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August 16, 2022
Featured Member News
AT&T contributes US$6 million for digital literacy initiatives
As part of $6 million in contributions, AT&T is bringing bilingual, in-person digital literacy workshops to more than 400 libraries and community centers across the country. These contributions are part of our $2 billion commitment from 2021 to 2023 to help bridge the digital divide...
Member News
•  Zain hosted students of KON Program at its Innovation Campus
Member Logo Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, hosted students of the KON Social Entrepreneurship Program at its Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) in the company’s main headquarters in Shuwaikh...
•  Nokia and Telekom Serbia/MTEL verify 600Gbit/s optical network over 600km
Member Logo Nokia has announced the successful testing of a 600Gbit/s line rate on Telekom Serbia and MTEL’s optical transport network over a distance of 600km between Banja Luka and Belgrade...
Policy and Regulation
Telecom companies invested US$1.63 billion in Brazil
The total amount invested by telecommunications companies in the Brazilian market in the first quarter of this year grew by 3.8%, according to the sector’s union...
Local tech only for 4G and 5G
The Indian government says it will restrict foreign telecom vendors from taking a role in the 4G and 5G modernisation projects planned by state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Free Paramount+ subscription for Walmart customers
Walmart customers will gain free access to Paramount+ when they are members of the supermarket giant’s US loyalty programme...
Bayern Munich and Deutsche Telekom enhance digital developments
FC Bayern Munich has formed an early extension of its 20-year collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, which will now run to 2027...
Satellite & Internet
Biznet Networks now passes more than 1.6 million homes
The ISP will continue to expand the network to meet pent up demand for internet/data-based services in the digital era...
Global Telecom Update
Pan-African fintech reaches 400 million mobile money wallets in Africa
For these businesses, this is an opportunity to expand their markets and scale their services into more markets in Africa, without physical presence and full operations...
Tizeti plans West African expansion
West African solar-based internet and voice service provider Tizeti says it is set to expand its operations within Nigeria and Ghana and move into Cote d’Ivoire and Togo...
Keysight and Synopsys collaborate on RF and Millimeter Wave Design
This will enable designers to validate complex radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave design requirements for 5G/6G system-on-chip (SoC) and subsystem designs in the Synopsys Custom Design Family...
Middle East
Zain Bahrain deploys ‘most innovative’ IoT technology
Zain Bahrain is the first to enable the new technology commercially in the kingdom, based on narrowband radio standard that aims to support Bahrain in achieving its National Telecommunication Plan (NTP)- 5 machine-to-machine...
UAE tech start-up Dukkantek raises US$10 million to fuel growth
UAE technology start-up Dukkantek raised US$10 million in a new funding round as the company aims to expand into new markets and improve its core technology...
Cashless transactions gain momentum in Oman
Taher bin Salem al Omari, CEO of the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has said that there has been an increase in the use of retail electronic payment channels in the Sultanate of Oman...
South Asia
VEON’s Banglalink unwraps Toffee for content creators
VEON announced that its Bangladeshi operating company, Banglalink, has enabled revenue generation on its digital entertainment platform, Toffee...
North Africa
Egypt to manufacture Nokia mobile phones
Nokia mobile phones are to be manufactured in Egypt following an agreement signed last week between HMD International, which owns the Nokia brand and Etisal Company for Advances Industries (EAI)...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone Ghana expands 4G LTE sites and upgrades network
Vodafone Ghana is rolling out 300 4G LTE sites and 3G sites in several communities across the sixteen regions of Ghana by the end of October 2022...
Optus confirms switch-on of its 5G SA network
Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has switched on its 5G Standalone (SA) network for commercial use after close to a year of testing and customer trials...
Airtel Lanka cleared to shut down 3G network this summer
Airtel Lanka will commence the shuttering of its 3G network next month after receiving clearance from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL)...
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