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August 3, 2022
Featured Member News
etisalat by e& conducts first 6GHz test in MENA region enabling the 5G evolution and next generation of devices and technologies
Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat by e&, announced the successful completion of its first trial of the 6GHz spectrum, creating history by taking this monumental step for the future of 5G, opening up a world of possibilities for next-generation technologies and economies of the future...
Member News
•  stc’s revenues for Q2 and first half of 2022 compared to the comparable quarter and first half of last year increased by 6.54% & 7.39% respectively
Member Logo Revenues for the 2nd quarter reached SAR 16,939m with an increase of 6.54% compared to the corresponding quarter last year. For the first half of 2022, the revenues reached SAR 33,930m an increase of 7.39%...
•  SES closes US$450 million acquisition of DRS’ satellite communications business
Member Logo Communications satellite operator SES announced that it has completed the acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions, a business acquired from Leonardo DRS for US$450 million...
•  Cisco reveals top cybersecurity threats trends in Q2 2022:
Member Logo Cisco Talos, one of the world’s largest private threat intelligence teams released its latest quarterly report that examines incident response trends and global cyber threats...
Policy and Regulation
Ministry of Communications announces online youth training programs
The program aims to develop the digital capabilities of students and employees in the information technology industry through digital empowerment...
ACCC tells Telstra to stop blocking Optus 5G rollout
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says that Telstra’s decision to register 315 sites using legacy 900 MHz spectrum could be intended to stifle Optus’s 5G rollout...
TRA’s decision on a fairer market competition
Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced on its website its decision in response to complaints submitted against Batelco regarding its fiber broadband speed offer which was introduced in...
Middle East
Vodafone Oman launches ‘Do more in Dhofar’ at Ateen with next-generation digital experience pavillon
Vodafone introduced a dedicated hub, Experience Dhofar, within the region, as part of its endeavours to engage and build strong bonds within the community...
Swvl adds leading mass transit operator in Kuwait, to its SaaS offering
Under the partnership, Swvl and City Group will work to provide the optimal transportation platform for serving Kuwaiti residents, in an effort to simplify their daily lives...
NEOM’s Oxagon announces annual Kingdom-wide Hackathon
NEOM’s Oxagon, home to advanced and clean industries with industrial innovation at its core, today launched the first edition of its Hackathon, in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education, powered by...
South Asia
1.4 million farmers in Pakistan get digital help
The Internat­ional Fund for Agric­ultural Devel­opment (IFAD) has said that around 1.4 million farmers in Punjab have benefited from a 19-month digital agriculture project that guided them to receive...
VEON’s Banglalink signs tower sharing agreement in Bangladesh
VEON announced that its subsidiary Banglalink has reached an agreement with Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) for a tower sharing initiative...
Satellite & Internet
Bell accelerating fiber to 8Gbps in Toronto
Bell Canada announced that it will introduce faster symmetrical fiber broadband speeds of up to 8Gbps next month in selected areas of Toronto, claiming that this will give it the fastest internet speeds of any major North...
North Africa
Egyptian Startup Homzmart secures US$23 million in Pre-series B funding
Homzmart, an online retailer of furniture and home items, raised US$23 million in one of the largest fundraising rounds for a start-up in the Middle East and North Africa during the previous year, according to the...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Amazon launches free streaming service Freevee in Germany
The offer, formerly known as IMDb TV, complements streaming service Amazon Prime Video, for which an Amazon Prime subscription is required...
LaLiga becomes first European league to launch streaming service in China
Spanish top-flight football league LaLiga has announced the launch of a new DTC streaming service for the Chinese market...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Two Nigerian telcos invest in 4G, 5G
Nigerians are set to enjoy fast Internet as two telecommunication firms will be investing in 4G and 5G infrastructure across the nation.
Ooredoo expands 5G across Greater Male
Ooredoo Maldives has announced that its 5G network is now available across Greater Male. Mobile and ‘AirFibre’ home broadband customers are able to access 5G services in areas including Male, Villimale, Hulhumale...
Global Telecom Update
Globe says free call, charging, WiFi station in quake-hit Abra resuming operations
Globe Telecom said its station offering free calls, charging and WiFi in quake-hit Bangued Abra has resumed operations...
More IoT consolidation as Semtech snaps up Sierra
The transaction brings together the worlds of cellular IoT and non-cellular LoRaWAN, and comes just days after Telit scooped up Cinterion, Thales’ cellular IoT business...
Digital Realty acquires Teraco to create Africa’s leading colocation provider
A newly completed acquisition in the data centre market promises to create the leading colocation and interconnection provider in Africa, according to Digital Realty, a global provider of cloud-and carrier-neutral data...
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