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August 11, 2022
Featured Member News
stc boosts the 5G network capacity by over 60%
stc the leading Digital Enabler in the Kingdom has developed its 5G Infrastructure Capabilities through utilizing a new additional 5G spectrum to be the 1st Operator in MENA Region to enable 5G Carrier Aggregation technology. This is expected to boost the 5G network capacity up to 60% and improve download speeds for its subscribers...
Member News
•  Cisco and Loop Capital host a techt alk on Cisco’s optical business
Member Logo Cisco will host a webcast with Loop Capital and Bill Gartner to discuss Cisco’s optical strategy, portfolio evolution and market dynamics...
•  Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 ranked as Leader in Metro Packet-Optical Transport by GlobalData
Member Logo Huawei OptiX OSN 9800 series has been ranked as the "Leader" with the highest score in Metro Packet-Optical Transport by GlobalData — a leading provider of data, analytics, and insights on the world's largest...
Recent Developments
•  Cisco and Celcom enhances mobile connectivity experience for Malaysians
•  AT&T contributes US$1 million to New Dallas Innovation Alliance Program
•  Zain joins UN Global Compact initiative for responsible business practices
•  inspireU program embracing 18 projects in its 9th intake
Policy and Regulation
Jordan signs deals to launch 5G services
Jordan's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) signed deals with two telecom operators to introduce 5G services in the kingdom, according to a TRC statement...
TRA announces restoration of mobile communication services in Dhofar Oman
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority announced the completion of the repair process for the fiber optic cable that affected mobile communications services in the Governorate of Dhofar...
Gabon and Togo sign MoU on free roaming
The telecoms regulators of the two countries noted the agreement will result in a substantial drop in the price of mobile services while roaming, with outgoing calls billed at the local rate and no charge for incoming...
Content & Immersive Technologies
STARZPLAY Sports launching in MENA
Going live on August 12th, STARZPLAY Sports seeks to disrupt the sporting entertainment scene by bringing together the most popular live sport events under one platform...
Disney becomes world’s largest streaming operato
In its Q3 2022 earnings, the company revealed that it had a total of 221.1 million streaming customers globally, overtaking Netflix’s total of 220.67 million worldwide...
Satellite & Internet
Nova Scotia expands high-speed satellite internet grant program
The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program will now help approximately 5,900 homes instead of the 3,700 originally announced last month, according to a news release from the province...
TPG using Adtran’s fiber extension portfolio to roll out gigabit speeds
Adtran has announced that Australia’s TPG Telecom Group is leveraging the vendor’s second-generation fiber extension portfolio to upgrade existing broadband services to gigabit speeds and attract new...
Global Telecom Update
IP Infusion unveils OcNOS 6 networking operating system for telcos
IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, announced general availability for OcNOS® 6 networking software...
Rakuten on track to break even in 2023 as revenues rise 64.5%
Among customers who already used Rakuten services the average monthly per-user gross merchandise sales or GSM on Rakuten Ichiba increased by 52% after subscribing to Rakuten Mobile, suggesting increased customer loyalty...
Paratus launches Namibian data center in Windhoek
The launch of Armada signals the country’s readiness to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), offering Namibian businesses the whole gamut of digitally resilient infrastructure and hosting services...
Middle East
Snap plans Mena expansion with new office in Qatar
This move is part of Snap’s efforts to support and create opportunities for its highly engaged community in Qatar, as well as work closely with local partners and businesses, ultimately contributing to Qatar’s...
Udrive expands into Saudi Arabia
Udrive's shared mobility model supports Saudi's Vision 2030 for greener mobility and the new operations are being set in line with the increasing demand from residents, tourists, students and startups in the...
Yahsat H1 net income soars 50.7pc; revenue at record
Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has seen first-half (H1) net income soar 50.7% to AED167 million (US$45 million) year-on-year, driving a strong net margin of 22.1%...
South Asia
HNB SOLO partners with Lanka Hospitals for LANKAQR payment solutions
HNB SOLO partnered with Lanka Hospitals for LANKAQR payment solutions enabling access to timely medical assistance while strengthening the country’s cashless and contactless payment sphere...
Titas Gas opts Robi as its digital solutions partner
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd. has selected Robi as the company’s telecommunication and digital connectivity provider...
North Africa
Tunisia's first mobile identity launched
This digital identity enables the administration and institutions to develop online services, digitize administrative procedures and gradually abandon paper transactions...
GrubTech partners Geidea to provides cutting-edge e-payment solutions in Egypt
The agreement is a part of the company’s strategy that aims at expanding in establishing grand commercial partnerships with major key players in F&B market in MENA...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
900 Devon and Somerset UK premises benefit from 4G mobile boost
The CDS programme in England has announced that 900 homes and businesses have now benefitted from their Mobile Boost Scheme, which aims to improve rural 4G mobile coverage...
T-Mobile spends US$3.5 billion on additional 600MHz 5G spectrum
T-Mobile US has agreed to buy 600MHz mobile frequency licences from two companies controlled by Columbia Capital covering approximately one-third of the US population for a total of US$3.5 billion...
NT set to launch 5G services in December
The newly-appointed president of National Telecom (NT) says the company will launch its 5G mobile services through the 700-megahertz spectrum range in December...
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