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April 24, 2018
Etisalat Group Reports consolidated revenues of AED 13.1 billion in first quarter of 2018
Etisalat Group announced its consolidated financial statements for the three months ending 31st March 2018...
Member News
•  Council of Economic & Development Affairs Honors STC
Member Logo Council of Economic and development Affairs, local content unit, honored STC for its vital role in developing local content...
Recent Developments
•  The Middle East's Digital Economy to Come Under Focus at SAMENA Council's Leaders' Summit 2018
•  Etisalat Digital launches an IOT Gateway Solution to connect Enterprise and Government remote assets in real time
•  UAE’s TRA oversees National Economic Register launch
•  du announces new budget smartphone offer
Policy and Regulation
Myanmar to begin collecting for USF in June
The Myanmar government is planning to begin collecting a 2% tax on telecom operators’ income to finance a Universal Service Fund (USF) from June this year...
Taiwan regulator warns price war could slow 5G
A 4G price war in Taiwan could impair mobile operators’ ability to invest in and develop new services, including 5G networks and applications, needed to sustain the long-term development of the telecoms industry...
South Asia
Pakistan gets 50 million broadband users in four years
Pakistan-based cellular mobile operators (CMOs) have added 50 million mobile broadband subscribers to their networks in four years...
IT platform DevoTech launched in Bangladesh
DevoTech, a Bangladeshi technology enabler platform, recently started its official journey at DevoTech Technology Park in Dhaka with a vision to mark ‘Made in Bangladesh’ identity in the technology domain both...
Alternative Telecom
Verizon testing Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)
Verizon continues to invest in efforts to take advantage of spectrum earmarked for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), with trials and experiments in multiple states...
Orange Slovakia's FTTH network grows to 36 municipalities
Orange Slovakia has brought its FTTH lines to another municipality, Dubnica nad Vahom, which means it now provides a fiber network to 36 municipalities...
Korea’s Largest Telecom Operator Announces Blockchain Service For Asset Management
South Korean telecommunications operator SK Telecom announced the release of an asset management service with Blockchain tech, as well as a platform for linking Blockchain startups with investors...
Global Telecom Update
Chongqing launches first 5G trial network
The first 5G trial network in Chongqing has been officially introduced, promoting the maturity of related products and marking an important start in the commercialization of the network...
Namibia telecom operator slashes data price by 80 percent
Privately-owned pan-African telecom operator, Paratus Namibia, has slashed its data prices by 83.4 percent and the new rates will target consumers according to their specific needs and interests...
Middle East
Wataniya Palestine customer base increases to 1.2 million
Wataniya Palestine’s customer numbers increased by 55 percent year-on-year to 1.2 million at the end of March...
“Smart City University” initiative launched in UAE
In cooperation with Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Smart Office has developed the “Smart City University” initiative, with the aim of placing Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities today....
GCC travelers rely heavily on online sources in journey
Visa’s Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Study highlights various parts of the travelers’ journey and found that travelers from the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait rely heavily on online...
North Africa
Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups
Ecobank is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Viacom expands FreeWheel relationship
Viacom has inked a multi-year agreement with FreeWheel to use its operating system to manage yield and grow revenue across live TV, set-top box (STB) and video-on-demand (VOD) inventory...
Telenor launches Retailer Assisted online shopping service
Telenor Pakistan has launched the pilot for a new retailer assisted online shopping service for the masses which fully integrates with its existing sales & distribution channel...
3G and 4G Networks
TOT, TeleAssets and dtac TriNet join forces for first 4G LTE-TDD network
TOT, TeleAssets and dtac TriNet have signed agreements to launch Thailand's first 4G LTE-TDD network, on the widest bandwidth of 60MHz in the 2300MHz spectrum...
MTS expands 4G LTE coverage to new cities in Minsk region
Mobile operator MTS Belarus has published a network rollout update on its website confirming that it has deployed 4G in the cities of Logoysk, Volozhin, Krupki, Myadel, Luban and Staryya Darohi in the Minsk region...
T-Mobile improves low- and mid-band LTE across the US
T-Mobile customers has just rolled out improved LTE coverage to hundreds of new locations across the US...
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