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January 11, 2018
Establishment of an international Advisory Board to STC’s Board of Directors
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Telecom Company, Dr. Abdullah Al-Abdalqader, has announced the establishment of an external Advisory Board with the objective of enhancing and complementing the expertise of STC’s Chairman and its Board of Directors...
Member News
•  Batelco hosts Train the Teacher workshop
Member Logo As part of the cooperation between Batelco and the Ministry of Education, Batelco recently held a five-day workshop for teachers to boost their knowledge and skills in the field of Telecommunications...
Recent Developments
•  Batelco, AFS launch new mobile payment solution in Bahrain
•  UAE sees jump in registered domain names
•  Etisalat to exclusively offer ‘Circle with Disney’ in UAE
•  Eutelsat and China Unicom join forces to provide satellite communication services
Policy and Regulation
ATRA enlists cellcos for deployment of 250 new BTS
The Universal Access Department of sector watchdog the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority has signed contracts with three cellcos for the deployment of 250 new mobile base transceiver stations in remote and rural...
Information Ministry, PURA processing TV licence applications
The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure in collaboration with PURA are processing applications for TV licences following the adoption of the Digital Broadcasting Policy (DBP) by Cabinet in Gambia...
Middle East
Online streaming services accelerates in Saudi Arabia, UAE
An increasing number of listeners in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are turning off their radios and logging on to the internet to stream their music and videos instead…
UAE tech growth prompts firms to review internal IT security
As IT becomes more prominent in the UAE economy, more and more internal connections between people and systems are created, all of which need to be secured...
South Asia
Nepal to receive internet bandwidth from China
According to Nepal Telecom, all the groundwork has been completed to formally connect Nepal with Chinese bandwidth from January 12...
PTCL Smart Cloud achieves PCIDSS certification
PTCL is now PCIDSS certified for for PTCL Smart Cloud. its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)...
Alternative Telecom
UK start up to provide FTTH services to 35% of new homes by 2021
A new company British Fiber Networks has been launched in the UK which aims to provide pure fiber connectivity and a choice of Internet Service Provider (ISP) to all new build homes in the UK.
Chatbot launched to boost digital healthcare platform
A local company, babyl, has unveiled an artificially intelligent chatbot that uses machine learning to interact with patients using voice or free text…
North Africa
Egyptian FinTech startup receives major investment
Moneyfellows, an Egypt-based fintech startup just raised a US$ 600,000 investment from a group of investors led by Dubai Angel Investors and 500 Startups...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Orange launches Pickle TV
Orange has launched Pickle TV, which aims to link TV and the internet, prioritising inventive content and quality..
SpherePay adds micro-loan function to its payment app
Singapore-based mobile payment app SpherePay has introduced an innovative credit function allowing consumers to make purchases in advance of payment...
3G and 4G Networks
Beeline achieves 1Gbps download speed in equipment trials
Beeline has achieved mobile download speeds of 1Gbps during technology trials, intended to test the capabilities of its existing LTE equipment...
Sequans demonstrates VoLTE capabilities on Verizon's network
Sequans Communications has successfully demonstrated the VoLTE capabilities of its Monarch LTE Platform live on Verizon´s LTE Cat M1 network...
Global Telecom Update
Econet to accelerate WiFi rollout in Zimbabwe
Econet Zimbabwe will this year roll out 2 000 public WiFi zones and WiFi-in-vehicles, as the telecoms giant continues to widen its reach...
ZTE launches 5G core product based on service based architecture
ZTE has launched a new 5G core product based on service based architecture (SBA) and fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 standard from September...
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