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November 23, 2021
Featured Member News
Malaysia Prime Minister launches Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation Center
Huawei’s CSIC is designed as an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Hub and Centre of Excellence to drive the industry’s open ecosystem and accelerate digital economy transformation in Malaysia...
Member News
•  ‘UAE Driving the future of mobility and autonomous technology’
Member Logo Autonomous vehicles will soon become a reality in UAE, with the country becoming the first in the Middle East and the second globally to test self-driving cars on the streets with the approval of a temporary license to test...
•  AT&T helps Federal Agencies modernize their IT infrastructure
Member Logo AT&T has launched an integrated, managed cybersecurity solution to help U.S. federal agencies modernize and protect their IT infrastructure in compliance with Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 cybersecurity guidance...
Policy and Regulation
Colombia to address spectrum caps and 5G
Colombia’s ICT ministry, MinTIC Colombia, has indicated that it is planning to publish a draft decree for public consultation on issues relating to spectrum and next-generation technology...
Sweden opens local 5G licensing
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency has opened applications for local 5G licences in parts of the 3.7GHz (3760MHz-3800MHz) and 26GHz (24.25GHz-25.1GHz) bands...
South Asia
Four companies shortlisted for Nepal’s satellite installation
Four companies have been shortlisted for carrying out the study required for placing Nepal’s own satellite into orbit...
North Africa
Egypt ranks 4th in Africa, 8th in Arab world in Internet speed in 2020
Egypt ranked fourth in Africa and eighth in the Arab world in the Internet speed index, in which the average Internet speed increased to 45.9 Mbps in 2020 from 6.5 Mbps in 2019...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Roku launches live TV offer in Germany
Further live TV channels will be added in the next few weeks. For reception, viewers need a streaming player or streaming stick from Roku that connects the TV set to the internet...
Gusto TV rolls out into Italy, Portugal, and Spain with rlaxx TV
Food channel Gusto TV has expanded its partnership with German-based streaming platform rlaxx TV, launching in Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Rollouts in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey are due to follow soon...
Global Telecom Update
Telecoms group Orange Belgium in talks to buy major stake in VOO
Telecoms company Orange Belgium said it was in talks to buy a majority stake in Belgian telecoms operator VOO SA, in a possible deal valuing the whole of VOO at 1.8 billion euros (US$2 billion) on an enterprise value basis...
Africell selects Digis Squared to support new network in Angola
Africell Angola has awarded Digis Squared a multi-year contract to provide end to end Managed Services to support the launch of its new network...
Kyndryl and VMware expand partnership
Kyndryl and VMware have announced an expansion of the companies’ strategic partnership focused on app modernization and multicloud services...
Middle East
Cost of ‘communications’ in Kuwait lowest among world
The usage of Internet in Kuwait increased 12% during 2020 compared to 2019 especially the mobile broadband networks as a result of the preference for wireless communications...
Umniah expands its network coverage in Jordan's southern governorates
Umniah announced that it has successfully expanded its network in the southern governorates of Madaba, Karak, Ma'an, Aqaba and Tafileh by adding new network towers and upgrading the operation of its 3G and 4G networks...
MoIAT, Dubai Industrial City deal to boost UAE industrial sector
This latest partnership focuses on areas that will be crucial to enhancing the competitiveness of the country and turning the UAE into a sustainable, attractive global industrial hub...
Saudi Arabia firms ramping up digital investment strategies
Companies in Saudi Arabia are ramping up their digital investment strategies, with 68% of CEOs saying they have an aggressive digital investment strategy intended to secure first-mover or fast-follower status...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
ZOL extends LTE service coverage to 4 new cities
The new cities that have been added to ZOL ever-growing list of locations are Chivhu, Chegutu, Chipinge and Karoi...
Globe Telecom accelerates rollout of its 5G-capable IBS
Globe Telecom is accelerating the rollout of its 5G-capable in-building solutions (IBS) to provide quality indoor coverage in key tourism-related destinations such as airports, shopping malls, and stadiums...
Satellite & Internet
NGC Australia teams with Inmarsat
Northrop Grumman Australia will partner with Inmarsat to develop an agile, resilient and sovereign satellite communications capability to support the future joint force and protect Australia’s strategic interests...
Ribbon gets Moratelindo nod for fibre expansion
PT Mora Telematika Indonesia has selected Ribbon Communications to supply it with elements from its switching and optical transport portfolio on two key sections of its network...
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