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February 21, 2018
Turkey's Innova brings Software Development Expertise to SAMENA Council's Membership
Areas of business in Innova include OSS/BSS Systems for Telecom Operators, Financial Transaction Applications, ERP, CRM and BI systems, portals, custom software development IT systems management and infrastructure, IT security and kiosk systems...
Member News
•  Arabsat's new communications satellite, one step closer to launch
Member Logo Arabsat's new, high-capacity communications satellite that will deliver TV, Internet and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa and Europe is one step closer to launch...
•  VIVA Concludes ‘Scratch & Win’ Offer this Friday at the Avenues Branches
Member Logo VIVA Kuwait will conclude ‘Scratch & Win’ offer amid amazing February offers tomorrow, Friday February 23rd at its Avenues Mall branches ‘exclusively’ for the third week in a row during February.
Recent Developments
•  Telecom Egypt joins SAMENA Telecommunications Council as a Member
•  Etisalat Group reports consolidated net profit before federal royalty of AED 17.45 billion
•  Huawei to go beyond traditional boundaries to enable a fully-connected, intelligent world
•  Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services
Policy and Regulation
FCC 'reverse auction' to boost rural broadband
Nearly 17,500 rural homes and businesses in Nevada that are currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future...
Nkom starts consultation on high-band spectrum auction
Nkom started a public consultation on the proposed rules for a high-band spectrum, including reserve prices, auction format and spectrum divisions...
South Asia
PTCL signs fiber leasing agreement with Telenor
Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited and Telenor Pakistan, have entered into a fiber leasing agreement, for the third consecutive year, under which PTCL will deliver fiber footprint to Telenor Pakistan...
Cargills links with TransferTo in Sri Lanka
Cargills Bank has partnered with TransferTo, a cross-border mobile payments network for emerging markets, to enhance and strengthen its remittance services...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Fox News launches OTT platform
Fox News is getting into the digital business with an upcoming over-the-top (OTT) platform called Fox Nation. It will launch in the fourth quarter of 2018...
Cesky bezdrat launches EriTV on CETIN's network
Czech operator Cesky bezdrat has launched the IPTV service EriTV on the network of the infrastructure provider CETIN...
Kwese acquires iflix to bring more content to Sub-Saharan Africa
Kwese has acquired ‘a significant stake’ in iflix, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) provider that has millions of subscribers in Asia...
Global Telecom Update
AT&T 5G rollout starts in these three cities
AT&T announced that it will first roll out 5G to three locations: Dallas, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta...
SKT upgrades IoT connectivity with LTE Cat.M1
SK Telecom is expanding its Internet of Things hybrid connectivity with the addition of a new nationwide network called Long-term Evolution Cat.M1, to be commercialized starting in April...
Middle East
UAE makes artificial intelligence leap
The UAE is investing in becoming a global pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence technology in various sectors of its economy...
Technology experts to attend Effat event
Effat University, Saudi Arabia’s first private non-profit women’s university, is hosting the two-day 15th Learning and Technology Conference from Feb. 25 under the theme “Internet of Things...Embedding...
North Africa
Orange Egypt selects Openwave to improve network quality
Orange Egypt has selected Openwave Mobility’s NFV-based Traffic Management solutions to deliver better quality of experience to its mobile subscribers...
3G and 4G Networks
SA sets the pace for LTE in Africa
South Africa is well ahead of its continental neighbours in regards to LTE deployments...
Telenet and ip.access boost indoor mobile connectivity in Belgium
ip.access, has signed an agreement with Telenet, to support the delivery of innovative end-to-end 3G and 4G solutions and to manage a mass roll out of small cells...
Alternative Telecom
Cityfibre and Vodafone target Aberdeen for 1Gbps home broadband
ISP Vodafone and fiber optic builder Cityfibre have confirmed that the second UK city to benefit from a deployment of their 1Gbps capable Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) ultrafast broadband network will be Aberdeen in Scotland...
SES delivers enhanced connectivity to citizens in Palau
SES announced that Palau Telecoms, which has leveraged SES Networks’ fleet since 2014, will be extending its contract until 2020 and increasing the amount of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) connectivity by 150 percent...
Magyar Telekom expands 1Gbps broadband to 800,000 homes
Hungary’s Magyar Telekom reports that in 2017 it covered 270,000 additional households with 30Mbps-plus fixed broadband – 40% of which can connect to its gigabit-capable fiber-optic network...
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