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March 17, 2017
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Policy and Regulation
NCA advises telecom consumers to be on the alert
The Director Consumer and Corporate Affairs of National Communications Authority, directed the public to closely monitor the thumbs-up Digital Ghana logo when buying a set-top-box as there are fake ones on the market…
New ham radio regulations in Netherlands
New Dutch amateur radio regulations highlight the possibility of future restriction in the 23 cm band due to the Galileo GPS system which operates across 1260-1300 MHz…
PTA presents system to register complaints
Pakistan Telecommunication Authoritylaunched a system to resolve complaints where you can register your complaints against relative Mobile Company…
3G and 4G Networks
Globe offers LTE-A
In order to doubles LTE capacity, Globe Telecom has become the first operator in Philippines to implement 4-component-carrier aggregation LTE-Advanced using the 2600-MHz band...
HKBN offers 4G Mobile Services Bundle
In order to allow customers to terminate service with just 1 day of notice, Hong Kong fibre network operator HKBN has introduced its ‘Bye Anytime’ 4G Mobile Services Bundle including on-the-go entertainment and...
Vini inaugurates LTE in Tahiti
French Polynesian government-owned mobile operator Vini has launched LTE services in Pape’ete and the surrounding areas, with the network footprint spanning from Arue to Puna’auia…
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Pakistan’s first Digital Urdu Dictionary planned
In order to promote the Urdu language and preserve it, Digital Urdu Dictionary is planned to be built in Pakistan by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting…
VITEC sets new IPTV, digital signage & HEVC quality standards
VITECwill showcase the industry’s first broadcast-grade integrated IPTV and digital signage platform, EZ TV 8.0; a new generation of the industry’s most advanced, high-quality HEVC codec for the MGW Ace...
Netflix to support HDR content for mobile
To improve video streaming quality, Netflix has reiterated its intention to add HDR video content support for smartphones and other mobile devices…
Global Telecom Update
Orange rebrands Airtel unit in Burkina Faso
Orange Group has further strengthened its operations in West Africa with the announcement that it has officially launched its brand in Burkina Faso…
Google offers tool to flag 'offensive' search results
In order to improve the quality of search result, Google added a new category, "upsetting-offensive," in its guidelines for quality raters. For example, content with "racial slurs or extremely offensive terminology" could...
Arrow exhibits IoT innovation products in Shenzhen
In order to connect innovative Hong Kong startups with technology companies in China, Arrow Electronics has held an internet of things (IoT) innovation showcase in Shenzhen…
MTS Belarus offers free Wi-Fi at railway stations in major cities
MTS Belarus announced a project aimed at boosting its attractiveness as a potential tourist location by deploying free Wi-Fi in railway stations in Belarus’ 19 largest cities...
Middle East
Jordanian broadcaster modernizes Radio Operations
In a bid to cover the complete digital audio workflow, support production and programming, Jordan’s state radio broadcaster, JRTV is upgrading its existing radio automation and broadcast systems…
Huawei to set up training academy, smart city centre in KSA
To support the Saudi Arabia 2020 program to grow its digital economy, Huawei and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu have signed an agreement to establish a training academy and smart city innovation center in Yanbu,...
Digital learning process grows in the Middle East
More and more companies are looking at the Gulf region with billions of dollars budgeted for new school buildings as well as investments on smart tools and digital devices and applications…
South Asia
GSMA proposes Pak Govt to fix tax policy for telecom, mobile sectors
The GSMA proposed tax policy for telecom sector of Pakistan in order to close the digital divide in the country and reach its Vision-2025 goals…
Citibank and regional blockchain experts to discuss FinTech opportunities
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold a business event where a set of leading experts will discuss how Sri Lankan businesses can latch on to the opportunities presented by financial technologies…
MCB, Telenor ink deal on Easypaisa network
MCB and Telenor have signed an agreement with which MCB Lite branchless banking customers will gain access to Easypaisa - Telenor’s MFS solution’s diverse network...
E-commerce technologypark to be launched in Bangladesh
In order to solve the office space accommodation problems, the e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh has taken an initiative to set up the country's first private e-commerce Technology Park in Dhaka…
North Africa
Nigeria’s telecom consumers spent US$ 6.6 billion on phone calls
According tothe latest published results, Nigerian telecom consumers spent a US$6.6 billion in 2016 as compared to US$5.6 billion spent in 2015…
Telecom and Cloud Service Options Expand in Africa
Affordable mobile telecommunications in Africa are expanding through a joint venture between two Virginia-based companies…
Alternative Telecom
21 e-Libraries to be set up in Pakistan
Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif announced that 21 e-libraries would be established in Punjab to ensure availability of digital digital books, novels, magazines, online publications newspapers…
Sri Lanka consumer rights enter a digital era
In order to ensure consumer protection, Sri Lanka announced that its consumer protection umbrella is expanding next to a brand new territory…
New subsea cable laid to improve internet connection
In order to improve the security of Cambodia's connection to the internet, new subsea cable connecting Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand has been launched in Cambodia, adding at least 30Tbps of regional capacity…
Telefónica, Vodafone sign FTTH deal
Telcos Telefónica and Vodafone have reached a breakthrough agreement over FTTH whereby Vodafone will be able to use Telefónica’s FTTH networks in exchange for a fee over a five-year period…
OTT services supports Russia’s MegaFon
The Russian mobile operator MegaFon’s video and TV OTT solution MegaFon TV had 1.6 million registered users as of the end of 2016…
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