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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
March 22, 2018
Member News
•  Zain supports Kuwait Investment Forum 2018
Member Logo Zain, the leading telecommunications network in Kuwait supported the Kuwait Investment Forum 2018 (KIF 2018)...
•  Viva Bahrain launches online store
Member Logo Bahrain’s online shoppers can now visit Viva Bahrain’s online store at to purchase the latest devices and mobile plans...
•  Batelco distributes gifts to staff for Mothers’ Day
Member Logo Batelco celebrated the occasion of Mothers’ Day in Bahrain by distributing gifts to its female employees...
•  Huawei unveils the intent-driven CloudCampus solution
Member Logo Huawei announced its Intent-Driven CloudCampus solution and new programmable switches for enterprise campus networks at the Huawei Western Europe Partner Summit 2018...
Policy and Regulation
Econet drives MNO industry growth
Zimbabwe's telecommunications industry recorded 11,2 percent revenue growth to $1,11 billion in 2017, according to the latest regulator’s reports
140MHz of AWS spectrum now freed up in Panama
Panama’s National Public Services Authority has confirmed that 140MHz of spectrum was successfully freed up in 2017...
North Africa
Kenya leads in phone internet traffic globally
A new report shows that Kenya is the leading consumer of internet via use of smartphones in the world...
3G and 4G Networks
Mexico launches shared 700-MHz LTE network
Network goes live ahead of end-March deadline and with coverage in excess of 30% requirement...
China Mobile 2017 net profit up 5 percent on boost from 4G subscriber growth
China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, posted a 5 percent rise in annual net profit, fueled by growth in 4G subscribers...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Spanish HbbTV platform to challenge Netflix, HBO and Sky
Three Spanish FTA broadcasters Atresmedia, RTVE and Mediaset have entered into a partnership in order to compete with Netflix, HBO and Sky...
Harmonic, Veygo create OTT video delivery app for AMTV
Harmonic and Veygo have teamed up to create an end-to-end SaaS solution for over-the-top (OTT) video delivery...
Alternative Telecom
PT&T explores using Transco’s dark fiber for broadband network
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is one step closer to utilizing the dark fiber assets of state-run National Transmission Corporation (Transco) for establishing a nationwide broadband network...
Middle East
Huawei releases ‘nova 3e’ smartphone for pre-order in Saudi Arabia
Prior to the official launch of the new smartphone HUAWEI nova 3e, Huawei Consumer Business Group announced the availability of the new device for pre-order by authorized retailers in Saudi Arabia...
Mobile payments gain traction in UAE
Consumers are spoilt for choices due to the tech-savvy youth and higher smartphone penetration rate..
Virgin Mobile set to close UAE auction on coveted phone numbers
Telco starts an online scramble in the UAE for the best mobile numbers and plans in its new 0585 range...
South Asia
Digital payment solution launched in Bangladesh
"iPay" Systems Limited, the first digital payment platform in Bangladesh, has started its commercial journey in the country with a motto of building a cashless society...
Pakistan acquires another communication satellite
Pakistan marked a significant milestone in space technology by securing a geostationary orbital slot along with previous frequency resources ensuring a continuous and expanding foothold in the extraterrestrial world...
Global Telecom Update
CMHK launches open lab for 5G technologies in Hong Kong
In preparation for the launch of a 5G mobile network in 2020, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) has inaugurated an open lab for 5G technologies in Hong Kong and revealed plans to commence 5G trials in the second quarter of the...
DTAC in talks with CAT over long-term infrastructure lease
Total Access Communication (DTAC) has been in talks with its concession owner CAT Telecom to lease its telecoms infrastructure on a long-term basis...
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