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April 2, 2024
Featured Member News
e& launches ‘Wider Web’ for mobile, empowering autistic users with a better browsing experience on the go
e& announced the launch of ‘Wider Web’ for mobile device browsers, coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day. The free-to-use browser extension caters for the needs of autistic users by offering a customisable, sensory-friendly web-browsing experience, highlighting e&'s commitment to digital inclusion...
Member News
•  AT&T declares dividends on common and preferred shares
Member Logo The AT&T board of directors declared quarterly dividends on common and Series A and C preferred shares, and an annual dividend on Series B preferred shares, with payments due in early May 2024 to shareholders of record in...
•  Zain hosts first Holy Quran Recitation Competition
Member Logo Zain hosted its first Holy Quran Recitation Competition in strategic partnership with the Grand Mosque of Kuwait...
•  Notice on Rotating Chairman tenure
Member Logo In accordance with Huawei's Rotating Chairman system, Mr. Xu Zhijun (Eric Xu) will assume the position of Rotating and Acting Chairman of Huawei from April 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024...
Policy and Regulation
Austrian regulator awards additional spectrum for 5G services
The regulator said that it awarded seven blocks of spectrum in the 26 GHz band and another seven blocks in the 3.6 GHz band...
2 MoC services transferred to Google Cloud
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced that it has taken concrete steps to transfer some of its services to Google Cloud...
North Africa
Talabat and Truecaller forge strategic partnership
Talabat, a leading platform for food deliveries, has partnered with Truecaller to enhance customer safety and streamline business communication through Truecaller's Verified Business Caller ID solution suite...
Satellite & Internet
Canada to support Telesat Lightspeed with US$1.6 billion loan
Telesat plans to launch its first satellites in about two years in June 2026 and offer data services shortly after, targeting full global coverage and service by the end of 2027...
Gigaclear rural full fiber broadband provider gets 100,000 customers
Gigaclear, a rural full fiber broadband provider based in Abingdon, has hit two major landmarks this March, serving now 100,000 customers and reaching half a million homes and businesses...
Global Telecom Update
Telkom Indonesia teams with Scala Japan to boost digital agriculture
Telkom Indonesia announced that it is collaborating with IT firm Scala Japan to develop digital innovations and utilise Telkom’s digital agriculture platform to strengthen Indonesia’s agricultural ecosystem and...
Check Point collaborates with NVIDIA to fortify AI cloud infrastructure
y integrating with NVIDIA DPUs, the Check Point AI Cloud Protect solution is designed to effectively combat threats at both network and host levels, ensuring comprehensive protection...
T-Mobile US launches mission critical PTT service
The new offering also offers video streaming as well as data services like location-sharing in the field so first responders or employees can give real-time updates on key activities...
Middle East
UAE looks at Kenya for AI and digital infrastructure
To bridge the digital divide in Africa and fast pace the technological innovation in the region, the UAE is looking at investments across artificial intelligence (AI) and digital infrastructure in Kenya...
Arab Advisors Group announces early bird registration for its 5G Summit in Jordan
Arab Advisors Group, the Arab region’s leading independent market research, analysis, and consulting company, is proud to announce that early bird registration for its upcoming 5G Summit 2024 is now open...
UAE students embark on satellite development project with MBRSC
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has joined forces with students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to begin work on the pioneering HCT-SAT 1 project, a student-driven satellite mission...
MoneyGram partners with FinTech app barraq in Saudi Arabia
Through this partnership, consumers in Saudi Arabia will be able to use the barraq mobile app to send funds to family and friends globally...
South Asia
GP introduces Eid offers to propel smartphone adoption
To accelerate connectivity access, digital inclusion and the journey towards a ‘Smart Bangladesh’, Grameenphone collaborated with the top 10 smartphone partners to empower and build a nation of smart citizens...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Proximus releases Proximus+ app as digital companion
Belgian operator Proximus is migrating its customers to a new app that it intends will cover all of its digital services...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
CloudExtel to boost network capacity by 5 times to aid telcos in 4G/5G expansion:
The company aims to increase its network capacity by more than five times its current size to support telecom operators in rapidly expanding their 4G and 5G mobile networks in areas that are currently uncovered...
Globe Telecom expands 5G network and pilots sustainable solutions in Philippines
Globe Telecom expands its 5G network and implements sustainable solutions, driving connectivity and environmental conservation in the Philippines...
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