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August 17, 2022
Featured Member News
Zain hosts student debate of ‘Kuwait Codes’
The event came as part of Zain’s strategic partnership with the program, launched by CODED Academy for the second time with the aim of empowering the next generation of young Kuwaiti programmers...
Member News
•  China Unicom Beijing and Huawei first to commercialize 64T64R MetaAAU for better in-depth coverage in residential areas
Member Logo China Unicom Beijing spearheaded the commercialization of Huawei's brand-new 64T64R MetaAAU in a pilot urban residential area in Tongzhou District, which is home to a large number of 5G users who have a huge demand for...
•  Changes in Nokia Corporation's own shares
Member Logo A total of 189 403 Nokia shares held by the company were transferred without consideration to participants of Nokia's equity-based incentive plan in accordance with the rules of the plan...
Policy and Regulation
Bahrain approves radio spectrum for faster Wi-Fi 6 technologies
This is in line with the Kingdom’s adoption of radio spectrum ranges 5470 – 5725 MHz and 5925 – 6425 MHz for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E applications...
Anatel: 3.5GHz 5G now permitted in Curitiba, Goiania and Salvador
Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency has confirmed that the country’s national mobile operators are now able to launch Standalone (SA) 5G services using the 3.5GHz frequency band in a further three state...
Middle East
Backdoor malware detections in the Middle East plunge by 35% in the second quarter of 2022
According to Kaspersky Security Network data for corporate users, the number of backdoor malware detected in Q2 2022 in the Middle East decreased by 35% compared to the previous quarter...
Bahrain POS, e-commerce transactions value at US$819 million in July
Contactless transactions accounted for 72.4% of the volume (45.7% of value) and e-commerce 13.3% (35.6% of value), said the data...
Technology drives retail last-mile delivery in GCC
CRTKL has highlighted the opportunities to adapt retail design in the region to meet the rising trend in e-commerce, in an industry-leading micro grants report...
South Asia
SLT-MOBITEL powered Hack:AI 2021 successfully concludes with winners showcasing innovative solutions for sustainable living.
Hack:AI 2021, provided participating youth, a platform to design ground-breaking innovative solutions to solve real world problems using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning...
Huawei hosted 2nd iteration of Seeds for the Future for ICT undergraduates from Nepal
With selections made last month, students have already been receiving insights into the ICT industry in Nepal through various engagements...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Nigerian bookkeeping digital platform, Pastel, secures US$5.5 million
The digital bookkeeping company, according to Izunna, is building digital tools to unlock the potential of small businesses in developing countries...
VIDAA partners with Amagi in FAST expansion
FAST channels and AVOD assets from Amagi are part of a new content distribution agreement with the TV operating system provider VIDAA...
North Africa
Egypt’s Tatweer Misr has invested $235mln in sustainability initiatives across all its projects
The company has contracted Schneider Electric, Huawei Technologies Egypt and Orange Egypt to implement smart solutions across all its projects...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
VoLTE comes to Mozambique thanks to Vodacom
Vodacom Mozambique says it has become the first of the country’s cellcos to launch VoLTE technology...
China 5G user base set to top 1 billion
Major mobile operators in China collectively invested some CNY400 billion (US$59 billion) in their nationwide 5G networks, with China Telecom and China Unicom sharply boosting capex in the first six months of 2022 to take...
Satellite & Internet
Tanzania offers internet on Mount Kilimanjaro
State-run Tanzania Telecommunications Limited (TTCL) installed high-speed internet connectivity on Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, through a national broadband project...
GTT to roll out fiber to 20,000 additional homes by October
Full-service provider Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) is expecting to roll out fiber-based connectivity to 20,000 homes and businesses across 18 communities by October this year...
Global Telecom Update
Kyivstar to provide national digital health service for Ukraine
The strategic investment is part Kyivstar’s commitment to the rebuilding of Ukraine and will enable the company to scale up eHealth service at the national level to make it available to every Ukrainian...
Malaysia and Thailand join Google’s cloud regions
When these new regions launch, they will join Google’s 34 cloud regions currently in operation around the world, 11 of which are located in Asia-Pacific...
KKR acquires cybersecurity firm Barracuda for US$4 billion
The deal represents a key indicator of private equity’s growing interest in cybersecurity firms,..
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