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January 25, 2022
Featured Member News
Etisalat ranked the world’s strongest telecom brand
Etisalat becomes the first brand from the MEA region to achieve this global recognition by Brand Finance among 500 global brands. Group CEO Eng. Hatem Dowidar is ranked in the Elite List of Brand Guardians globally...
Member News
•  stc provisions the International Mining Conference as part of its strategy enabling the digital transformation in KSA
Member Logo stc provisioned the International Mining Conference that was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, under the "The...
•  Viu doubles down on original productions for Asia
Member Logo Viu, PCCW's leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, looks towards the new year with more than 30 Viu Originals currently slated for production...
•  Nokia to showcase 5G private wireless at the 2022 TISSOT UCI Track World Championships
Member Logo Nokia is working with the French Cycling Federation to deploy a 5G private wireless network solution at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines National Velodrome...
•  Two teams from the Middle East among top ten in Huawei Tech4Good Global competition 2022
Member Logo Two teams from the Middle East are among ten finalists in Huawei's inaugural Tech4Good Global competition 2022. Tech4Good is a key part of Huawei's flagship CSR program, Seeds for the Future 2021, an initiative that...
Policy and Regulation
Latvia concludes 1.5GHz tender as Lithuania delays auction deadline
Latvia’s Public Utilities Commission (SPRK) has concluded its tender for 1.5GHz spectrum permits, with the regulator’s council due to approve the results by the end of January 2022...
SPRK completes 1.5GHz tender
Latvian telecoms watchdog the Public Utilities Commission has completed the competition process for allocating spectrum rights in the 1.5GHz band, the results of which are set to be approved by the SPRK Council before the...
Middle East
Ehsan platform launches application for smartphones
The National Platform for Charitable Work (Ehsan) launched its application for smartphones, as an extension of the digital excellence that the platform reflected in enhancing access to donation opportunities and using...
IQ Robotics expands partnership with BFL Group
IQ Robotics, an AI-driven, fully robotic business that’s spearheading the digital transformation of the logistics sector, is expanding upon its partnership with BFL Group through a multi-million-dollar deal...
Alibaba, Tradeling ink MoU to boost cross-border trade in Mena
The partnership will also offer Mena-based sellers and manufacturers a chance to expand their reach beyond the region and enter the global market through listing their products on
South Asia
Veon & Jazz open new data center in Pakistan
The Veon-owned company this week held an inauguration ceremony for the US$8 million Jazz Digital Park (JDP), and was officially opened by Veon Group CEO, Kaan Terzioğlu...
Digital Hospital to launch e-specialist services to remote communities in Bangladesh
Under the initiative, infrastructural changes will be made at the Community Paramedic’s (CP) chamber to support this program for the patients in the rural areas...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Discovery+ to launch in summer via Sky Deutschland
The cooperation partner is pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland, which will offer Discovery+ as an app on its TV platforms Sky Q and Sky X (Austria) as well as on smart TV Sky Glass when it launches in Germany and Austria...
Peacock launches on Sky in Germany and Austria
Sky Q and Sky Ticket customers in Germany, as well as Sky X customers in Austria, can access the new Peacock offering, including premium Peacock Originals and series from NBCUniversal...
North Africa
Online payment gateway noon payments launches in Egypt, the Middle East’s leading digital marketplace, has launched noon payments, a complete online payments platform that will help SMEs in Egypt grow...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone UK waves goodbye to 3G next year
Customers making use of the 3G service will be migrated to 4G and 5G services, with Vodafone working alongside The Good Things Foundation and other third parties to facilitate the switch...
French and German firms collaborate on 5G private network projects
The four winning projects will demonstrate the added value of 5G in sectors such as Industry 4.0, business areas and hospitals...
Satellite & Internet
Intelsat makes news in both disaster relief and aviation services
Integrated satellite and terrestrial network operator Intelsat has made news recently – both in disaster relief and in the more sedate area of commercial and business aviation services...
CityFibre begins offering commercial services in Gloucester
British pure fiber provider CityFibre has made its network in Gloucester available to end-users, with the infrastructure initially available in the Quedgeley area of the city, as well as parts of Podsmead, Tuffley and...
Global Telecom Update
SKT pushes government for contiguous 5G spectrum
SK Telecom (SKT) called on South Korea’s government to allocate additional mid-band 5G spectrum in an auction planned for February, as the operator seeks access to adjacent bands to optimise its network...
CTA launches open API standard to support radar-enabled contactless applications
The Consumer Technology Association has released an open API standard to support and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable radar sensing systems...
Transsion enhances smartphone location accuracy with HERE
Transsion has selected network positioning services from location data and technology platform HERE Technologies to improve its location accuracy capabilities in emerging markets...
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