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April 19, 2017
Telecom operators request VAT withdrawal on internet usage
Mobile phone operators in Bangladesh have requested the National Board of Revenue to withdraw value-added tax on mobile internet services in the national budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year…
Member News
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Policy and Regulation
Zambia revises telecoms licensing framework
Zambia Government sources revealed that, working in partnership with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the country has formulated a new licensing framework…
Azerbaijan issues licenses to 14 companies
The National Television and Radio Council issued licenses to 14 companies delivering television programming over the Internet…
NTRA reports marks improvement in voice call quality
According to the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, the quality of voice calls provided by the three mobile operators improved compared to December 2016…
3G and 4G Networks
Viettel launches 4G services nationwide
The Military Telecom Corporation Viettel has officially provided 4G services across the whole country on April 18…
Verizon seeks permission for extended LTE-U testing
Verizon is seeking permission to be allowed to conduct product development testing for LTE in Unlicensed hardware and devices…
Sprint global roaming service receives global LTE roaming
Sprint aims to take some of the confusion and expense out of global roaming charges with its updated international service….
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
C Spire launches app based streaming TV experience
To entertain subscribers, the US operator C Spire is to launch a new streaming TV service available as a multi-device app…
Alibaba’s Alipay to launch in Singapore
Alipay, the online and mobile payment system owned by Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial, is set to launch in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Phillipines…
Global Telecom Update
Elisa, Nokia claim first European 3.5GHz 5G test
Elisa and compatriot technology partner Nokia have successfully tested 5G mobile data transmission using the 3.5GHz band…
Ixia announces collaboration with the CORD Project
Ixia announced a collaboration with the CORD Project for software defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and elastic cloud-based service delivery…
Middle East
Three new ride hailing apps allowed in Iran
As the market for calling taxis through smartphones continues to develop at a breakneck pace, Tehran's Taxi Union allowed three more ride-hailing apps…
Bahrain based ABC Bank modernizes digital channels
To ensure global digitalization expansion, Bahrain-based Bank ABC is modernizing its digital channels for retail and wholesale banking customers with Backbase’s tech…
South Asia
E-commerce may pass US$1 billion mark in Pakistan
E-Commerce despite being in infancy in Pakistan is rising very fast as this sector is doubling in size with every passing year and may surpass $1 billion in 2020 due to exponential growth in mobile broadband access…
Telecom operators request VAT withdrawal on internet usage
Mobile phone operators in Bangladesh have requested the National Board of Revenue to withdraw value-added tax on mobile internet services in the national budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year…
Zong set to upgrade all sites to 4G in Pakistan
To promote 4G technology, Zong has decided to upgrade all sites to 4G by the end of 2017 across Pakistan...
Singapore's ST Electronics gets Sri Lankan cyber security contract
To provide consultancy services for the implementation of the National Cyber Security Operations Centre, Singapore Technologies Electronics signed a contract with Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology...
North Africa
Telecom Egypt to launch 2G and 3G services
Telecom Egypt has inked a deal with Orange Egypt to offer 2G and 3G mobile services through Orange Egypt…
Alternative Telecom
Tratos, Prysmian sign optical fiber contract
To develop an ultra-broadband network, Prysmian Group signed an agreement for the annual supply of Prysmian’s standard and special optical fibre to Tratos…
Spark NZ all set to switch from PSTN to IP-based network
Spark New Zealand revealed plans to upgrade its fixed line infrastructure, and will switch from its ageing PSTN to a next generation IP-based network over the course of the next five years…
Vimeo updates VHX over-the-top platform
Vimeo has updated its OTT platform VHX, offering ad-supported video for partner channels and introducing new video SDKs…
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