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April 4, 2024
Featured Member News
Asyad and Omantel join forces to propel Omani tech startups in the logistics sector
Asyad Group, Oman’s global integrated logistics provider, and Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in Oman, partnered to launch an innovative accelerator program aimed at empowering local tech startups in the logistics industry...
Arab Advisors Group announces its “5G Summit 2024” in sponsorship with Umniah
After its success achieved in its 5G Summit in 2023, Arab Advisors Group, the Arab region’s leading independent market research, analysis, and consulting company, announces the date for launching the “5G Summit 2024” in Amman, Jordan, on June 4, 2024...
Member News
•  Zain awards winners of Alshaheed Park Ramadan Challenge
Member Logo After 9 thrilling days, Zain awarded the winners of its third Alshaheed Park Ramadan Challenge that came in strategic partnership with Suffix Events...
•  Resolutions of Nokia Corporation’s Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors’ Assembly Meeting
Member Logo The AGM adopted the Company’s financial statements, discharged the members of the Board and the President and Chief Executive Officer from liability for the financial year 2023 and adopted the Company’s...
Recent Developments
•  Zain carries out road inspection project for Ministry of Public Works
•  AT&T declares dividends on common and preferred shares
•  Omantel Annual General Assembly approves cash dividend of 55 Baisas per share
•  stc Group celebrates the Inaugural Saudi Green Initiative Day
Policy and Regulation
Law ratified on key telecom office in Bahrain
The law ratified the agreement between Bahrain and the GCC regarding the headquarters of the Technical Telecommunications Office in Bahrain, following the approval of the Shura Council and Parliament...
Malaysia considers licence payment change
Malaysia’s communications watchdog opened a public consultation to review its licensing process and refocus how payment for licences will be made...
North Africa
Egypt to host first-ever DSC MENA 24 AI conference in April
The conference will be held from 18 to 20 April by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Egypt University of Informatics (EUI) in collaboration with events organizer Ntervento...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Global 5G data traffic to reach 2.6 billion TB by 2028
The technology saw the new addition of 700 million subscribers in a single year bolstering the ever-growing growth of the fifth-generation cellular standard...
KPN to shutdown 2G network in Netherlands by December 2025
This decision is designed to bolster the efficacy and speed of the company’s more contemporary 4G and 5G networks...
Satellite & Internet
Kacific broadband aims to address El Nido’s connectivity issues
Kacific Broadband Satellites recently undertook a visit to El Nido, aiming to address the pressing issue of inadequate and inconsistent internet access plaguing this renowned tourist hotspot...
Open Fiber deploys Intracom Telecom's FWA platform
Open Fiber is working together with Intracom Telecom for the achievement of the EU Gigabit society target supported by relevant European initiatives...
Global Telecom Update
One New Zealand launches new digital wallet 'One Wallet'
One Wallet enables customers to redeem One Wallet Dollars to reduce the cost of their next new phone on an interest free term...
Hutch provides network for Hongkong Electric’s 5G robot
The 5G robot is part of the Hong Kong Office of the Communications Authority’s efforts to encourage and support early deployment of 5G services...
Virgin Media O2 to supply Government with anonymised data about how its network is being used
Virgin Media O2 Business is to provide the Office for National Statistics (ONS) with anonymised data about population dynamics, travel patterns, and other movement trends...
Middle East
Virgin Mobile UAE and UAE PASS launch the UAEs first 100% digital eSIM onboarding journey
In a market first for the UAE, Virgin Mobile UAE has integrated the UAE PASS into their App based eSIM onboarding journey, eliminating the need for customers to visit to a physical store or order a physical SIM for...
US$82.5 million spent on digital games in Jordan
The spending was diversified across different categories, with approximately US$17 million allocated to the purchase of paid games and US$7.3 million dedicated to live in-game purchases...
SITE in deal with AhnLab to set up Saudi cybersecurity JV
The deal inked through its subsidiary SITE Ventures will see the partners join forces under a newly created venture to localise an array of cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies to serve the national and regional markets...
AUS team develops blockchain system to improve CCT market
An American University of Sharjah (AUS) research team has filed a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a blockchain system they developed to improve the carbon credits trading (CCT)...
Arab Advisors Group announces its “5G Summit 2024” in sponsorship with Umniah
After its success achieved in its 5G Summit in 2023, Arab Advisors Group, the Arab region’s leading independent market research, analysis, and consulting company, announces the date for launching the “5G Summit...
South Asia
Commercial operations of BSCL-TRP services has been Inaugurated
Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) has commercially launched its Television Rating Point (TRP) service, with collaboration from universities, marking a significant achievement in government-private sector...
NTC to provide internet services in High Courts, District Courts
Nepal Telecom (NTC) will now provide various telecommunication services in High Courts and District Courts including dedicated FTTH internet and intranet services...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Vereinigte Stadtwerke to launch TV service with Zattoo
The German company has partnered with Zattoo to launch the white-label end-to-end TV service VS Media IPTV...
ITVX gains 896m streams during record quarter
ITV‘s streaming platform, ITVX, earned 896 million streams during the first quarter, representing a 12% increase on Q1 the previous year, according to the UK public broadcaster...
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