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August 14, 2018
Q2 2018 results: Strong operational performance indicates the success of Telecom Egypt's long-term investment strategy
Telecom Egypt has announced its Q2 2018 results ending 30 June 2018...
Member News
•  Batelco Bahrain reaches over 100 LTE roaming connections around the world
Member Logo Batelco meets the needs of its customers travelling internationally by providing high speed LTE data roaming services with more than 100 roaming operators in more than 45 countries around the world...
•  Facebook to stream free La Liga football in Indian subcontinent
Member Logo Facebook has acquired the media rights of Spain’s top-division football championship, La Liga, for the Indian subcontinent...
Recent Developments
•  VIVA and Al-Aaly ink strategic partnership agreement
•  Alsawaha: We are proud of using the new technologies (IoT, 5G, and critical communication) to serve pilgrims
•  Bubbletone and Nexign partner to deliver new blockchain capabilities to the global telecom market
•  Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr sign the first MoU for virtual fixed voice services
Policy and Regulation
UAE smartphone users should guard themselves: TRA
Smartphone owners in the UAE should be on guard against growing phishing attempts by hackers to avoid losing personal data according to a high ranking Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) official...
BTRC fixes uniform minimum call rate
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has fixed a uniform minimum call rate for all mobile phone operators...
South Asia
Dialog recognized as Sri Lanka’s fastest mobile network
Dialog Axiata PLC, has been conferred the 2018 Speedtest® Award by Ookla®, for being the fastest mobile network in Sri Lanka...
58 million broadband users getting affordable services in Pakistan
Pakistan, having more than 58 million fixed and mobile broadband users, is providing affordable and quality internet services as compared to other regional countries...
3G and 4G Networks
EE named best UK network as it doubles 4G capacity at 2,500 sites
A new industry report which ranks the UK's big four mobile network operators for speed, reliability and availability has crowned EE as the country's best network...
Claro, Vivo lead 4G growth in Brazil in H1
Claro and Vivo led the growth of the 4G market in Brazil in the first half of 2018, with net additions of 4.5 million 4G mobile phones...
Global Telecom Update
CMHK completes 5G network testing
China Mobile Hong Kong has announced it has become the first network provider in the city to complete end-to-end 5G network testing from client terminals to application...
Telenor gunning to build AI powerhouse in Norway
Telenor is aiming to establish Norway as a "national powerhouse" for artificial intelligence after partnering on a new lab to develop enterprise solutions...
Middle East
Digital wave in holy cities of Saudi Arabia as pilgrims become Internet-savvy
A digital wave is in full swing in the holy city of Makkah with the authorities ensuring high speed data transmission, keeping in mind the growing number of Internet-friendly Haj pilgrims...
BTECH-UNIDO sign partnership
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH)...
Turkish group Odine deploys key EMEA network
Turkish group Odine Solutions has teamed up with US-based Affirmed Networks, a leader in virtualised mobile networks, to successfully deploy a virtualised network for Lifecell, a leading mobile network operator covering...
North Africa
dLocal expands its payment platform to MENA region
Egypt and Morocco are the first countries within the MENA region where dLocal is simplifying merchant expansion into the ecommerce market with a platform that can process local payments and handle mass payouts...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Accedo launches AI project with AWS and ITV
Accedo has announced a project with British broadcaster, ITV to use Artificial Intelligence to automatically generate cover artwork...
ChinaVision launches new Chinese broadcast TV programming in the US
ChinaVision announced that Chinese network television programming from Shanghai Media Group is now available for the first time in the United States...
Alternative Telecom
Orange buys top EU cloud specialist Basefarm
Orange has completed the acquisition of 100% of Basefarm through its enterprise subsidiary Orange Business Services following the approbation of the relevant competition authorities...
Optus enhances Tasmanian infrastructure
Australian mobile network operator Optus has announced the completion of 37 new mobile sites across Tasmania following twelve months of work and investment totalling AUD42.2 million (US$ 30.7 million)...
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