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April 3, 2024
Featured Member News
Zain carries out road inspection project for Ministry of Public Works
Zain has presented a project for the inspection of major roads in Kuwait to the Ministry of Public Works. The company has contributed to executing and delivering this project, which represents the first phase of the full inspection and evaluation of the nation’s entire road network...
Member News
•  Cisco hybrid work study reveals companies’ need to modernize offices
Member Logo Cisco at Enterprise Connect unveiled findings from a survey that details how the reality of the in-office experience compares to employee expectations around the globe, and how employers are investing in AI as a...
•  Nokia and Vodafone conduct world’s first trial of L4S technology over an end-to-end PON network
Member Logo Nokia and Vodafone today announced they are collaborating to test the viability of L4S technology over passive optical networks (PON), which could greatly improve the experience of residential customers engaged in everyday...
Policy and Regulation
TDRA develops its services in line with the Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme
In line with the Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme (ZGB), initiated by the UAE Government, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has unveiled the outcomes of the first batch of...
North Africa
Egypt’s Sprints raises US$3 million bridge round to scale AI-powered ed-tech platform
The startup delivers world-class, agile-based learning journeys that empower organisations to build top-notch tech teams in all tracks, including AI, data science, mobile, web, IoT, cloud computing and cybersecurity...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Santos, Telikom PNG sign co-location agreement on 4G LTE
Santos has entered a 10-year partnership with Telikom PNG in developing an evolving telecommunications landscape in the LNG and Santos project facilities and communities...
Shanghai reaches 92,000 5G base stations at end-February
Chinese operators have already deployed 92,000 5G base stations in China’s financial hub Shanghai has a 92,000 5G base stations as of the end of February...
Satellite & Internet
Portugal's MEO joins forces with iBASIS for enhanced global voice & mobile services
iBASIS and MEO renew and expand their partnership, now including international outbound SMS and 5G mobile services, with iBASIS opening an IPX Point of Presence in MEO's data center for enhanced global connectivity...
Time dotCom gives everyone a free broadband speed boost
Malaysian broadband operator Time dotCom announed that it has started upgrading its existing Time Fibre Home customers with a permanent speed boost of at least 200 Mbps that it says will deliver a better online experience...
Global Telecom Update
HK Electric deploys Hutchison HK's 5G 'Smart Inspector' robotic solution
The solution utilises high-speed and low-latency 5G technology to comprehensively enhance patrolling efficiency in an enclosed tunnel area, further demonstrating a real-life scenario of the 5G robotic solution application...
Quectel debuts advanced 5G and GNSS antennas for IoT enhancements
Alongside 5G antennas, Quectel has unveiled high-performing GNSS antennas, enhancing positioning and navigation capabilities for IoT devices...
Smart deploys AI in base stations to lower energy usage
PLDT’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications revealed that it has deployed an AI-powered 'green radio' network solution in all its base station sites that has enabled it to reduce energy consumption and CO2...
Middle East
Informatica launches KSA’s first AI-powered IDMC
Informatica has launched its AI-powered Intelligent Data Management Cloud (IDMC) in Saudi Arabia, a first for the kingdom...
Kazakhstan, UAE to Collaborate in Digital Solutions, AI for Financial Sector
The UAE’s expertise in digital banking and AI technologies in the financial sector is expected to enhance the efficiency of digital financial services and bolster the financial ecosystem’s cyber resilience...
Bahrain: Tamkeen offers IBAN verification in tie-up with Tarabut
In line with its commitment to harnessing operational innovations and enhancing productivity and development through partnerships with the private sector, Tamkeen became the first governmental entity to collaborate with...
Applications open in Jordan for Visa Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation competition for fintech startups
Applications are now open in Jordan for the 2024 edition of the Visa Everywhere Initiative (VEI), a global fintech startup competition offering equity-free funding and access to Visa's extensive network, with a Levant...
Khedmah propels digital transformation in Oman with the launch of ‘Khedmah Pay’ e-wallet
Oman Investment & Finance Co. (Khedmah), a payments and collections service in the Sultanate of Oman, has launched its innovative e-wallet, Khedmah Pay...
South Asia
Zindigi and Zong collaborate to elevate digital financial services in Pakistan
This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Pakistan's digital financial services transformation, bringing the country closer to a fully inclusive financial ecosystem that caters to consumer needs...
BTRC, Sisimpur join forces to promote child internet safety
To foster a safer online environment for children, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has partnered with Sesame Workshop Bangladesh (SWB), the creators of the renowned children's educational...
Content & Immersive Technologies
HBO Max to launch on Movistar+ ahead of Max debut
Warner Bros. Discovery has struck a deal with Telefónica’s Movistar+ to bring HBO Max to the telco’s pay TV customers in Spain...
Talpa Network’s SBS9 channel to rebrand as Viaplay TV
Viaplay and Talpa network have struck a partnership that will see Talpa’s SBS9 linear TV channel rebranded as Viaplay TV...
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