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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
March 1, 2024
Featured Member News
CMI and stc Group partner to modernize IoT aggregation
China Mobile International Limited (CMI) has forged an alliance with stc Group, a global leader in digital transformation, to advance the deployment and implementation of IoT connectivity services for businesses in the region...
e& pledges US$6 billion to advance connectivity in 16 countries
In an announcement at Mobile World Congress (MWC), e& has pledged to invest US$6 billion between 2024-2026 in technological advancement, infrastructure development, and innovative digital solutions to extend meaningful connectivity to everyone...
Member News
•  stc Group raises the bar at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Member Logo stc Group, a global leader in digital transformation, has successfully concluded its sponsorship and participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain...
•  Citymesh selects Nokia Core SaaS to support rollout of nationwide B2B mobile services in Belgium
Member Logo Citymesh has chosen Nokia’s Core Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as part of the Belgian operator’s strategic aim of delivering greater service innovation to its customers, and realizing greater business agility and...
•  Huawei unveils comprehensive suite of intelligent solutions at MWC 2024 to propel industries towards a smarter future
Member Logo During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, Huawei announced a series of groundbreaking intelligent solutions to advance digitalization in various industries in the Middle East and Central Asia...
Recent Developments
•  UNDP and SAMENA Telecommunications Council forge digital alliance to accelerate progress on digital-led sustainable development in the Arab States
•  Omantel leverages its partnership with Google Cloud to offer predictive analysis, API monetization to businesses and the first in META Google Distributed Cloud Edge solution
•  e& and Huawei sign a strategic MoU to build green and energy efficient networks
•  stc Group is the first brownfield operator in Middle East & Africa to award a project for building a 4G/5G Open RAN network
Policy and Regulation
Jordan ranks 35th globally in internet speed— TRC
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) reported that Jordan has seen an increase in its global and Arab ranking in internet speed, reaching 35th globally...
TDRA launches the 7th edition of UAE Hackathon
The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) announced the launch of the 7th edition of the UAE Hackathon, the largest annual event designed to foster innovation and promote entrepreneurship in...
Middle East
Saudi digital economy accounts for 14% of Kingdom’s GDP, new GASTAT analysis reveals
Saudi Arabia’s digital economy contributed 14 percent to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product, according to a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by the General Authority for Statistics...
EGA breaks ground on 'green' industrial data centres
The data centres will improve the resilience of EGA’s computing and will be certified to the Uptime Institute’s Tier III standard, a global benchmark for data centres...
EA Sports announces inaugural Ramadan Tournament for MENA region gamers
EA Sports has announced the launch of the first-ever Ramadan tournament, set to take place during the holy month from March 18 to 29...
South Asia
Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2024: CEO highlights Jazz’s massive footprint in Pakistan
The business growth potential and the financial inclusion focus of JazzCash as presented by CEO Jazz Aamir Ibrahim took centre stage during the Connected Industries discussions at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2024...
SLASSCOM and Sri Lanka France Business Council partner to enhance bilateral cooperation
The MoU encompass initiatives such as fostering joint ventures, facilitating academic exchanges, and bolstering cooperation within the startup ecosystem...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Paramount Global picks up 4.1 million streaming subscribers
Paramount+ increased its subscription revenue by 43% as subscribers, and the overall money received from them, grew...
Rakuten TV strikes deals with telcos and TV platforms across Europe
International streaming operator Rakuten TV has struck multiple deals with telcos and TV providers across Europe...
North Africa
Huawei launches "Pioneer Club" for North Africa's digital transformation
landmark collaboration between Huawei and African operators established the “Northern Africa Digital Intelligence Transformation Pioneer Club,” signaling the dawn of a new era of regional digital transformation...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Smartfren taps Baicells to supply 4G/5G private network solutions
Cellular network infrastructure provider Baicells announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Indonesian telco Smartfren Telecom to supply 4G and 5G network solutions for private networks in Indonesia...
Huawei ushers in the era of intelligent connectivity with 5.5G at MWC 2024
Huawei has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering operators and partners to unlock the full potential of 5.5G at Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, Spain...
Satellite & Internet
Openserve and Intelsat boost their partnership in South Africa
A renewed and expanded deal between Openserve and Intelsat and could signal a major boost for connectivity in South Africa...
Sparkle partners with Algar Telecom and extends its submarine cable assets to Monet
Sparkle and Algar Telecom have signed a partnership whereby Sparkle acquires the right to use the Algar Telecom fiber optic asset on Monet, connecting Brazil to the United States, and becomes Algar Telecom’s long-term...
Global Telecom Update
GSOA and GSMA join forces to boost innovation in satellite & mobile convergence
In a strategic move to boost the telecommunications landscape GSOA and GSMA announced an important cooperation to foster innovation and seamless TN-NTN integration.
AWS strikes AI collaboration deals with Malaysian telcos at MWC 2024
In a move set to redefine Malaysia’s digital landscape, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has forged strategic partnerships with two of the country’s leading telecommunications giants, Maxis and CelcomDigi, at the Mobile...
Fujitsu launches advanced AI applications to simplify 5G+ network challenges
Fujitsu’s AI-powered network applications employ neural network modeling to provide practical network optimization benefits that offer real competitive advantage in today’s 5G market and beyond...
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