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April 22, 2024
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Minister of Communications and Information visits innovative telecom leader Salam
Salam, acclaimed as the fastest-growing and most innovative Saudi telecommunications brand at the 2023 Global Brands Awards, had the distinct honor of welcoming His Excellency Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, at its headquarters in Riyadh. This visit underscored the Minister's commitment to fostering collaboration within the telecom sector...
Dialog Axiata to buy Bharti Airtel's telecom operations in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan telecom operator Dialog Axiata has signed a definitive agreement to buy Bharti Airtel's operations in the island nation, the companies said, nearly a year after the merger was announced...
Member News
•  Omantel board approves the allocation of R.O 150,000 to support families affected by Al Mateer depression
Member Logo As part of its efforts and social responsibility strategy, the Board of Directors of Oman Telecommunications Company "Omantel" has decided to donate R.O 150,000 to help families affected by the "AlMateer" depression that hit...
•  Huawei ‘Imagine Wi-Fi 7’ Innovative Application Contest launched in partnership with KSU
Member Logo Recognizing the critical role of Wi-Fi in shaping the future, the King Saud University (KSU) and Huawei have joined forces to launch the groundbreaking Huawei ‘Imagine Wi-Fi 7’ Innovative Application Contest....
Recent Developments
•  e& Carrier & Wholesale launches Roaming-as-a-Service for mobile operators and IoT providers to provide off-net connectivity
•  Arab Advisors Group announces its regional 5G Summit 2024 under the support of associations and governmental entities
•  Huawei to demonstrate cybersecurity leadership at GISEC Global 2024
•  Alibaba Cloud unveils new pricing strategy, service availability
Policy and Regulation
Philippine government launches Phase 1 of National Fiber Backbone
The Philippine government launched the first phase of its National Fiber Backbone (NFB) project, which it says will boost the country’s economy as well as its digital ambitions...
South Asia
Dialog Axiata to buy Bharti Airtel's telecom operations in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan telecom operator Dialog Axiata has signed a definitive agreement to buy Bharti Airtel's operations in the island nation, the companies said, nearly a year after the merger was announced...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone 4G goes live in 200th rural location
A mast in Combe, West Berkshire became the 200th site to go live, providing residents, businesses and visitors with fast and reliable data speeds, as well as quality voice calls...
Plans to install new 25-metre tall 5G towers near Bridgwater
New 5G towers reaching heights of 25-metres tall could be built in two villages near Bridgwater as plans have been submitted to Somerset Council...
Satellite & Internet
AMN activates Starlink cellular backhaul connectivity in Nigeria
Africa Mobile Networks Group (AMN) announced that its first of its base stations in Nigeria to connect to SpaceX’s Starlink constellation is now live and using the LEO satellite network for backhaul connectivity...
Nexfibre reaches million premises ready for service benchmark
Months after commitment to billion-pound investment in broadband infrastructure across the course of 2024, UK wholesale provider claims massive milestone in plan to deliver full-fiber gigabit network to five million premises...
Global Telecom Update
Oracle plans big cloud infrastructure expansion in Japan
Oracle plans to invest more than US$8 billion over the next 10 years to meet the growing demand for cloud computing and AI infrastructure in Japan...
BT partners on SMB CO2 reduction initiative
To mark Earth Day, BT has announced a new partnership with the UK Business Climate Hub (UKBCH) to help UK SMBs halve their CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050...
SKT releases real-time translation service for hot spots
The service, dubbed TransTalker, supports Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish, among others. More languages will be added in the future depending on user demand...
Middle East
Virgin Mobile Saudi partners with Hitek to develop smart cities in Kingdom
With smart cities relying heavily on connectivity, Virgin Mobile Saudi, in conjunction with local providers, will be responsible for advanced telecommunications solutions, including 5G networks, digital services and...
SIRC and SAP extend partnership with new deployment
The Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC), owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has successfully deployed solutions from global technology company SAP that will modernize its business processes.
Record e-transfers reflect booming digital revolution in Bahrain
A digital revolution is quietly blossoming in the kingdom with the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) reporting strong activity in its core payment systems last year, highlighting the growing adoption of electronic and real-time...
Zajil Telecom signs a strategic partnership with Iraqi Informatics & Telecommunication Public Company
Zajil Telecom and Iraqi Informatics & Telecommunication Public Company (ITPC) signed a strategic agreement establishing "Kalaam Iraq Transit," offering a terrestrial alternative route from the GCC to Europe via Iraq,...
IEC Telecom to highlight satcom’s humanitarian role at DIHAD
IEC Telecom has announced its participation in the upcoming Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) 2024...
North Africa
Waffarha secures seven-figure Seed round from VMS
Saudi Venture Studio (VMS) invests in, Egypt's leading group-buying platform, facilitating its expansion into Saudi Arabia and enhancing marketing efforts to establish itself as a premier destination for...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Vantiva passes 22 million Android TV milestone
TV technology outfit Vantiva has passed the milestone of selling 22 million Android TV set-top boxes, fortifying its 25% share of the Android TV market (according to the latest Omdia STB 3Q23 report)...
TV3 migrates from on-prem servers to AWS Cloud with Redge
Redge Technologies has worked with TV3 to transition the Baltic broadcaster from on-premises servers to AWS Cloud...
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