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January 25, 2023
Featured Member News
Zain unveils MAX, the new generation of Internet plans
Zain, Kuwait’s leading digital service provider, unveiled its all-new MAX Internet plans, redefining a new generation of Internet and entertainment plans for postpaid customers. With MAX, Zain offers the biggest library of entertainment and sports titles from six regional and global leading streaming partners on the biggest and most powerful 5G network in Kuwait...
Member News
•  Tech Mahindra recognized as the fastest growing brand globally in ‘Brand Value Rank’ by Brand Finance
Member Logo Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, has been recognized as the fastest growing brand in ‘brand value rank’ amongst the top...
•  Nokia, NOW Telecom and USTDA accelerate 5G development in the Philippines
Member Logo Nokia has announced that NOW Telecom has selected Bell Labs Consulting, part of Nokia to create a nationwide network design for 5G Standalone (SA) and design and planning for a national broadband network. As part of the...
Recent Developments
•  Ivanhoe Mines and SES to continue deploying low-latency satellite connectivity in Africa
•  e& enterprise recognised as a leader by IDC in business and industrial IoT
•  stc Group to Continue Chairmanship of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council
•  Zain ‘Best Telecom Company’ and ‘Best Digital Transformation Telecom Company’ in Kuwait 2022
Policy and Regulation
North Star gets TRA permit for IoT services
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a permit for North Star Company to provide Internet of Things services...
78 more locations approved for 3.5GHz 5G connectivity in Brazil
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that a further 78 towns have been approved to utilise the 3.5GHz band for 5G services from 25 January 2023...
South Asia
JETRO keen to work with ICT Division for flourishing innovations and startups
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is keen to collaborate with the ICT Division to explore opportunities from Japanese IT sector and provide support to local startup ‍aimed at building Smart Bangladesh...
Dialog launches new data plans
Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Limited has announced the launch of two new Home Broadband Prepaid plans in line with the company’s vision of delivering affordable and accessible world-class internet services to all...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Czech Prima outlines streaming plans
Aimed at the whole family, it will offer, in addition to TV pre-premieres, thousands of film and series titles and exclusive products under the prima+ ORIGINALS label...
Australian Open streaming serves ace for Warner Bros. Discovery Europe
Exclusive week one coverage of the Australian Open 2023 has resulted strong year-on-year audience growth in Europe for Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (WBDS) on its discovery+ and the Eurosport App streaming platforms...
Global Telecom Update
DE-CIX reports 48 exabytes of data traffic at its internet exchanges in 2022
Internet exchange (IX) operator DE-CIX says that more than 48 exabytes (EB) of data were exchanged via the company’s IXs worldwide in 2022...
American Tower Corporation expands solar energy support for fiber
American Tower Corporation a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, says it plans to expand its solar energy park in order to support the sustainable expansion of its...
AWS plans data center expansions in Virginia
Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest US$35 billion by 2040 to establish multiple data center campuses across Virginia...
Middle East
SNB partners with Mastercard and Saudi Esports Federation to transform esports in the Kingdom
Saudi National Bank announced a strategic partnership agreement with Mastercard and the Saudi Esports Federation (SEF) during the SEF Awards to accelerate Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation and enhance its gaming...
Masdar City names Hub71 start-up ecosystem partner
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community and innovation hub, has boosted ties with Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, to promote clean tech and climate tech start-ups focused on...
Ooredoo Kuwait to upgrade billing system
The upgrade offers Ooredoo Kuwait a low-risk, high-reward way to collect and secure revenue streams and capitalize on business possibilities in both traditional telecommunication and digital services, such as 5G and Internet...
North Africa
Moroccan logistics startup Cathedis raises $735,000
Cathedis, a Moroccan startup specialising in delivery and e-logistics, announces the completion of a new financing cycle: a “pre-series A” fundraising of 5 MDH from Afrimobility, a Venture Capital from AKWA...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Xl Axiata delivers 4G to 75% of Kalimantan
XL Axiata hailed its deployment on the island province of Kalimantan in Borneo, where it increased base station presence by 1,100 sites (42% year-on-year), with coverage now reaching 75% of the location...x
Vodafone UK announces 5G SA trial for selected customers
Vodafone said that 5G SA trial will be initially for customers in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Bath, Glasgow and Birmingham...
WOM installs first rural site
Chilean full-service provider WOM has completed the installation of the first of the rural 4G/5G sites it committed to deploying as part of its bid for 700MHz spectrum in 2021...
Satellite & Internet
Viasat awarded satellite communications managed services contract by USMC
Viasat announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide end-to-end satellite communications (SATCOM) support through a fully managed service to the United States Marine Corps (USMC)...
Phase 3 targets expansive digital infrastructure
Phase 3, one of Africa’s leading independent aerial fiber optic network infrastructure and telecommunications service providers, has said its 2023 drive will focus on targeting an expansive future for its digital...
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