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August 2, 2022
Featured Member News
SES Brings Global Content Connectivity Aspirations and Expertise to the SAMENA Council Membership
SAMENA Telecommunications council has announced that SES, with its extensive geostationary and non-geostationary satellite footprint around the world, has joined leading satellite service providers that a part of the SAMENA Council's membership. As a trusted partner to governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators, content owners, and the world’s leading telecommunications companies, including those that are members of the Council...
Member News
•  Zain awarded prestigious World Finance ‘Best Corporate Governance Award 2022’ in Kuwait for 2nd consecutive year
Member Logo Zain Group, a leading telecom innovator in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, listed on the Boursa Kuwait, announces it has won the World Finance ‘Best Corporate Governance Award 2022’ for Kuwait...
•  Tech Mahindra announces strategic partnership with Soroco to establish a large task mining Center of Excellence
Member Logo The partnership will establish a state-of-the-art CoE (Center of Excellence) to deliver an accelerated transformation program for business process management, managed services backed by intelligent automation process and...
Policy and Regulation
PTA directs telecom companies to provide free calls in flood affected areas of Balochistan
Following the devastating floods in Balochistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed service providers to facilitate their customers by providing free of charge services in the calamity-hit areas...
ANCOM reports significant rise in average broadband download speeds
Fixed broadband connections recorded average download speeds of 259.8Mbps in Romania in 2021, an increase of almost 40% compared to 2020, and average upload speeds rose by approximately 60% to 179.1Mbps...
Middle East
Ooredoo Kuwait upgrades home broadband with FTTR
The new FTTR solution, launched in cooperation with Huawei, underwent three months of technical tests in several locations...
American AI firm sets up base in Ras Al Khaimah
Falcons.AI, an American company which provides software programmes and consultation services driven by artificial intelligence (AI), has set up a base in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), a leading industrial hub in the...
Shahid nearly doubles telecommunications operator ties in one year
Shahid has strengthened its distribution through MENA telco partners jumping from 17 to over 30 partnerships in just one year...
South Asia
Tier 3 internet data centre launched in Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City
The data centre is linked to a redundant fiber-optic network that spans Bangladesh, with over 650 network nodes...
STZA teams up with China’s SEDA to boost Pakistan’s tech sector
Shenyang Economic and Technological Development Area (SEDA) of China and the Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA) of Pakistan have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to boost technology sector cooperation between the two...
Content & Immersive Technologies
SVOD grows in Czech Republic
Furthermore, according to an Atmedia index survey, this is expected to rise to 42% next year, with 4% of Czechs saying they plan to start using them within the next 12 months...
LootMogul brings sports into the metaverse through its player-focused platform
LootMogul has already partnered with over 171 names from the NBA, NFL and WNBA, some of which include Carlos Boozer, Lisa Leslie and legendary basketball player/coach Michael Cooper...
North Africa
Algérie Telecom launches its "Virtual Store"
Algérie Télécom announced the launch of its "Virtual Store", a space allowing customers to access a range of AT offers and services online, which prevents them from going out to commercial agencies...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
SaskTel investing $10mn to upgrade wireless network and increase 4G LTE data capacity in 30 rural communities
SaskTel announced that it is investing approximately US$10 million to install Samsung radio access network (RAN) equipment and significantly improve the 4G LTE data capacity of its wireless network serving 30 rural...
O2 Telefónica builds private 5G SA network for Technical University of Munich
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now conducting research on concrete applications via a 5G campus network set up by O2 Telefónica...
Satellite & Internet
Province invests in satellite internet
The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program announced that it will cover the cost of installing satellite internet equipment for eligible households or businesses...
Liberty Global, Telefonica, InfraVia partner for UK FTTH joint venture
The collaborators will invest approximately £4.5 billion (US$5.51 billion) in the venture, which will target up to 7 million premises passed with FTTP...
Global Telecom Update
Singtel pumps $US100 million into start-up investment arm Innov8
Innov8 has already invested in over 95 start-ups since its creation in 2010, including four ‘unicorns’ that have been valued at over a billion dollars...
Vodafone ploughs US$25 million into Fijian network upgrade
The company in investing in its network infrastructure with areas targeted including eBanking services for those without traditional banking services, eTransport, eCommerce, education/health care services, and Internet of...
Sigfox South Africa launches on former SqwidNet-managed network
Sigfox South Africa, calls this the next step in enabling the transformational power of Massive Internet of Things (IoT) technologies across the African continent to drive innovation and foster inclusive economic growth and...
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