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December 14, 2017
Dr. Biyari honors legal affairs for obtaining ISO 9001
Dr. Khaled Biyari, STC Group CEO, honored Legal Affairs Department for winning the (ISO 9001) that is presented by TUV...
Member News
•  PCCW Global connects Hong Kong and Thailand air navigation service providers
Member Logo PCCW Global has successfully connected Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department) and Thailand (AEROTHAI) air navigation service providers (ANSPs) via the Asia Pacific Common Regional Virtual Private Network (CRV)...
•  PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia chooses Nokia's cloud-native packet core to deliver enhanced mobile broadband and future services
Member Logo PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) has chosen the Nokia Cloud Packet Core solution to help meet rapid data growth in the Indonesian market...
Policy and Regulation
Mexico's 2.5 GHZ Wireless Spectrum Auction in Q1
Mexico's telecom regulatory authority, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), recently confirmed that it will start the auction process of the 2.5 GHz (2500-2690 MHz) wireless frequency band before March...
RIPE NCC, TRA to build IPv6 capacity in Bahrain
NCC and the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority organized a training program for telecommunications and ISP staff to instruct them in how to work with IPv6 and deploy it on their networks…
Middle East
STC is a strategic sponsor to Arabnet 2017
STC participated as a strategic partner in Arabnet 2017, which has objectives in line with the strategic transformation of STC as well as its pioneering role in enabling digital services in the public and private sectors...
Fintech sector to witness hike in Middle East
Fintech (Financial technology) start-ups have raised over $100 million (Dh367 million) in Mena region in the last 10 years and the number of start-ups launched and investments raised will more than double by 2020, said an...
GCC mobile phone shipments to grow after a gap of 3 years in 2019
Mobile phone shipments into the Gulf Cooperation Council states are expected to show a growth only in 2019 and 2020 after three years of decline...
Saudi Arabia, UAE poised to launch digital currency
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are working on the launch of a digital currency that could be used for transactions between the region’s banks by using blockchain,,,
North Africa
Mobile internet drives market growth by adding 1.3 million users
The total number of internet users increased from 40.1 million in August to 41.9 million in September in Egypt...
PayU Nigeria goes bigger on online payments with PayU Receive
Businesses in Nigeria can securely request and receive payments directly from their customers without any hassles using PayU’s innovative and secure product called PayU Receive...
3G and 4G Networks
TTC completes LTE network rollout for all 75 subway stations
According to BAI Canada and the Toronto Transit Commission, all 75 subway stations now have LTE cellular connectivity, along with nine kilometres of subway tunnel across the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension…
Azercell makes first VoLTE call in Azerbaijan
Azercell Telecom, the leading mobile operator in Azerbaijan, has made the next novelty in the telecommunication industry of the country by making first VoLTE call…
South Asia
Bangladesh’s Grameenphone to design ‘Digital Chittagong’
Grameenphone has decided to design ‘Digital Chittagong’ to minimize the gaps in productivity, infrastructure, and targets assigned to it…
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
T-Mobile to start its own TV service in 2018
T-Mobile will acquire cable television company Layer3 TV, which will help the carrier enter into this new business…
purTV goes live on first networks
The first network operators in Germany have launched IPTV services based on the white label platform compiled by B2B service provider
Hong Leong Bank to bring WeChat Pay to Malaysia
Hong Leong Bank (HLB) has received approval to work with Tencent subsidiary Tenpay Payment Technology to provide WeChat Pay in Malaysia...
Alternative Telecom
DCS Telecom all set to utilize LeoSat satellite solutions
According to DCS Telecom, it will use LeoSat to upgrade its existing satellite solutions, giving customers access to a low-latency network which is expected to improve data connectivity…
Telekom, EWE confirm FTTH joint venture
Telekom Deutschland, the domestic fixed and mobile operating unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), has signed an agreement with regional operator EWE to establish a joint venture for the deployment of fiber-optic access...
Global Telecom Update
China Mobile International launches its first UK MVNO in partnership with EE
China Mobile International, in partnership with EE, launches its first MVNO for Chinese customers living in and travelling to the UK...
Orange Belgium New IoT Network Reaches 100% Coverage
According to Orange, it has launched Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M IoT network technologies, so-called “Mobile IoT,” across Belgium…
SKT, KT's 5G technology selected as Korean standards
Core 5G network technologies developed by wireless carriers SK Telecom and KT have been selected as Korean standards by the Telecommunications Technology Association…
Huawei wins three awards at Broadband World Forum 2017
Huawei received three awards for its innovative solutions and joint innovations with global operators, at Broadband World Forum 2017...
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