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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
April 27, 2017
Member News
Recent Developments
•  STC to host SAMENA Council's ICT Regional Regulatory Summit on April 12th
•  Transformation, co-operation, and fulfilling requirements of each stakeholder key industry imperatives
•  SAMENA Council to host Telecom Leaders' Summit 2017 in Dubai
•  SAMENA Council, CITC collaborate for Regional Regulatory Summit in Riyadh
Policy and Regulation
Saudi Arabia imposes limits on the ownership of prepaid SIM cards
To prevent the use of cards in carrying out militant attacks in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia has imposed limits on the ownership of prepaid SIM cards for citizens and foreigners...
Bahrain shifts 10 Govt websites to cloud
To enhance authority efforts of keeping pace with the latest international advancements, Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority will begin the migration of 10 government websites as a trial of Cloud Computing -...
Nigeria needs 80,000 base stations for effective coverage
According to Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria needs between 70,000 and 80,000base transmission stations for effective coverage…
South Asia
Mobitel launches Digital Recharge System
In order to simplify service offerings to its customers and retail partners, Mobitel launched the Digital Recharge System for the first time ever in Sri Lanka…
Moheshkhali connected with high speed internet
A scheme titled "Digital Island Moheshkhali" has been launched in Bangladesh which connects the remote Moheshkhali island to high-speed internet network…
Zong enters strategic partnership with United Bank Limited
Zong and United Bank Limited have signed a MoU for Mobile Broadband (under which UBL credit card customers and UBL employees will get MBB devices with the upfront purchase of 12 months MBB bundles…
Alternative Telecom
Emaar Hospitality Group undergoes digital transformation
The first-of-its-kind in the world of hospitality, Emaar Hospitality Group has launched five native Applications that enhance the digital lifestyle experiences for guests…
Calix deploys services across
Small Australian internet service provider has installed the nation's first services using the AXOS solution from broadband communications…
Verizon enhances Fios fiber to deliver 940Mbps downlink
Verizon has increased the speed of its Fios fiber service to almost a gigabit – just days after AT&T announced it was expanding its gigabit fiber services…
Tonton OTT introduces Malaysian content in Singapore
The Malaysian OTT platform Tontonhas inked deal with Singtel to introduce Malaysian content in Singapore...
Global Telecom Update
Ericsson joins MTS to set up 5G prototype network
Ericsson has teamed up with MTS to build a prototype 5G network and completed a successful test of new radio network features…
SK Telecom teams up with Bluebell to enhance travelers’ shopping convenience
In a move to introduce cutting-edge ICT to the luxury retail industry, SK Telecom has signed a MOU with Bluebell Korea to build an O2O (offline to online) platform to enhance travelers’ shopping convenience…
Nokia joins University of Technology Sydney on IoT projects
To develop IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G, Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney have signed a MoU…
Middle East
Ooredoo cuts roaming rates throughout the GCC
The telecoms service provider Ooredoo has reduced roaming rates on calls, SMS, and mobile data services within the GCC region…
Samsung launches Samsung Pay in UAE
Samsung Gulf has launched its highly-anticipated, mobile payments service called the Samsung Pay, in the UAE…
Iflix expands services into Middle East, N. Africa
To ensure unlimited access to thousands of the TV shows, movies on up to five devices, Asia-based video streaming service, Iflix is to launch in eight territories in the Middle East and North Africa…
MCI achieves 58% of the market share
According to Iran’s first mobile network operator MCI, the company currently owns 58% of the SIM cards sold in the country…
North Africa
Tunisie Telecom deploys customer interaction tool
To promote LTE services among 3G customers, Sicap announced that its 'TargetMe' customer interaction software has been deployed by Tunisie Telecom to improve direct marketing communication…
Discovery Education introduces technology in Egyptian Knowledge Bank
Discovery Education plans to introduce the online digital content such as WebEdTV, an online educational TV for students, parents, and teachers, and Curriculum Connect, which connects the Egyptian curriculum to engaging...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Telecom Fiji offers new TFL SelfCare App
Telecom Fiji presented its own android application as TFL SelfCare, that give its customers empowerment to access and manage their Telecom and Connect accounts...
Totalplay teams up with Titan for convergent video services
The Grupo Salinas-owned Mexican triple-play IPTV operator Totalplay has selected ATEME’s Titan virtual encoding solution for its converged headend…
PLDT offers next generation of its TVolution streaming box
Philippine multi-play operator PLDT has launched the next generation of its TVolution streaming box for its customers…
3G and 4G Networks
Orange’s European 4G converged services become popular
According to Orange, the company’s number of subscribers signing up to convergence packages across its European footprint grew 11 per cent year-on-year during the quarter to 9.5 million…
Active 4G users exceed 800 million in China
According to the latest statistics, the number of people using 4G services in China is over 800 million, seeing an increase of 10.85% since December 2016…
SpeedCast inks 4G services deal withTampnet
To provide fast speed internet, SpeedCast International inked an agreement with Tampnet for 4G-LTE services in the Gulf of Mexico...
Airtel Nigeria launches 4G service
Airtel Nigeria teamed up with ZTE to launch 4G (fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology) in Nigeria for faster mobile broadband speeds for customers…
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