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March 12, 2018
Cisco brings visibility and insights to IT’s biggest blind spot
Cisco announced new innovations built to bring visibility to IT’s biggest blind spot: the wide-area network (WAN). Made up of disparate networks outside of the control of IT, the WAN connects employees to applications, no matter where those employees might be. The fragmented nature of the WAN means that IT often has limited ability to specifically determine problems and get real-time information...
Huawei launches the "Slice Mall" innovation project to accelerate 5G slicing commercialization
Huawei announced the initiation of their "Slice Mall" innovation project, based on the concept of "slicing as a service and as a commodity." This global project aims at accelerating the commercialization of 5G slicing and helping carriers achieve business success in a range of vertical industries...
Virtual clinic launched in UAE
Al Hilal Bank has formed a new relationship with National Takaful Company – Watania, and opened an on-site virtual clinic at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The virtual clinic will provide residents access to doctors and medical advice via a mobile application and kiosks for staff-members’ health related inquiries, making it the first bank in the UAE to have a virtual clinic in its offices with an operation team based at the Head Office...
Member News
•  Batelco demonstrates its global capabilities at Capacity Middle East 2018
Member Logo Batelco, in line with its efforts to expand its global reach, was very pleased to participate at Capacity Middle East 2018 as a platinum sponsor...
•  VIVA Bahrain achieves compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards
Member Logo VIVA Bahrain has announced its full compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards 15 (IFRS 15) issued by the IFRS Foundation...
•  New cloud-native Nokia Enterprise Session Border Controller delivers unparalleled security and flexibility for enterprise communications
Member Logo Nokia has launched a new cloud-native Enterprise Session Border Controller (eSBC) that brings secure, ultra-high-quality IP voice and video services to enterprise customers...
Policy and Regulation
Australia plans 3.5-GHz 5G auction in October
The Australian government has announced plans to auction 125 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5-GHz band for use in 5G rollouts across metropolitan and regional Australia...
Ofcom to start 4G and 5G spectrum auction on March 20
Ofcom, telecom regulator in the U.K., announced that it will start its auction of airwaves for mobile operators targeting to offer 4G and 5G spectrum on Tuesday 20 March...
Middle East
Turkcell picks Affirmed Networks for network drive
Turkcell has selected Affirmed Networks, as the provider of a virtualized GiLAN solution and as the system integrator for Turkcell’s network transformation initiative...
Red Bee Media launches new digital video services for the Middle East at twofour54
Abu Dhabi: Red Bee Media, part of the Ericsson Group will be rolling out new over-the-top (OTT) digital TV and film services to broadcasters and media owners across the Middle East...
Virtual clinic launched in UAE
Al Hilal Bank has formed a new relationship with National Takaful Company – Watania, and opened an on-site virtual clinic at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The virtual clinic will provide residents access to doctors...
South Asia
Digital platform for agriculture sector set up in Pakistan
In a radical reform in the agriculture sector, Punjab has set up a digital platform to facilitate the farmers in the province.
North Africa
Intraconsult Telecom and Avaya to deliver richer communications experiences for Egypt
Avaya is working with Intraconsult Telecom to help organizations in Egypt achieve their digital transformation objectives...
3G and 4G Networks
MSP welcomes plans to extend 4G mobile coverage in North-east
A North-east MSP has welcomed plans to extend mobile coverage in rural parts of the country...
Toowoomba region gets internet upgrade
Resident in regional areas around Toowoomba are now set to get Telstra's 4G mobile network which in many cases offers speeds quicker than National Broadband Network...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
M7 and Deutsche Glasfaser offer IPTV for network operators
Platform operator M7 and fibre-optic network provider Deutsche Glasfaser offer German network operators a new turnkey solution for the provision of their customers with TV packages...
Heritage Bank introduces digital banking platform
Heritage Bank has introduced an advanced intelligent digital experience known as Octopus...
Bahrain's BisB in PayPal accord to offer new services
Bahrain Islamic Bank customers can top up their PayPal accounts using funds from their BisB bank account...
Alternative Telecom
Digicel gets 50 year licence to install underground cables
Digicel has been granted a 50 year licence to install its underground fiber optic cables in a bid to upgrade and improve its network services across the territory...
mu Space to provide satellite-based broadband to rural Thailand
mu Space, a start-up space company, has partnered with SES Networks and Hughes to provide satellite-based broadband services to rural Thailand...
Global Telecom Update
Docomo completes 5G field trial
Japan's NTT Docomo has completed a 5G field trial at the Toyko Skytree Town commercial center in collaboration with Tobu Railway Company and Huawei Technologies...
Hungarian ICT sector revenues up 15 percent last year
Revenue of Hungaryʼs information technology and telecom (ICT) sector rose 15% last year, a summary of data compiled by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows...
Smart data, cloud to transform digital security
The intersection of advanced IoT and AI within big data and the cloud is transforming how technology is interacting and supporting business and enterprise...
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