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January 23, 2023
Featured Member News
stc Group to Continue Chairmanship of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council announces that its Board of Directors will continue to be spearheaded by stc Group; a founding Member of the Council. Through consensus, Chairmanship of stc, represented by Eng. Olayan Alwetaid, Group CEO of stc, was renewed for the 2023-2024 term. The Board indicated confidence in stc’s leadership, and Chairman Alwetaid expressed his commitment to deliver on the expectations of the Board and the SAMENA Council...
Member News
•  Zain ‘Best Telecom Company’ and ‘Best Digital Transformation Telecom Company’ in Kuwait 2022
Member Logo Zain, Kuwait’s leading digital service provider, was named ‘Best Telecom Company’ and ‘Best Digital Transformation Telecom Company’ in Kuwait for the year 2022 during the annual excellence...
•  Eutelsat successfully decommissions EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite
Member Logo Initially designed for a 15-year lifetime, the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite has retired after an impressive 20+ years of fruitful in-orbit operation...
•  Nokia and Samsung sign 5G patent license agreement
Member Logo Nokia announced that it has signed a new cross-license patent agreement with Samsung following the expiry of the previous agreement at the end of 2022...
Recent Developments
•  Zain’s ‘Generation Z’ 2023 graduate program to focus on everlasting change in the workplace
•  e& commits to the Global ESG Disclosure Initiatives
•  Cisco and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg renew their collaboration in digital transformation
•  e& named MEA’s most valuable portfolio of telecom brands, by Brand Finance
Policy and Regulation
Telcos, ISPs directed to shift to IPv6
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed telecom operators and internet service providers (ISPs) to upgrade their internet protocols to IPv6 technology...
Egypt drafting legislation to regulate social media platforms
Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation is preparing legislation that would require social media platforms to obtain a license to access mobile users in the country, the head of the Supreme Council for Media...
South Asia
Nepal Telecom begins 4G service in Sinja, Jumla District
State-backed telecom giant Nepal Telecom (Ntc) has begun its 4G service in Sinja Gaunpalika -4 (Rural Municipality) of Jumla district...
18,000 marginalised children in Bangladesh receive digital literacy
The project was implemented to ensure digital independence for children and keep them safe online, the project stakeholders said while sharing the achievements, challenges, and learning at the concluding event of the...
Content & Immersive Technologies
WEF launches its own metaverse offering
The metaverse has been a popular topic of conversation at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) 2023 in Davos, Switzerland, as the future design of the internet holds the promise of transforming numerous industries and is...
KPN embraces streaming with new KPN TV+ offering
Dutch telco KPN has launched a new TV service combining traditional TV and streaming, becoming the latest telco to embrace streaming as at the core of its TV offering...
wedotv plans to launch more FAST Channels
wedotv is responding to the strong growth in user numbers of its ad-supported offerings on smart TV and OTT platforms by launching further FAST Channels...
Global Telecom Update
AirTrunk announces first Malaysian data centre
Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk has announced its entry into Malaysia with plans to develop a 150+ megawatt (MW) data centre...
NuRAN inks US$90 million NaaS deal with Orange Madagascar
NuRAN Wireless (NuRAN) has signed a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) agreement with Orange Madagascar for the deployment of up to 500 rural networking telecoms sites...
Nigeria’s active mobile subscriptions rose by 14% to 222 million in 2022
Active subscriptions for telecommunications services across the mobile networks of MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile rose to 222 million at the end of 2022...
Middle East
Saudi-based edtech platform Faheem upbeat, plans regional expansion
Saudi Arabia-based edtech platform Faheem is planning to expand its regional presence in its effort to lead the online tutoring space...
BankDhofar inks OMR30 million financing pact with Oman Towers
Oman Tower Company provides various infrastructure solutions such as Greenfield towers, rooftops, in-building solutions and other innovative ideas for the 4th industrial revolution...
LigaData selected by Asiacell to implement new data governance program
Asiacell has appointed data analytics and AI specialists LigaData to implement a new Data Governance Framework and Data Governance Center of Expertise...
MENA to gain 2 million pay-TV subscribers
The number of pay-TV subscribers in 20 MENA countries will increase from 17.32 million in 2022 to 19.20 million in 2028...
UAE’s DTS Solution transferred into Bahrain-based Beyon Cyber’s ownership
Bahrain-based Beyon Cyber, part of the Beyon Group, has signed a deal to acquire a majority shareholding in Dubai-headquartered cybersecurity provider DTS Solution...
North Africa
Orange invests in telecommunication submarine cable joining Morocco, Europe
Orange Maroc has announced that they have now taken a decision to invest in the submarine cable infrastructure in Nador Region, which is being done to help strengthen Morocco’s proclivity to digital exchanges in Africa...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Tigo Panama pledges US$100 million for 4G, fibre expansion
Currently, the Tigo LTE network covers 95% of the population according to the executive director of networks Víctor Inchausti, and the core part of the network is ready for the implementation of 5G...
KDDI, Samsung complete SLA assurance network slicing trial on live 5G SA network
Claiming an industry first, Samsung and Japanese operator KDDI have reported successfully demonstrating the ability to generate multiple network slices using a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) on a live commercial 5G...
Satellite & Internet
Carnival announces it will offer blazing fast internet with Starlink
Carnival Corporation announced on that they have signed an agreement with SpaceX’s Starlink — Elon Musk’s satellite technology company — to provide faster and more reliable Wi-fi for their customers...
Orange Poland debuts 2Gbps fiber option
Orange Poland has launched a 2Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service which is available to around 2.7 million households at launch...
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