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March 28, 2018
Zain Group holds its Annual General Assembly with a quorum of 74.97% and approves cash dividend of 35 fils
Zain Group, the leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa announces the holding of its Annual General Assembly (AGM) at the company’s headquarters in Shuwaikh, Kuwait...
STC awarded for talent management program at ASHRM
STC achieved the first rank in GCC through its unique program “Talent Management” and Hipo Program...
Member News
•  VIVA Kuwait holds its Annual General Meeting for the year ending on 31 December 2017
Member Logo VIVA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Regency Hotel on 28 March 2018, and the attendance represented 78.173 % from the total shareholders...
•  Etisalat conducts network upgrade
Member Logo Etisalat announced that it is in the process of upgrading its mobile networks over the next three months as it prepares to meet future requirements for 5G networks, Internet of Things, and other modern technologies...
•  Viva Bahrain launches mobile wallet
Member Logo Viva Bahrain has launched Viva Cash, a groundbreaking new application offering consumers the very latest secure and convenient digital mobile wallet for everyday payments...
•  SLA Digital partners with Vuclip to enable carrier billing across emerging markets
Member Logo SLA Digital has partnered with Vuclip, a PCCW Media company, and the leading premium video-on-demand service provider for emerging markets, making its service, Viu, available to more customers via carrier billing...
Policy and Regulation
Three new operators enter broadband market in Senegal
Senegal’s Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (ARTP) has announced that three new ISPs, namely Waaw, Africa Access and Arc Informatique, have all begun commercial operations...
Ofcom confirms new broadband rules
Ofcom published its final statements on its reviews of a number of UK broadband regulations, confirming a package of measures it set out last month intended to drive investment into full-fiber broadband, as well as improve...
Middle East
CrediMax Bahrain and BBK announce ioint digital wallet initiative
Following the recent launch of CrediMax’s digital wallet ‘MaxWallet’, a joint initiative is announced by CrediMax and BBK to provide more services and benefits in a digitally secured and rapid growing...
UAE consumers keen on biometrics
Visa announced the results from a survey of 500 consumers in the UAE that explores awareness and perceptions of biometric authentication, which finds consumers have a strong interest in biometric technologies that make their...
South Asia
Dialog Television launches, Sri Lanka's first online media buying platform
Dialog Television, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata PLC announced the launch of, a cutting-edge online platform for buying television ad spots on its direct to home Dialog Television...
North Africa
Morocco not planning to sell Maroc Telecom stake
Morocco is not planning to sell its remaining 30% stake in Maroc Telecom, according to Mohammed Boussaid...
3G and 4G Networks
Vodafone Zambia eyes VoLTE launch
Vodafone Zambia expects a commercial voice launch within the next three months, and claimed this will make it the first in the country to bring VoLTE technology to consumers...
Ericsson and Ambra Solutions deliver deepest LTE network in Canadian mine
Ericsson and Ambra Solutions have worked together to deliver Canada’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining site, LaRonde in Abitibi, Quebec...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Alipay expands footprint in SEA
Mobile payments platform Alipay is expanding its cross-border footprint with new outposts Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and the Philippines...
Turner to launch Bleacher Report OTT service in April
Turner Broadcasting is gearing up to launch its premium live sports streaming service for the US, Bleacher Report Live, in April...
Alternative Telecom
Huawei Marine to deploy subsea cable for NGCP
Huawei Marine has commenced the second phase of its Sorsogon-Samar Submarine Fiber Optical Interconnection Project (SSSFOIP) for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)...
Sky Italia nears broadband deal with Open Fiber
Pay-TV provider Sky Italia is close to agreeing a deal to offer broadband internet services over the networks of wholesale access operator Open Fiber...
Global Telecom Update
Ericsson form alliance to roll out cost-effective 5G network
Ericsson joined forces with Vertiv and NorthStar to form the Ericsson Energy Alliance, a unique complementary site solution partnership to drive cost-effective and sustainable service provider network evolution towards 5G...
Orange Belgium and Orange Polska partner with Salesforce and Vlocity
Orange Belgium and Orange Polska announced that they signed an agreement with Salesforce and Vlocity, which will help Orange achieve business agility faster and reduce time to market by leveraging cloud-based solutions...
Telefonica set to unify brands in Argentina
Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is set to unify its operations in Argentina under the Movistar brand from 3 April...
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