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May 25, 2023
Featured Member News
inspireU from stc enables over 90 startups that succeeded in getting total investments of more than SAR 700 million
stc Group, an engine of digital transformation in the region, announces that inspireU’s enablement to more than 90 startups since inception resulted in more than SAR 700 million of total investment gathered by Saudi entrepreneurs...
MTCIT holds first forum on government digital transformation
Deliberations of the first edition of the Government Digital Transformation Forum began at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre with the participation of ten government units...
Member News
•  Raytheon Technologies and Vista bring LuxStream Unlimited Data plan to customers
Member Logo Using Collins’ LuxStream, which runs exclusively on the SES’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) network, Vista customers can now enjoy fast, reliable, unlimited internet access for the duration of their flights...
•  New apps, new data, and new resilience: Huawei proposes ways of evolving storage in the Yottabyte era
Member Logo At the forum, Huawei delved into a host of different topics, such as embracing the emerging application ecosystem, efficiently handling masses of unstructured data, and comprehensively improving data resilience, in order to...
Recent Developments
•  Zain Omantel International to revolutionize the telecommunications landscape
•  e& international and Circles form a joint venture to provide best-in-class digital telco experiences
•  center3, owned by stc group and Alcatel Submarine Networks to connect Saudi Arabia with Europe by building the EMC West subsea and terrestrial data cables
•  Eutelsat releases third quarter and nine month 2022-23 revenues
Policy and Regulation
Anatel approves a further 459 municipalities for 3.5GHz 5G
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency has confirmed that 3.5GHz licensees are able to activate 5G services in a further 459 municipalities from Tuesday 30 May, as per the recommendations of the Group for the...
MTCIT holds first forum on government digital transformation
Deliberations of the first edition of the Government Digital Transformation Forum began at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre with the participation of ten government units...
South Asia
Dialog successfully trials Wi-Fi 6 powered by 5G via drones for the first time in Sri Lanka
Dialog Axiata successfully completed a ground-breaking trial of Wi-Fi 6/5G technology on drones, marking a national first and unlocking new possibilities for enhanced connectivity across various industries...
69 percent Bangladeshis believe mobile device and technology positively impacts their career and skills development
The study was conducted among 8000 mobile internet users across Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Viaplay reinforces Polish presence
Viaplay Group has forged a long-term distribution partnership with Polish telco Play, which incorporates the Viaplay streaming service as a hard bundle in Play's TV packages, marking a significant step in strengthening...
Tele Columbus selects Nagra for next-gen hybrid Android TV service
German operator Tele Columbus has selected Kudelski Group’s Nagra as its solution provider and prime integrator to launch its new hybrid cable and multiscreen solution, Pyur TV...
Global Telecom Update
Ukrainian operators team up with Microsoft
Ukraine’s Starlight Media and Kyivstar have partnered with Microsoft to create a new data-centric product for working with analytics and digital content...
Korea’s Kakao targets mobile infrastructure biz for Saudi tourism
Kakao Corp., South Korea’s mobile platform giant, targets the mobile infrastructure industry for Saudi Arabian tourism to expand its business into the global market...
ARF-IX and Catchpoint aim to enhance internet stack visibility across Africa
Catchpoint, whose platform provides observability into the internet stack for its customers, and AFR-IX Telecom, one of Africa’s largest internet and data service providers, have united to improve the quality and...
Middle East
Saudi’s PIF backs regional data centre development plan
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is to be an investor in a new partnership managed by DigitalBridge Group, a global asset manager dedicated to investing in the next generation of mobile and internet...
Quickplay teams up with Google Cloud to boost Middle East streaming
Quickplay has joined forces with Google Cloud to create new digital opportunities for content providers, streaming providers and broadcasters in the Middle East...
Vodafone immerses visitors into a world of innovations at COMEX 2023
Taking centre-stage this year is a first of its kind simulator IVR that offers an interactive multi-sensory virtual reality experience entirely designed and manufactured in Oman by Innovation Factory...
Bahrain 'ranks 7th on the Speedtest Global Index' for April
Bahrain has been ranked 7th on the Speedtest Global Index for April 2023 showcasing its commitment to providing exceptional mobile and fixed broadband speeds to its community, report said...
North Africa
Egypt to host largest ICT event in Sharm El-Sheikh, with participation of over 70 countries
Since 2000, GSR has been the meeting point for ICT regulatory authorities’ heads from around the whole world, and has also gained fame as a global event held annually where regulators can meet to exchange views and...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
CelcomDigi outlines network plans for 4G expansion
Malaysian telco CelcomDigi has outlined a three-year network integration plan designed to ramp up its 4G coverage.
Magyar Telekom raises 5G population coverage to 60%
Hungary’s Magyar Telekom has announced that its 5G network population coverage is being increased to 60% (outdoor), effective 1 June 2023 when its 5G mobile services will be available across several regions...
Satellite & Internet
Starlink bags Guatemalan licence and launches services in Panama
Starlink continues to boost its presence in Latin America, launching connectivity in Panama and confirming that it has received an operating licence in Guatemala...
Frontier expects to decommission copper network in three-to-five years’ time
Frontier Communications does not expect to decommission its legacy copper networks for three-to-five years, CEO Nick Jeffery revealed during an investor conference recently...
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