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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
November 23, 2017
Member News
•  VIVA wins “Best Operator Network” and “5G Innovator of the Year “ awards
Member Logo VIVA Kuwait has been recognized as “Best Operator Network” and “5G Innovator of the Year” by Telecom World Middle East...
•  Fijian Government selects EUTELSAT 172B for providing universal television access
Member Logo Walesi, the Fijian Government’s Digital Television infrastructure management company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) that will for the first time expand free-to-air...
Recent Developments
•  Mobily gears up to grow online through cooperation with Souq
•  STC participates in Misk Global Forum as a Technical Sponsor
•  Cisco launches USD 1 billion Smart Cities fund
•  Umniah signs agreement to become the exclusive telecom provider for JUNet
Policy and Regulation
Regulator converting Giraffe spectrum for 4G
Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications &Informatisation (NCCIR) has decided to begin the process of converting the 2300MHz frequency band to 4G LTE usage, reports…
Thai regulator rules that Line Mobile does not require MVNO licence
Following an examination of Line Mobile’s business model, Thai regulator NBTC has ruled that the company does not require an MVNO licence...
North Africa
Tunisie Telecom sets white-spot deployment project
Tusinia's digital economy minister inked an agreement with Tunisie Telecom for a 3G/LTE deployment project which will bring broadband connectivity to 94 white-spot areas across fifteen of the country's...
Facebook plans to establish Nigerian hub in African tech drive
To encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training programme in fast-growing Africa, Facebook will open a "community hub space" in Nigeria next year...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Uruguay presents ClickVeo OTT platform
In order to boost local content, Uruguayan operator Antel has helped to launch a new OTT platform…
Date set for affordable Mwasalat taxi App service
Mwasalat Taxi App service will be available for Apple Store users, Google Play for pre-booking and immediate access to the service at any time and from anywhere in Muscat…
OTT gains ground in Ecuador
Over 80% of Ecuador’s connected homes consume video through over-the-top (OTT) platforms…
Alternative Telecom
E-Fiber chooses NKM for Zeevang FTTH network
Veenendaal-based NKM inked deal with E-Fiber to construct a fiber optic network to all addresses in Zeevang, part of the municipality of Edam-Volendam…
Sonatel introduces Senegal’s first FTTH network
According to Sonatel, it has announced the launch of a fiber-optic broadband network this week…
Middle East
Saudi National Digitization Unit signs MoU with GE to drive digital industrial innovation
Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE to drive digital industrial diversification and the application of innovative business models, supporting Saudi youth in...
Bank Muscat, ITA and Visa join hands to highlight emerging trends in electronic payments
Bank Muscat in association with the Information Technology Authority and Visa, hosted a seminar on 'Emerging trends in electronic payments' at Bank Muscat head office...
Iran offers the most economical internet in the world
According to a study, Iran has the cheapest broadband n the world...
South Asia
PTCL to provide ICT services to incubation center
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has inked an agreement for the provision of information and communication technology services, establishment of incubation centre and software technology park in KPK....
3G and 4G Networks
Smartsky tests 4G LTE on demo flight
SmartSky has conducted multiple demonstration flights for current and prospective customers with SmartSky 4G LTE to go live nationwide in mid-2018 for business aviation...
RSAWEB launches Home LTE
RSAWEB has recently launched Home LTE which promises a new, quick and easy way to get connected to high speed data services...
Global Telecom Update
Zong 4G introduces free WhatsApp service
Zong 4G announced the facility free WhatsApp for its customers last week, adding to its service of free Facebook, for prepaid as well as post paid subscribers...
KT unveils portable AI speaker
KT launched an outdoor version of its artificial intelligence (AI) speaker GiGA Genie, Thursday, in a bid to diversify its AI platforms...
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