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September 20, 2023
Featured Member News
sirar by stc Ranked 1st in MENA in the MSSP for 2023
sirar by stc, the cutting-edge cybersecurity provider and one of the stc group subsidiaries, an engine of digital transformation in the region, has been ranked 1st in the Middle East and North Africa and the 11th position globally in MSSP Alert's Top 250 Managed Security Service Providers for 2023 list...
Member News
•  AT&T and Pinoleville Pomo Nation celebrate opening of new connected learning center to help bridge the digital divide
Member Logo AT&T’s continued investment in broadband infrastructure speaks to our commitment to narrow the digital divide...
•  Zain Innovation Campus hosts bootcamp of regional TV show Beban
Member Logo The bootcamp, which runs for two weeks at ZINC, offers invaluable training material presented by industry experts, and covers a wide range of topics that are key to any aspiring business owner, like understanding funding...
•  Nokia launches AVA Data Suite to run on Google Cloud to facilitate AI/ML development
Member Logo Nokia introduced its AVA Data Suite, designed to run on Google Cloud, to help communication service providers (CSPs) standardize data and facilitate the development of AI/ML software applications...
Policy and Regulation
Digital technologies directly benefit 70 per cent of SDG targets, say ITU, UNDP and partners
More than two-thirds of the UN's targets for sustainable development can benefit directly from digital technologies, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Development...
Brazil’s Anatel calls for simplification and reduction of telecoms taxation
Brazilian regulator Anatel's board of directors has approved a survey that addresses the very high payments made to the public purse by the telecommunications sector...
South Asia
Dialog enables 5G for Apple iPhone for first time in Sri Lanka
Dialog Axiata PLC has achieved a 5G milestone in the country by becoming the first to extend 5G connectivity to Apple iPhone users through its 5G Trial Network...
IT exports in Pakistan rise by 10% MoM
Pakistan’s Information Technology (IT) exports for August 2023 have amounted to $235 million, marking a significant 10% increase on a month-on-month (MoM) basis...
Content & Immersive Technologies
LG launches version 3.0 of streaming service
Anticipating worldwide viewership of its exclusive, free streaming service is set to grow further, LG Electronics (LG) is introducing an enhancement to LG Channels, featuring a new UI with what is said to be improved...
Paramount+ to debut in Japan via J:COM and WOWOW
Paramount Global’s streaming service Paramount+ will launch in Japan in partnership with local cable provider J:COM and pay TV operator WOWOW, before the end of this year...
Global Telecom Update
Generative AI to enhance creativity, automate routine tasks for future jobs: WEF
Large language models (LLMs) have the most potential to benefit jobs that involve critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills, according to a new World Economic Forum white paper...
Tmcel reports progress on network upgrade project
Mocambique Telecom (Tmcel) is more than halfway through the second phase of its network expansion and modernisation project which it launched early last year...
Jio, IOH eyes gen AI potential
Chief executives from Jio and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) agreed generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) will be a key technology for service providers to tap into for growth ambitions, betting it will not be another...
Middle East
Cloud’s contribution to Kuwait economy could reach US$16.8 billion by 2033
Amazon Web Services commissioned a new report quantifying the relationship between cloud computing adoption, national productivity, and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region...
Opaz launches Omap Platform
This platform enables users to access detailed services and information about the zones through the available digital maps and tools...
Batelco chooses SubCom to build Al Khaleej cable
SubCom will manufacture and install the Al Khaleej cable, which will be 100% owned and operated by Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, and will, says SubCom, significantly enhance the data exchange capabilities of the Kingdom...
Siemens signs deals to boost digitalisation in KSA
Siemens announced a series of agreements with Saudi Arabian businesses and institutions at the Digital Industries Technology Day in Riyadh recently, emphasising a shared commitment to accelerating digitalisation and...
North Africa
eAswaq, Egypt’s IMC pen cooperation protocol to encourage local industry
eAswaq Misr, the e-commerce subsidiary of e-Finance Investment Group, has signed a cooperation protocol with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) to encourage local industry and boost exports...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Angola expects 48% 4G coverage this year, 85% by 2027
Angola’s National Director of Telecommunications & IT Matias Borges has told a telecoms forum that the government expects Angolan mobile network operators to jointly achieve 48% 4G LTE population coverage at the end of...
Jio launches 5G FWA service in eight cities
Reliance Jio introduced a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in eight cities in India, claiming the technology using its 5G network overcomes last-mile connectivity constraints, with the potential to connect every home and...
Satellite & Internet
AST SpaceMobile makes first 5G call via satellite
AST SpaceMobile has followed up their earlier achievements in two-way 4G calling by harnessing their prototype BlueWalker 3 satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to make the first space-based 5G internet voice call using a...
Gambia bags US$30 million funding for second submarine link
Gambia’s minister for Communication and Digital Economy has confirmed that the country has secured funding for a second submarine cable, as part of the WADI project funded by the World Bank...
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