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November 22, 2021
Featured Member News
Etisalat’s ‘Green Friday’ discounts are up for grabs
Green Friday boasts of a wide array of deals and discounts on devices, accessories, and smart living offering from 21st November until 30th November across Etisalat retail stores. Purchases can also be made via My Etisalat app and the
Member News
•  solutions by stc launches integrated online payment and business solutions “Tajer” powered by Payzah
Member Logo solutions by stc, the specialized business arm of Kuwait Telecommunications Company – stc, announced the launch of an integrated solutions powered by Payzah called “Tajer” that aims to support...
•  Nokia private LTE chosen by Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority to digitalize distribution network
Member Logo Nokia has been selected to build a secure, private LTE network (pLTE) for Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) to modernize its distribution network for improved efficiency and performance...
•  National winners of Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2021 head to regional finals
Member Logo Huawei has announced the national winners of the 2021 Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, recently held in 10 countries across the region. It is the fifth year of the annual competition, which aims to nurture and empower the...
Policy and Regulation
NTRA approves usage of higher frequencies for mobile networks to improve services by 2022
Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) greenlit the usage of higher network frequencies for Vodafone, Etisalat, and WE and is expecting an improvement in network services by early 2022, according to a...
New standards needed to drive digital agriculture
The next wave of technological progress to sustain the world's fast-growing global population will capitalize on artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the precision and sustainability...
South Asia
Nepal improves fixed broadband speed
In Speedtest’s October Index, Nepal’s fixed broadband download speed was 27.59 Mbps on average and the upload was at 24.20 almost equaling the download speed with 10 ms latency...
Dialog Axiata enables eSIM service on Apple Watches in Sri Lanka
Dialog Axiata has extended eSIM support for Apple Watch Cellular Models thereby enabling Apple Watch users to stay connected, even while they are away from their phones...
North Africa
Tunisia’s iCompass uses AI to help companies speak their customer’s language
Tunisian startup iCompass is using artificial intelligence to help companies across Africa and the Middle East communicate with their customers in their own languages...
Morocco launches “Fastvolt”
The emergence of new charging stations in Morocco is likely to see a rapid growth in interest in electric vehicles...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
13 million Nepalis use 4G internet services
Around 37 percent of the internet users in the country have been using 4G services with the telecommunication companies aggressively expanding the service across the country...
Indosat Ooredoo 5G commercial rollout reaches Makassar
Indonesian mobile operator Indosat Ooredoo has announced that its ongoing deployment of commercial 5G services has reached Makassar on the island of Sulawesi...
Global Telecom Update
Vodafone NZ tops 10,000 Wi-Fi Calling service users
Vodafone New Zealand has announced that more than 10,000 mobile phone users are now connecting via Wi-Fi Calling, a service that enables people in a location with a weak or no mobile signal to make and receive texts and...
M1ST opportunity for TrueMoney & Rabbit LINE Pay in Thailand
Boku is expanding its mobile payments network M1ST into Thailand via support for the country’s two most popular mobile wallets, TrueMoney and Rabbit LINE Pay...
Middle East
Trend Micro blocks 5.4 million cyber threats in first half of 2021
Trend Micro has detected and blocked 5,435,089 email threats in the Kingdom of Bahrain, according to its mid-year security round-up report for the first half of 2021...
Port operators, shipping companies urged to go digital in Oman
The circular came with the aim of motivating the maritime transport community in the Sultanate of Oman to use digital solutions such as electronic bill of lading and other services to facilitate trade and create a flexible...
Ooredoo's digital transformation continues with Tecnotree as new digital billing vendor
Based on microservices architecture, the system supports both traditional and digital offerings, providing a platform for high-performance billing and revenue management functions, efficiently tracking usage and payment, and...
Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Digital services now available on TAMM
This move comes in alignment with the Abu Dhabi government vision of being the first country in the region to provide all government services on a unified digital platform...
AlMalki takes warehousing to next level with Infor and SNS
Saudi Arabian luxury retailer and distributor, AlMalki Group, has optimised efficiency and reliability employing a new warehouse management solution provided by Infor, the industry cloud company, and partner SNS...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Mediagenix unveils What’sOn Hive
Mediagenix has launched What’sOn Hive, a modular cloud platform that seamlessly expands the rich What’sOn ecosystem...
Disney adds ESPN+ and Disney+ to Hulu with Live TV and increases price
Disney-owned streamer Hulu is upping the price of its cord-cutting Hulu with Live TV service by US$5, but is adding access to its other streaming platforms...
Satellite & Internet
First Airbus built Inmarsat-6 satellite shipped to Japan ready for launch
Inmarsat-6 has a large 9m aperture L-band antenna and nine multibeam Ka-band antennas, and features a high level of flexibility and connectivity...
Rostelecom testing 10Gbps-capable GPON in St Petersburg
Rostelecom is testing 10Gbps-capable GPON (’10 GPON’) fiber broadband access in St Petersburg in partnership with Huawei, with a pilot launch of the technology scheduled for the first quarter of 2022...
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