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April 17, 2024
Featured Member News
Huawei to demonstrate cybersecurity leadership at GISEC Global 2024
Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, is set to participate in the upcoming GISEC Global 2024. Under the theme "Towards a Trusted, Resilient and Fully Connected Intelligent World," Huawei will demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding organizations and businesses on their digital transformation journey while elevating their cybersecurity and privacy protection capabilities as vital tools for success in the new digital landscape...
Member News
•  SES Shareholders vote at Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting
Member Logo The shareholders voted all resolutions in line with the recommendations from the board of directors, notably the company's 2023 annual accounts and the proposed dividend of EUR 0.50 per A-share, which will be paid to...
•  Nokia and SURF reach 800Gb/s transmission on existing fiber to prepare for massive upgrade to CERN's Large Hadron Collider
Member Logo Nokia and SURF, the collaborative organisation for IT in Dutch education and research, have successfully reached a single carrier 800Gb/s optical transmission over SURF’s existing cross border, multi-vendor research...
Recent Developments
•  Cisco completes acquisition of Isovalent to define the future of multicloud networking and security
•  Eutelsat OneWeb launches trial services with British Antarctic Survey
•  AT&T commitment to help close the digital divide increases to US$5 billion
•  Asyad and Omantel join forces to propel Omani tech startups in the logistics sector
Policy and Regulation
The Communications and Space Technology Commission issues “Earth Observation (EO) Platform Regulations” and “Application for Obtaining a Permit to Provide Earth Observation (EO) Platform Service” document
CST stated that through the issuance of these documents, it aims to grant the first permit in the Space sector in the Kingdom to an entity responsible for establishing and operating an electronic platform for collecting and...
Botswana calls for collective commitment to technology development
Authorities in Botswana have renewed their emphasis on the pivotal role of information, technology, and learning in driving economic success, and have called for cooperation among stakeholders...
North Africa
Egypt’s mobile internet usage up by 74% in Ramadan 2024
Mobile Internet usage increased by the end of Ramadan 2024 to 74 percent within 24 hours, compared to the same period last year, while the usage of landline Internet increased by 29 percent...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodacom Tanzania acquires Smile for US$27.4 million to support 4G and 5G rollout plans
In its public announcement, Vodacom reiterated that the acquisition is a strategic move to strengthen its network infrastructure and provide satisfactory customer service...
Vi to focus on 4G expansion, 5G rollout after FPO
It will also use the proceeds for its 5G services rollout, revenue growth, expansion of enterprise business and to monetise the digital opportunities...
Satellite & Internet
Partnership between UK telecoms operator and Starlink to improve connectivity in remote areas of the UK
In a major move to improve mobile network coverage across the UK’s most remote locations, a leading UK telecommunications company has announced its collaboration with Starlink, the internet satellite constellation run...
Viettel, Singtel plan direct subsea route for Vietnam and Singapore
Viettel Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Viettel Group, announced on Friday that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singtel to collaborate on deploying the first subsea cable directly connecting...
Global Telecom Update
Baidu says AI chatbot 'Ernie Bot' has attracted 200 million users
China's Baidu said its artificial intelligence chatbot “Ernie Bot” has garnered more than 200 million users as it seeks to remain China’s most popular ChatGPT-like chatbot amid increasingly fierce...
Smart warns of rise in SMShing to hijack social media profiles
PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications said that in the first quarter of this year, it has blocked more than 13 million SMShing (a.k.a. “smishing”) messages designed to help criminals take over...
Alibaba Cloud unveils new pricing strategy, service availability
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has announced its new pricing strategy for the international customers with prices reductions of up to 59% on core public cloud products...
Middle East
Qatar leverages tourism, ICT to diversify economy
Qatar has made significant strides in enhancing two critical areas — tourism as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) — since the country’s successful hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup...
Solutions pens US$37.3 million deal with stc
The deal covers the renewal of VMware licenses and providing maintenance and technical support services for three years, according to a bourse...
Microsoft invests US$1.5 billion in UAE’s AI firm G42
The deal will see G42, based in Abu Dhabi, run its AI applications and services on Microsoft Azure and partner to sell more of them to global public sector clients and large enterprises...
Ooredoo partners with Ericsson to unify and transform its charging and rating systems
Ooredoo Oman and Ericsson have partnered to provide Ooredoo’s customers with state-of-the-art Ericsson Charging and Ericsson Mediation systems, providing an upgraded digital customer experience...
Tamkeen launches 2nd phase of CIC Programme
The initiative aims to enhance the cloud computing skills of Bahraini talent and bolster the kingdom’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems...
South Asia
Zindigi and Zong collaborate to elevate digital financial services in Pakistan
This collaboration aims to provide seamless and innovative digital financial solutions, reinforcing the shared vision of both entities to drive financial inclusivity and digital transformation across Pakistan...
Telenor has no plans to exit BD or merge GP with others
Telenors Norwegian CEO Sigve Brekke shared their future plans for business in Bangladesh, compared to other countries in South and South-East Asia, in an interview with and some other media outlets during his recent Dhaka...
Content & Immersive Technologies
ROXi teams up with Pearl TV to roll-out interactive TV channels in US
Music streaming company and channel operator ROXi has joined forces with Pearl TV, a collective of US broadcasting companies, to rollout its interactive TV channels nationwide for the free over-the-air service NextGen TV,...
NBCUniversal launches personalised broadcast experience
NBCUniversal has launched new “personalised broadcast experiences” over the NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) system...
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