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September 19, 2022
Featured Member News
HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 begins global tour in Bangkok – "Unleash Digital"
The theme of this year's event is "Unleash Digital," gathering over 10,000 ICT industry leaders, experts, and partners from around the world to explore how to more effectively unleash digital productivity, promote the digital economy, and build up stronger digital ecosystems...
Saudi Arabia’s contactless payment penetration rate is ‘94% of all digital transactions’
Saudi Arabia has been one of the leading countries in contactless payments, with a penetration rate of 94 percent of all digital transactions as compared to 70 percent in other developed countries...
Member News
•  stc Bahrain launches its latest fiber campaign
Member Logo stc Bahrain, a world-class digital enabler, has launched its fiber campaign with exciting offers to existing and new customers, including a six-month free subscription...
•  SES extends Digicel partnership to provide Tonga with disaster network resiliency via O3b
Member Logo SES and international mobile network operator Digicel announced today they will extend their partnership to provide the Kingdom of Tonga with long-term disaster resiliency to minimise bandwidth disruptions...
Recent Developments
•  stc Group signs 7 Memorandums of Understanding to develop & research AI technologies
•  e& announces multi-year strategic collaboration as part of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
•  stc & “SDAIA” sign MOU to develop digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence solutions
•  CBO and Omantel sign MoU to offer fintech accelerator program
Policy and Regulation
CITC publishes the spectrum trading regulations
The Communications and Information Technology Commission has published the Spectrum Trading Regulations, as part of the efforts to implement its National Spectrum Strategy (2020-2025), the regulations aims to embrace a...
TRA issues new regulations for telecom towers
According to the new regulations, telecom towers should be set up at least three metres higher than the adjacent building and should be surrounded by a fence excluding the towers that are set up on building edges...
Middle East
Ooredoo signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dell Technologies for cloud, 5G and edge solutions
The collaboration was discussed during a visit to Dell’s Dubai headquarters to facilitate the companies’ exploration of potential future opportunities around technologies such as cloud-based services, 5G and edge...
Saudi Arabia’s contactless payment penetration rate is ‘94% of all digital transactions’
Saudi Arabia has been one of the leading countries in contactless payments, with a penetration rate of 94 percent of all digital transactions as compared to 70 percent in other developed countries...
IEC Telecom to highlight importance of digitalisation for maritime sector at Saudi Maritime Congress
IEC Telecom announced its participation at the upcoming Saudi Maritime Congress (SMC) to be held on September 28th to 29th at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
South Asia
Dialog Axiata Group to invest US$152.4 million in Sri Lanka
These agreements span a broad scope of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure development by the Dialog Axiata Group, encompassing the expansions of mobile and fixed 4G-LTE networks...
Digital payments to ease lending to small businesses
Accepting digital payments through personal retail accounts could pave the way for local cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) to avail loans from official banking channels, according to experts...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Telecom Fiji Ltd to develop TSLS mobile app
TSLS has expanded its service delivery on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, Viber Community and will later integrate existing live chat...
Zetly’s ‘Sport Metaverse’ gives fans an all-in-one bonding experience with their favorite teams
Sport Metaverse sees Zetly partnering with BSV blockchain VR/AR specialists Transmira, as well as gaming projects PowChess and Haste Arcade...
North Africa
Algerian logistics platform GroDesto raises US$1.4 million in public offering
GroDesto is an initiative to enable the distribution of consumer goods in Algeria. and the startup consists of a mobile application and a website for logistics management...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
4G coverage at 95.82 percent as at June 2022
The National Digital Network Plan (Jendela) is moving towards its Phase 1 target to reach 7.2 million premises provided with fiber connectivity and 4G coverage at 95.82 per cent as at June 30, 2022...
MTN introduces 5G network in Nigerian cities with more to come
MTN has launched its 5G network in Lagos and said it plans to activate the service in six other states...
Satellite & Internet
Xtendnet to offer satellite broadband for UK and Europe
A multi-national group of satellite and telecom veterans from the US, UK and mainland Europe have launched a challenger satellite broadband service Xtendnet for underserved businesses and consumers in Europe...
GigNet signs agreement with Galenia Hospital Cancun to provide high-speed broadband for medical staff and patients
GigNet, a digital infrastructure company with an extensive regional fibre optic broadband network from Costa Mujeres, North of Cancun, through the Hotel Zone of Tulum, announced it is providing advanced broadband for...
Global Telecom Update
Hyundai, Kia sign MOU with SK Telecom to offer Wavve services in cars
Hyundai said such a deal is part of its plan to quickly transition toward connected cars, considered to be the next-generation automobile system that connects cars to the internet...
BT, Atos ioin forces on new Digital Vision offering
As part of a multi-million pound partnership, BT and Atos launch Digital Vision, a new computer vision solution that will help revolutionise industries, including manufacturing and logistics among others...
EdgePoint and Xperanti collaborate to realise Penang’s smart city ambition
EdgePoint's operating entity in Malaysia, aims to create an ecosystem merging both IoT solutions and intelligent telecommunications infrastructure and will play a part in realising Penang's Smart City ambition...
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