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April 21, 2017
AI enabled virtual assistant launched by Orange Telecom
Orange Telecom has debuted Djingo, an an artificially-intelligent virtual assistant at this week’s Show Hello conference. With the new virtual assistant, Orange customers can control Orange TV, manage connected objects, or make a phone call or send a text message...
Member News
•  Gold Awards for STC
Member Logo STC awarded the gold medals as the Best Sponsorship of a Sport and Best Sport Youth Development Project...
Policy and Regulation
CTRC to uphold commitment to Net Neutrality
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced that it will strengthened its commitment to net neutrality and said Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer...
Uganda extends SIM registration deadline
The Ugandan government has announced a 30-day extension to the SIM re-registration programme which requires all mobile users to validate their existing registered details using the new national ID card...
South Asia
Bangladesh to offer nationwide mobile payments system
To allow citizens to purchase goods and services through SMS messages, Bangladesh is considering introducing nationwide mobile payments system by early 2018…
Afghanistan, China ink deal on optic fiber link
Afghanistan has signed an agreement with China on linking Afghanistan to China through Wakhan district of Badakhshan province through a fiber optic line…
Digital banks to be introduced in Pakistan
In a move to provide more people with access to banking services, State Bank of Pakistan has decided to launch a new category of banking services called Digital Banks…
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Russian company expands TV services for pay TV operators
SmartLabs has expanded the offer of its content services under the framework of its Smart Tube 5 an IPTV product focused on pay-TV operators...
Mobile first global ecommerce platform to be launched
UK based The Body Shop is set to launch a digital transformation project to expand its global ecommerce footprint and create a seamless online experience...
Global Telecom Update
Microsoft aims to simplify enterprise IoT deployments with SaaS
Microsoft recently launched Microsoft IoT Central, a fully managed service that could make it easier and faster for businesses to bring IoT solutions to market...
Gemalto keep to create a chain of trust for the 5G ecosystem
Gemalto is looking to its 5G strategy across its various business groups with the question of trust being given the most importance...
AI enabled virtual assistant launched by Orange Telecom
Orange Telecom has debuted Djingo, an an artificially-intelligent virtual assistant at this week’s Show Hello conference. With the new virtual assistant, Orange customers can control Orange TV, manage connected...
Middle East
Vodafone Turkey and Huawei announce spectrum sharing solution
Vodafone Turkey and Huawei have proclaimed the verification of a flexible spectrum sharing solution between GSM and LTE on Vodafone’s commercial 900MHz network…
West Bank to get 3G mobile services
An agreement has been signed which will allow Palestinian telecommunications companies to provide 3G services in the West Bank governorates and to allow Wataniya Mobile to operate a 2G mobile system in the Gaza Strip...
Saudi Arabia to use Turkish encryption devices for secure communication
The armed forces of Saudi Arabia have started used a Diskripto, a Turkish encryption device, that is designed to protect data-at-rest by encrypting content and securely sharing sensitive information...
North Africa
E-Finance, MCDR, NITD cooperate to launch electronic payments in Egypt
E-Finance has signed a protocol of cooperation with MCDR and NITD to activate the electronic payment for investors and brokerage firms for the first time in the Egyptian market…
Vodafone Egypt makes multi-million-dollar virtualization deal
To enhance the subscriber experience for its fixed and mobile subscribers, Vodafone Egypt has formed a partnership with Procera Networks…
3G and 4G Networks
MTN launches first LTE LAA network in South Africa
MTN South Africa and Huawei have successfully trialled an LTE Licensed-Assisted Access network at a test site in Pretoria...
Smart Communications claims steady improvement in LTE speeds
Smart Communications said that it has posted steady improvement in its average download speeds through its Long Term Evolution (LTE) service...
Alternative Telecom
Pakistani Radio stations to get latest digital transmitters
In a bid to make radio broadcasts powerful on hill stations, the old transmitters in Gilgit, Skardu Radio stations are going to be replaced with new digital transmitters…
Herefordshire to deliver ultrafast broadband
More than 8,000 homes and businesses will see major investment in a new full fiber network across Herefordshire, resulting in some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country...
AT&T to expand FTTH to eight more cities
AT&T plans to expand FTTH coverage to 12.5 milllion locations by 2015 and to achieve this target will be expanding its gigabit fiber services to homes in eight more US cities...
MAZ Digital to integrate video ad serving platform to its OTT solution
MAZ Digital is introducing video ad serving on their TVX platform which will allow broadcast and video publishing partners instant access to its OTT app monetization solutions...
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