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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
June 22, 2022
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Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage wins Best of Show award at Interop Tokyo 2022
At Interop Tokyo 2022, the largest ICT trade show in Japan, Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage won the Best of Show special award in the Server & Storage category. This is the first world-class award won by Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage, demonstrating its high-end and competitive advantages...
Member News
•  AT&T hits industry-first 20 Gigabits per second symmetrical speed on production fiber network
Member Logo AT&T began deploying fiber to homes and businesses around 2010. Built on Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) technology, that initial service gave customers shared capacity of 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.25 Gbps...
•  Nokia donates EUR 1.1 million to universities in Finland
Member Logo The four selected universities receiving donations enhance research in areas that are vital to Nokia's business, such as 5G and 6G, edge computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum technologies...
Policy and Regulation
Ofcom consults on increasing spectrum for satellite connectivity; Starlink submits licence application
British telecoms regulator Ofcom is consulting on proposals to allow satellite operators to access more spectrum so they can provide a wider range of broadband services, including in hard-to-reach areas...
IATA urges governments to ensure safe rollout of 5G networks
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services...
South Asia
Google delegation visits Pakistan
The delegation attended an LOU signing ceremony between Tech Valley and the Ministry that aims to utilize Google tools and technologies to work for out-of-school children, who have a devastating high number of more than 22.4...
Huawei Nepal CEO makes special announcement for ICT development in Nepal
CEO of Huawei Nepal, William Zhang, has remarked upon common need for ICT development and has assured that Huawei is ready to serve for the benefit of Nepali citizens...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Discovery+ to launch in Germany on June 28
Warner Bros. Discovery will roll out its streaming service Discovery+ in Germany and Austria on June 28, 2022...
BARB: close to seven in 10 UK homes now take SVOD
Almost seven in 10 UK households now subscribe to at least one SVOD service, according to figures published by BARB, the UK’s television audience measurement outfit...
Global Telecom Update
Axiata, XL Axiata complete acquisition of 66.03 percent stake in Link Net
Link Net is among the leading providers of high-speed broadband and cable TV in Indonesia, reaching 2.9 million homes across 23 cities, serving some 855,000 broadband and about 837,000 cable TV customers respectively...
Vodafone partners with Oracle to modernise IT infrastructure
The collaboration will support Vodafone’s tech 2025 goals of providing quality customer experiences, reducing time-to-market of services, and reduce operational costs by using automation...
VOX Carrier and VOX Technologies merge to create an innovation powerhouse called VOX Solutions
The merger will bring the innovation capabilities of both companies to create the only full end-to-end solution provider in the area of A2P Voice and Messaging monetization...
Middle East
Work ongoing to link Kuwait to longest underwater cable
The cables which will be implemented through a consortium of companies, will pass through the Gulf countries to South Africa, and then link with the international communication traffic...
Y-Tel completes first video call over 4G network
Yemeni mobile provider Y-Tel – which also uses the Y-GSM brand – has completed what it claims is the first mobile video call in the country over its 4G network...
Awris picks GBM Bahrain for digital transformation
The Arab War Risks Insurance Syndicate has chosen Gulf Business Machines (GBM) in Bahrain to fast-track its digital transformation by implementing a new re-insurance system...
Dailyhunt parent VerSe innovation expands to MENA region
VerSe will initially launch Dailyhunt in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait and later, expand to other countries including Iraq, Iran, and Egypt...
North Africa
Egypt's Synapse Analytics secures US$2 million in pre-Series A round
Synapse Analytics, an Egypt-based artificial intelligence (AI) tech startup, has secured US$2 million in a pre-series A funding round, led by Egypt Ventures...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Orange Belgium maxes out on 5G specs
Orange Belgium (OB) has obtained the maximum amount of the new 5G spectrum bands available for auction in the main phase of mobile spectrum auctioned by Belgian comms regulator BIPT...
China has more than 5K 5G private networks
The three state-owned operators have built 5,325 5G private networks with a total of more than 20,000 use cases across 40 economic sectors...
Satellite & Internet
Viasat introduces its fastest satellite internet service plans
Viasat's New Choice home interent plans will give U.S. consumers more options in selecting the right internet service to meet their speed and data needs by offering five enhanced service plans...
Ooredoo launches fiber broadband in Fiyoari
Ooredoo Maldives has expanded its ‘SuperNet’ fiber-optic broadband service to Fiyoari, an inhabited island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll...
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