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October 23, 2021
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stc completes its digital services with 16 towers, 4 communication stations and 15 coverage vehicles
stc Group CEO Eng. Olayan M. Al-Wetaid reviewed the digital services arrangements in several locations that will host events of Riyadh Season this year. Eng. Al Wetaid visited The Boulevard, Riyadh and different sites to check how the network infrastructure is ready for the events...
China's 5G user penetration rate hits 20%
The 5G user penetration rate in China has crossed the threshold of 20 percent, which means rapid development of 5G will follow, according to a senior executive from Huawei Technologies...
Member News
•  Etisalat collaborates with UAE Team Emirates as Official Sponsor
Member Logo Etisalat has signed a memorandum of understanding for a four-year sponsorship deal with UAE Team Emirates, the first UAE World Tour cycling team...
•  Consumers in Turkey benefit from better CDN interconnections
Member Logo SpeedChecker, the mobile crowdsourcing company released a new report (July 2021) on the performance of mobile networks in Turkey. This report is part of an ongoing commitment from SpeedChecker to benchmark true user...
•  Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer to step down
Member Logo Eutelsat Communications Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer has notified the board of directors of his intention to step down at the beginning of 2022...
•  Middle East region and Gulf specifically is of strategic importance to Huawei Digital Power company
Member Logo As enterprises in the Middle East progress in their digital transformation mindset, Charles Yang, SVP of Huawei and President of Global Marketing Sales and Services at Huawei Digital Power, sees the Middle East region and...
Recent Developments
•  “SAMENA Accelerator – UBBF” Calls for Action to Achieve Ultra Broadband Policy Enablement and to Timely Address Challenges Facing Fiber Deployment and IPv6 Migration in the Region
•  Smiles welcomes Shukran to its blockchain-powered Rewards Exchange
•  Batelco brings Avaya Spaces to Bahrain following introduction at GITEX 2021
•  Etisalat teams up with Sharjah RTA to implement smart technologies
Policy and Regulation
Subtel greenlights Starlink launch
Chilean telecoms regulator has granted Starlink approval to operate five satellite ground stations, enabling the operator to launch commercial services on a national level...
North Africa
Telecom Egypt, Nokia renew IoT partnership
The deal covers the development of an IoT infrastructure for Telecom Egypt, backed by Nokia's global IoT network (WING)...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Navajo Express turns to Velociti to implement 4G transition
Velociti Inc., a provider of technology solutions, will implement the technology upgrades necessary for Navajo Express to maintain its fleet efficiency during the transition from 3G to 4G...
China's 5G user penetration rate hits 20%
The 5G user penetration rate in China has crossed the threshold of 20 percent, which means rapid development of 5G will follow, according to a senior executive from Huawei Technologies...
Satellite & Internet
Data-driven satellite ready to launch
One of the largest telecommunications satellites ever built in Europe, which will supply high-speed data links for commercial aviation as well as providing connectivity to underserved areas to accelerate digital inclusion,...
Beeline launches 500Mbps GPON fiber in Nur-Sultan
Kazakhstan’s KaR-Tel (Beeline) has launched residential GPON fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) internet access with speeds of 200Mbps-500Mbps in capital city Nur-Sultan...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone launches eco-SIM in latest green push
Vodafone Group committed to distribute SIMs made from recycled plastic across operations in Europe, South Africa, Egypt and Turkey, with the company eventually aiming to eliminate the need for the cards completely...
Play and Ericsson extend RAN collaboration in Poland
Polish cellular telecommunications provider Play Communications SA (known as Play or P4) has signed a new agreement with Ericsson to expand its RAN (Radio Access Network)...
Verizon-AWS private mobile edge computing available to U.S. enterprises
Companies using a dedicated private network need to connect and manage multiple devices at scale and speed to benefit from the edge computing infrastructure of on-site 5G and 5G Edge with AWS Outposts...
Middle East
Hub71, AWS accelerate startup growth on the cloud
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced their collaboration at the GITEX Technology Week, to provide tech startups with support to build scalable and secure cloud-based...
Orange Jordan supports "Daad" competition for Arabic digital content
The competition seeks to increase Arabic content on the Internet, where the number of Arabic speakers is around 400 million, and it is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, within the framework of the Daad...
Advanced Electronics reaffirms commitment to strengthening Saudi Arabia’s ICT capabilities at GITEX Global 2021
Through these global platforms, the company aims to further strengthen its expertise, accelerate their process of innovation, and consolidate its position as a tech leader and a fundamental supporter of Saudi Vision 2030...
Zain Bahrain's investments and infrastructure, main drivers of growth in Q3 2021
Steady 5% growth in operating profits with revenues growing 3% year-on-year for the 3rd quarter of 2021...
Dell launches Apex Flex on Demand in UAE, Saudi Arabia
Dell Technologies said that Dell Technologies Apex Flex on Demand is now available in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, enabling businesses to acquire infrastructure and services on a pay-per-use consumption model...
South Asia
Pakistan based digital payments platform updated with Temenos Transact Core Banking
Temenos Transact Core Banking will be supporting product innovation and greater scalability and overall efficiency for Pakistan’s virtual payments platform Easypaisa...
Robi to sell all its towers to scale up tower sharing
Bangladesh's second largest mobile network operator Robi is set to sell off all its towers with an aim to increase tower sharing among the operators and optimise investment...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Amazon Prime Video is launched on Allente’s set-top boxes
The company, formed from the merger of Canal Digital and Viasat Consumer, says the Amazon Prime Video app will also be available on its new set-top box, which launches in early 2022...
Accedo brings streaming to Nreal AR glasses
Accedo has announced a partnership with Augmented Reality (AR) glasses brand Nreal to offer Extended Reality (XR) viewing for video consumers...
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