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SAMENA Telecommunications Council - Logo Industry News Briefing
August 21, 2022
Featured Member News
Omantel drives 5G coverage toward new heights with populated areas in Muscat, Al Batinah governorates covered
Omantel has come a long way in leading the 5G deployment in Oman. In a breakthrough achievement, the company has now covered the populated areas in the governorates of Muscat, Al Batinah South and Al Batinah North with real 5G speeds...
Telecom Egypt and Orange Jordan sign collaboration agreement to serve Iraq
Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, announces the signature of a strategic collaboration agreement with Orange Jordan, the leading operator of integrated communications services and one of Orange Group’s subsidiaries, to create a highly reliable terrestrial system connecting Iraq to Europe through Jordanian and Egyptian territories...
Member News
•  stc boosts the 5G network capacity by over 60%
Member Logo stc the leading Digital Enabler in the Kingdom has developed its 5G Infrastructure Capabilities through utilizing a new additional 5G spectrum to be the 1st Operator in MENA Region to enable 5G Carrier Aggregation...
•  AT&T contributes US$6 million for digital literacy initiatives
Member Logo 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...
•  China Mobile Tianjin and New Tianjin Steel Group achieve the first commercial use of Huawei's 8T distributed Massive MIMO in the steel industry
Member Logo China Mobile Tianjin and Huawei completed the commercial deployment of 5G 8T distributed Massive MIMO technology in the cold rolling workshops of New Tianjin Steel Group, marking the first time that the technology was...
•  Cisco reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 earnings
Member Logo Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of US$13.1 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of US$2.8 billion or US$0.68 per share, and non-GAAP net income of US$3.4 billion or $0.83 per...
Recent Developments
•  stc Bahrain partners with Bahrain Diabetes Society to provide insulin pumps for diabetic children
•  Zain hosts student debate of ‘Kuwait Codes’
•  Huawei and partners explore ICT as an enabler to drive inclusive & innovative education
•  stc academy offers educational programs for gamers and game developers this gamers season
Policy and Regulation
Bahrain enjoys lowest fibre broadband prices in GCC
Fibre broadband plans offered by the operators in Bahrain have the lowest charges in the GCC, says a study conducted by Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)...
Icasa starts process on making more spectrum available to achieve 5G goals
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has begun the process of making more radio frequency spectrum available to telecommunications operators who want to provide broadband services...
Middle East
UAE leads Gulf in 5G download speed: report
The GCC 5G Experience Benchmark studied smartphone users’ 5G experience when using the 5G network for mobile video streaming, multiplayer mobile gaming, and voice app communication...
Bupa Arabia at forefront of digital transformation in health insurance sector
Bupa Arabia has made significant investments to develop digital solutions, which in turn has contributed to enhancing the customer experience...
Digital transformation key to improve Jordan's investment environment-
Global companies have expressed interest to open regional offices in the Kingdom to serve the region's countries and benefit from Jordan's expertise and competencies working in the ICT sector...
North Africa
Egypt on its way to becoming regional centre for digital services
The unprecedented investment incentives and tax and customs exemptions on production components and raw materials prompted two of the largest international companies to manufacture their products in Egypt...
Content & Immersive Technologies
Radioplayer added to Sky Q in Germany and the UK
Radioplayer, which offers public and commercial radio stations online, has been added to Sky Q in both the UK and Germany...
Redge Media Cloud DRM launched
The platform is an instant, self-cared, scalable, enterprise-grade solution for media companies wanting to secure video delivery with a Multi-DRM solution...
South Asia
Pakistan makes a record earning of US$2615 million from IT service exports in 2021-22
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) published detailed findings about the IT industry and the amount of money each sub-sector made in the IT Export industry...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
MobiFone pilots high-speed 5G services in Hue
Mobifone has launched a 5G commercial trial in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue as part of the plan to expand its 5G coverage nationwide...
O! tests 5G, says commercial services ‘not far off’
Nur Telecom (O!) is the second mobile operator in Kyrgyzstan to announce tests of 5G network technology, following rival MegaCom’s disclosure earlier this month...
Satellite & Internet
Smart and Omnispace team up for satcom-supported 5G in the Philippines
Philippines mobile operator Smart is collaborating with satellite operator Omnispace to explore and demonstrate the capabilities of space-based 5G communications using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites...
Virgin Media Ireland inks network deal with SIRO
Virgin Media Ireland has announced a network deal with SIRO whereby the former will be able to offer what it termed ‘a full range of services’ to more than 450,000 currently enabled SIRO premises across the...
Global Telecom Update
China vows to strengthen cybersecurity
China will continue strengthening the capacity building of its cybersecurity system, with a focus on the stronger protection of internet enterprises and more efforts to promote the sector's development...
Ascenty expands its Latin American presence with second data centre in Chile
Data centre company Ascenty, which has a strong presence in Latin America, has announced the opening of its second facility in Santiago, Chile...
VMware launches new Partner Connect framework
VMware has announced the next evolution of VMware Partner Connect, the company’s singular, unified global partner programme...
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