Gran Via venues to manage the MWC Barcelona network for the 13th consecutive year, providing all attendees simple, seamless and secure wireless experiences during the event...
CST publishes the information memorandum for the specialized radio network license in the 450 MHz band
The document includes several elements such as the license frequencies, eligibility, rollout mechanism, frequency license commitments, and the applicants' evaluation criteria...
Member News
•  stc Group showcases an innovative digital future at LEAP 2024
Member Logo stc Group, the digital transformation giant, is a strategic partner of LEAP 2024, the world's most attended tech event, which takes place between 4 – 7 March at the Riyadh Exhibition & Convention Center...
•  e& enterprise rebrands UAE Trade Connect to “haifin”, supporting its broader vision to expand beyond UAE
Member Logo UAE Trade Connect (UTC), an e& enterprise company and the first commercialised blockchain platform transforming trade finance in the UAE, unveiled its new brand identity, “haifin”, as part of its commitment to...
•  e& UAE and Huawei to conduct MENA’s first 800GE router solution trial
Member Logo e& UAE announced that it partnered with Huawei to conduct a live trial of 800Gbps Ethernet Router Speed, marking a major step toward moving the development of 800GE technology out of lab tests and into practical use...
•  STL and Nokia to collaborate on enterprise connectivity solutions and government-driven connectivity projects
Member Logo Nokia announced its partnership with STL, a leading optical and digital solutions company, to develop and deliver cutting-edge enterprise connectivity solutions...
Policy and Regulation
ITU Secretary-General appoints inaugural Youth Advisory Board
​​​Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), today announced the formation of her first Youth Advisory Board composed of 12 young digital experts and...
CST publishes the information memorandum for the specialized radio network license in the 450 MHz band
The document includes several elements such as the license frequencies, eligibility, rollout mechanism, frequency license commitments, and the applicants' evaluation criteria...
Middle East
Zain KSA achieves record annual revenue of SAR 9.9 billion
Zain Group announces its operation in Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) recording all-time high financial results for the year 2023, reporting an annual revenue of SAR 9.9 billion, an impressive annual 9% growth...
Ooredoo debuts streamer Go Play Market in MENA and Asia
Qatar-based telecom operator Ooredoo Group is making its debut in the streaming market, with the launch of its first-ever OTT platform Go Play Market...
Mastercard, Central Bank of Jordan team to boost digital payments
Mastercard and the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) collaborate to develop a payment ecosystem digitization blueprint for the country...
AWS to launch an Infrastructure Region in Saudi Arabia
To support the growth in cloud adoption across Saudi Arabia, AWS will continue to scale its training programmes and help accelerate Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goal of empowering women to increase participation in the...
South Asia
Ncell and e& international sign MoU to deliver superior digital services
Ncell has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with e& international to bring the best-in-class digital experiences, drive knowledge-sharing activities, and collaborate on delivering key services, products, and...
Banglalink boosts customer experience for future-ready growth with CSG
The Bangladeshi telecommunications market is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing in the world, driven by the popularity of digital services and increasing demand for reliable wireless connectivity...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Accedo expands OTT offer after Easel TV acquisition
Easel TV, the UK-based provider of advanced streaming technology and digital media solutions, has been acquired by Stockholm’s Accedo...
NT, Microsoft team up on digital service
Microsoft Teams solution is a messaging application that provides a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings as well as file and app sharing, all in one place...
North Africa
SONATRACH and Huawei jointly innovate a smart oil and gas pipeline fiber sensing inspection solution
At the MWC Barcelona 2024, SONATRACH, the state-owned oil company of Algeria shared the achievements of the smart oil and gas pipeline fiber sensing inspection solution deployed with Huawei. ..
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
CNH and Telecom Argentina boosting agriculture with 4G in Buenos Aires
This collaboration aims to bridge the connectivity gap in key agricultural zones, notably the Pergamino and Rojas areas, unlocking new levels of efficiency and sustainability for local farmers...
BT expects to launch first stand-alone 5G network in 2024
So far, rival MNOs Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 have already both switched on their 5G stand-alone solutions, with BT's EE, the UK's largest mobile network, yet to launch its own stand-alone network...
Satellite & Internet
Avanti secures authorisation for HYLAS 4 satellite gateway in Senegal
Once operational, the gateway is set to be a driving force in Senegal’s digital economy with the potential to generate local employment opportunities...
NBN Co wants to boost its 100/20Mbps tier to 500/50Mbps
NBN Co is all set to unveil a plan to change the top three speed tiers for residential broadband by the end of the year for users in its fiber and hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) footprints...
Global Telecom Update
SKT says it's primed for AI growth
SK Telecom says its broad AI portfolio – from data centers to subscription commerce – will account for more than a third of revenue by 2028...
Huawei wins GSMA Foundry Excellence Award
At MWC Barcelona 2024, Huawei was given the GSMA Foundry Excellence Awards 2024, for the company's contributions to innovation in multiple areas last year, including green telecom networks and 5G New Calling, as well as...
Vodafone and Accenture partner on shared services
The partnership will give a boost Vodafone’s ‘shared services’ unit called Vodafone Intelligent Solutions, in order to commercialise Vodafone’s shared operations to accelerate growth, enhance customer...
Deutsche Telekom showcases app-less AI smartphone concept
Deutsche Telekom recently showcased a futuristic smartphone concept that relies on artificial intelligence rather than applications (apps) to handle users’ specific needs...
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