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March 24, 2017
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Policy and Regulation
Ofcom considers Automatic Compensation for Broadband problems
The British communications regulator wants landline and broadband service providers to provide automatic compensation for British customers when problems occur…
Scottish Govt unveils digital strategy to bring 5G in rural first
In order to facilitate rural areas with emerging technologies, the Scottish government is planning to boost number of tech jobs and urged the UK to go 'rural-first' with 5G…
FCC expands Channel-Sharing
The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to let LPTVs and translators share a channel with full-power and Class A licensees, providing them with more options to stay on the air once the musical-channels repack...
Middle East
Saudi Arabia grabs 3rd position for smartphone use
Saudi Arabia ranks third in the world, with 72.8 per cent of population using smart mobile devices, compared to 23 million smartphone users worldwide…
Du compensates customers with free data, minutes for outage
In order to facilitate those customers who faced inconvenience during a six-hour network outage on March 19, Telecom operator du announced free data and minutes as a compensation…
Research laboratory for smart network village to be established in Kingdom
In order to promote e-governance with unlimited Internet facilities, a research laboratory of a digital smart network village will be established in the Saudi Kingdom under a joint venture program…
Ooredoo Qatar offers new endless internet packs
In order to facilitate customers to enjoy unlimited internet with no additional charges or surprise bills, Ooredoo Qatar has announced the launch of a range of new endless internet packs…
3G and 4G Networks
Nokia completes first 600-MHz LTE call
To ensure the convenience of the customers, Nokia has completed the first pre-standard 600-MHz LTE call over commercially-available hardware…
CTM plans to expand its 4G service
In order to reach close to a full 4G customer base, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM) is planning to expand its 4G service this year and continue to switch internet users from ADSL to fiber network…
Globe proposes users to shift to LTE-capable devices
In order to provide latest internet experiences to the customers, Globe Telecom is encouraging its mobile customers to shift to LTE-capable devices…
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Tigo teams up with 2CTV to offer Mobile TV
In order to allow customers to watch uninterrupted live television on their phones, Tigohas teamed up with mobile content provider, 2CTV to launch Tigo Mobile TV, a new service...
Women-only taxis service available on Mobile Apps launched in Pakistan
In order to protect female passengers from sexual harassment, Women-only taxis, as Pink Taxi has been launched in Karachi. The Taxi will be available via phone, mobile app or text message service...
Sri Lanka’s first taxi app with meter launched
In order to calculate distance digitally, Smart Travel International launched Sri Lanka’s first taxi app which works with a taxi meter namely Vow Cabs…
South Asia
Pakistani MFS provider gets 2 million active mobile accounts
JazzCash, the MFS provider has announced that its monthly active mobile account customers have crossed the 2 million mark in just six months…
Online VAT registration service starts in Bangladesh
In order to ensure online payment of Value Added Tax for the development of the country, Online VAT registration system has been launched in Bangladesh…
SES presents Government RRV for Humanitarian efforts
In orderto help restore essential communication link, SES showcased some of its solutions geared toward humanitarian and disaster relief efforts...
SpeedCast to launch satellite in rural Afghanistan
In order to connect residents in remote villages in Afghanistan, SpeedCasthas teamed up with Wasel Telecom to provide satellite, off-grid small cell communication in rural areas…
North Africa
ALTV introduces user-generated current events show in Egypt
Free digital streaming service ALTV has created what it call’s Egypt’s first user-generated current events show, and is set to tailor it to other countries in the region…
5th edition of e-payment & Currency forum starts in Morocco
In order to provide services with added value and e-payment, the 5th edition of the forum of currency and digital payment has started at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Casblanca, Morocco...
Alternative Telecom
Broadband Satellites plans OTT for Guyana
Broadband Satellites has launched a new streaming content service targeting Guyana’s 200,000 active Internet subscribers and 450,000 smartphone users…
TIM launches rural broadband project
In order to cover the rollout of ultra-broadband infrastructure which are currently underserved, Telecom Italia (TIM) is planning to set up a subsidiary company and bring on board a financial partner…
Orange, Telefónica ink deal to share FTTH networks
In order to expand fibre-optic coverage and to offer 300 Mbps symmetric broadband, Orange has signed a deal withTelefónica to share FTTH networks…
Viaccess-Orca to boost OTT media processing efficiency
In order to streamline the preparation of video-on-demand (VOD) content for over-the-top (OTT) multiscreen applications, Viaccess-Orca is teaming with the cloud to start a new service…
Global Telecom Update
SoftBank considers 5G trial in indoor and outdoor with Ericsson
In order to showcase advanced 5G technologies, Telecom operator SoftBank will be conducting 5G trial both in indoor and outdoor trial environments covering both device mobility and stationary tests…
Mocana shows next generation security platform for industrial IoT devices
In order to protect industrial IoT devices, industrial clouds and device-to-cloud communications, Mocana Corporation announced the availability of the Mocana IoT Security Platform, a comprehensive full-stack security...
Google plans to transform telecom networks in India
Google is planning to bring more Indian telecom operators on board its software defined networking (SDN)-based platform…
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