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January 31, 2023
Featured Member News
Five start-ups selected for CBO’s Fintech Accelerator powered by Omantel
The Central Bank of Oman and Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate of Oman, have joined hands to deliver a six-month accelerator program dedicated to nurturing and empowering fintech start-ups...
Member News
•  Zain kicks-off Kuwait’s first local fantasy football game
Member Logo Zain, Kuwait’s leading digital service provider, kicked-off its latest surprise for Kuwaiti football fans, the Dawri Zain Fantasy League; the first-ever local fantasy football game for the Kuwaiti Premier League -...
•  Cisco advances the hybrid work experience with audio and interoperability innovations
Member Logo New innovations help organizations achieve a seamless hybrid work experience, including an industry-first partnership with Microsoft that runs Microsoft Teams natively on Cisco collaboration devices expected for...
Recent Developments
•  e& international launches ‘e& partner networks’
•  HIGH VIEW launches four new channels on SES’s ASTRA 19.2 degrees East
•  AT&T reports 4Q and full-year results
•  Zain unveils MAX, the new generation of Internet plans
Policy and Regulation
Japan considering auction format for spectrum licence awards
Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is looking to introduce spectrum auctions by early 2026, replacing the current system where operators are awarded frequencies for free...
Middle East
Oman tops GCC in telecommunication services
The results of a study comparing the prices of retail telecom services with the GCC and Arab countries for the year 2021 revealed that the Sultanate of Oman ranked first in the Arab world in the cheapest retail prices for...
UAE’s national digital economy set to grow US$140 billion by 2031
Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, one of three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, has released a report detailing plans to boost the emirate's digital economy...
CNTXT, Saudi Aramco sign Digital Master Service Agreement
The agreement will enable Saudi Aramco to further utilise Cognite Data Fusion, the leading Industrial DataOps platform and accelerate development and deployment of digital use cases by leveraging CNTXT digital services...
North Africa
YahClick and Canar to bring improved satcom services to Sudan
The deal will make Canar one of YahClick’s largest service providers across the region and deliver a wide range of new and improved services to customers across Sudan. Canar will be enabling services on Hughes’...
3G, 4G and 5G Networks
Vodafone UK to start switching off 3G in Devon and Hampshire
On the technical front, the change will enable some 10MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz band to be re-purposed for use by modern 4G and 5G mobile services, which could result in faster mobile broadband speeds and better network...
Globe says deploying new antenna technology to improve LTE and 5G
Globe Telecom said that it has piloted a multi-beam, multi-band lens antenna technology which is the first in Southeast Asia...
Content & Immersive Technologies
New programming for Sky Showtime ahead of CEE expansion
SkyShowtime has announced a major new slate of series and movies as it prepares to debut in eight new markets in Central & Eastern Europe...
BBC iPlayer passed seven-billion streams milestone in 2022
UK pubcaster the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand service passed the milestone of seven billion streams in a year for the first time in 2022, boosted by the FIFA World Cup from Qatar. BBC iPlayer also recorded its best quarter...
South Asia
Banglalink launches portable Mifi Router with free data offer
Banglalink, one of the leading digital communications service providers in Bangladesh, has officially launched Mifi Router, a portable router that enables multiple users to access its 4G internet with more convenience...
Daraz launches Daraz Advertising Solution (DAS)
Daraz, South Asia’s leading e-commerce marketplace, has officially launched Daraz Advertising Solution (DAS), a full-funnel advertising suite for sellers and brands registered on the platform...
Satellite & Internet
MEASAT and Parcel365 collaborate on Malaysian rural initiative
The companies are to collaborate on the Digital Village365 initiative that aims to uplift rural communities and stimulate digital economic activities for B40 (the bottom 40% of Malaysian household income) communities...
Orange Belgium, Telenet sign two commercial wholesale fiber deal
Orange Belgium and Telenet have signed two commercial fixed wholesale agreements, which entry into force is subject to the completion of the transaction related to the acquisition of 75% minus one share of VOO by Orange...
Ibiza-Formentera submarine cable interconnection successfully completed
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the successful completion of the cable laying and burial operations for the submarine power interconnection between Ibiza and...
Global Telecom Update
IOH nears full nationwide network integration
Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) said it is nearing complete nationwide network integration, a move that will boost coverage and customer experience...
PLDT protects 71 million users with Gigamon Solution
Gigamon, the leading deep observability company, is providing the Philippines’ largest telecommunications company, PLDT, and its 71 million users, with secure and uninterrupted internet and telecom services...
Technology, telecommunications businesses benefit from digital economy
Technology and telecommunications businesses are expected to continue to benefit from the growth of the digital economy...
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