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September 18, 2023
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Oman Broadband’s CEO: Adhering to ISO standards is a transformative step towards long-term success
Oman Broadband company has obtained international recognition from International Organization For Standardization by receiving three ISO certifications, through which it approves the accomplishment of a comprehensive management system...
Member News
•  Zain supports academic forums and highlights role of digital transformation and emerging technologies
Member Logo The anticipated event is set to feature a group of inspiring speakers and notable experts from local, regional, and international levels, covering key topics like digital transformation, emerging technologies, and diversity...
•  e& receives prestigious Tier 4 certification from World Teleport Association
Member Logo e& has been awarded Tier 4 certification for its Tawi al Saman teleport in Sharjah and Jebel Ali teleport in Dubai, under the World Teleport Association's (WTA) Teleport Certification Programme...
Policy and Regulation
Broadband Commission urges collaborative action to accelerate connectivity and progress on Sustainable Development Goals
​​​​The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development called for a joint global effort to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity by 2030 at its annual Fall Meeting held today at UN...
Hungarian government confirms telecom tax reforms in MoU with Magyar Telekom
The government of Hungary and leading operator Magyar Telekom had signed a memorandum of understanding confirming their long-term cooperation for the digital transformation of Hungary...
South Asia
BTRC reshuffles mobile data plans
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) reshuffled the existing mobile data plans to ensure customers' benefits from the packages...
Fonepay & NIPL set to offer payment solutions between Nepal and India
Fest 2023. This collaboration between Fonepay and NIPL will empower citizens of both nations, to make instant payments securely and conveniently through QR codes across various stores by using the mobile application...
Content & Immersive Technologies
UK PSBs launch free TV streaming service Freely for next year
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have backed the creation of Freely, a free TV service set to launch next year in the UK that will allow viewers to watch live TV over broadband...
wedotv goes FAST in Italy through Eutelsat’s Hotbird
Looking to extend its reach across a key country, wedotv is expanding its distribution strategy to include satellite platforms with the launch of a new FAST channel platform for audiences in Italy...
Global Telecom Update
MTN partners with Eseye to improve IoT capabilities in Africa
The partnership will see Eseye's IoT solutions deployed in South Africa, with the aim of expanding the solution to 18 MTN operating companies across Africa...
Microsoft to host Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database services
Microsoft Azure data centers will host Oracle database services running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), as a result of which customers will have the choice to deploy their Azure services with their fully managed Oracle...
UN Digital event mobilizes global leadership and US$400 million to support digital public infrastructure
As part of the SDG Action Weekend led by the United Nations, countries, leaders, philanthropies and multilateral organizations pledged their support to build a safe and inclusive digital public infrastructure (DPI) for 100...
Middle East
At 100%, Bahrain has highest internet penetration rate
Bahrain has the highest internet penetration rate in the world, with 100% of its population connected to the worldwide web...
Ooredoo Qatar deploys world's first 50G PON connectivity
Ooredoo Qatar has become the first operator in the world to deploy 50GPON connectivity, providing customers with access to 50 Gbps-capable fibre-based connectivity...
Orange Jordan launches “Subscribe & win with 5G”
The “Subscribe & Win with 5G” comes just in time after Orange Jordan launched its 5G services with remarkable speed and low latency, added Al Dawoud...
Zain KSA-Pioneers Systems in deal to develop IoT solutions
Zain KSA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Pioneers Systems to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, localise manufacture of specialised products, and support indigenous capabilities to achieve...
North Africa
Esri NA signs deal to provide Egypt with GIS programs
Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed an agreement with the geographic information system (GIS) software firm Esri North Africa (Esri NA) to provide the latter’s latest GIS programs...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
BT firms up 3G sunset plan after successful pilot
BT Group outlined an ambition to complete the switch-off of EE’s 3G network by March 2024, as its chief networks officer Greg Mccall revealed discontinuing the service in a trial area had yielded no customer complaints...
WINDTRE ups 5G TDD coverage to 70%
Italian fixed and mobile operator WINDTRE has expanded its TDD 5G network to cover 70% of the country’s population. Its 5G FDD network coverage remains at 95.9%...
Satellite & Internet
SpaceX inks 14-launch deal to loft Telesat's 'Lightspeed' internet constellation
The Lightspeed constellation will be populated by around 198 satellites built by international space company MDA, which Telesat ordered in August 2023, Space News reported...
Deutsche Glasfaser and NetCologne conclude fiber-optic cooperation
German telecoms operators Deutsche Glasfaser and NetCologne have concluded the open access fiber-optic network cooperation agreement that was first announced back in May...
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