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October 19, 2017
STC supports the second International Conference on C4I Solutions
STC, represented by Enterprise Business Unit, participated as a diamond sponsor of the International Conference on Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence (C4I) and cybersecurity systems...
Batelco announces its support for Bahrain International Airshow 2018
Batelco has announced its support for the Bahrain International Airshow 2018 (BIAS 2018), which will take place at the Sakhir Airbase in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 14-16 November 2018...
Member News
•  STC multiplies data 3x for "SAWA"
Member Logo STC announced launching a new offer to multiply internet data three times for "SAWA" users (Basic-Net-Super), and unlimited calls offer for (SAWA Calls) package, until 10 Nov 2017...
•  Nokia announces strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services to enable easier transition to the cloud
Member Logo Nokia has announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) that will accelerate the migration of service provider applications to the cloud and drive digital innovation for large enterprise...
Recent Developments
•  SAMENA Council Delineates Operators' Perspectives on Critical Issues at Mobile 360 MENA and Terms Collaboration with Regulators as Key to Future Industry Development
•  Batelco Board appoints new CEO for Batelco Bahrain
•  SAMENA Council highlights private sector's role in advancing the Sustainable Development Agenda at ITU’s WTDC-17 Private Sector Roundtable in Buenos Aires
•  SAMENA Council Reflects on Public Policy Considerations for OTTs on behalf of Telecom Operators
Policy and Regulation
Brazil launches consultation on telecom sector policy
Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications has put on public consultation the proposal for a telecommunications policy decree...
Regulator issues formal decision for 4G auction
Ukraine’s NCCIR finalized a decision to convert and release frequencies in the 2600MHz band for the upcoming auction of 4G LTE mobile licenses expected by the end of this year…
Oman to award third mobile licence to local consortium
Oman has cancelled tenders for the country's third mobile licence as it has decided to award it to a consortium of local investment funds and an international operator...
North Africa
Tunisie Telecom names new CEO
Former Tunisie Telecom executive Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem has returned to the company two years after leaving to become CEO of retailer Monoprix...
Nigeria to increase mobile broadband subscriptions to 50% by 2020
According to Nigeria, it is committed to increasing the current coverage of the active mobile broadband subscription per 100 from 20.95 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020…
3G and 4G Networks
Optus promises to improve Bendigo’s 4G coverage
According to Telecommunications company Optus, people in the Bendigo area will have greater mobile coverage after revealing plans for an investment in new infrastructure…
Ooredoo upgrades 4G network
Ooredoo Myanmar has announced that mobile users in the Ayeyarwaddy region can now access its PhalanPhalan 4G service…
Indonesia accelerates expansion of 4G technology
Indonesia is accelerating the expansion of fourth-generation technology, or 4G network, across the country...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Nickelodeon all set for OTT rollout in Japan
Viacom is launching an OTT and mobile Nickelodeon linear channel in Japan via a pact with NTT DOCOMO...
Sky originals go over-the-top to reach Spain
The three upcoming Sky original series will be exclusively premiered in Spain through its recently-launched over-the-top (OTT) service…
Sequent and TIS partner to provide tokenized payment solutions
A strategic alliance between Sequent and TIS accelerates secure mobile payment applications and solutions for the banking, payment processing and IOT sectors...
Middle East
Dubai to have ‘online only’ services on Oct 26
A total of 32 Dubai entities are set to close service counters on October 26 and will stop receiving customers with payment transactions that can be done via alternative smart channels…
Microsoft to help Mashreq Bank drive digital transformation
Microsoft will expand its partnership with Dubai-based Mashreq Bank to drive a bold digital transformation programme within the bank’s branches and digital services...
Ooredoo's personality test spreads excitement
Ooredoo has launched an online personality test for customers to find out what their favourite hashtags, moments and digital experiences say about them...
South Asia
Mobitel showcases NB-IoT network
Sri Lanka operator Mobitel has showcased its NB-IoT service at the Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from 13 to 15 October...
Online treatment facility launched in Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa introduced an Online treatment facility for the first time in Pakistan to provide specialized healthcare service in far away areas...
Alternative Telecom
MPT to expand fiber optic service to Mandalay
State-owned telecommunication operator Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) will offer FTTH, an internet service in Mandalay from the coming month...
SpaceX laying down the foundation for Internet growth
Satellites designed to provide internet access could bring US$1 trillion in annual revenue to the players of the private space industry...
Global Telecom Update
China Telecom eyes Brazil's Oi
According to China Telecommunications Corp, Brazilian telecom company Oi SA is among the several potential targets it had considered for investment…
Small cell deployments paving way for 5G
According to Panelists in a 5G and LTE session, the mobile operators should start deploying small cells to gain valuable experience and establish a footprint to prepare for 5G…
5G ready to give boost to European mobile business
The new 5G technology will provide a boost for European operators. The region is the most heavily subscribed in the world…
Safaricom launches innovation center to move beyond M-Pesa
Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telecom company and provider of the nation’s mobile money service, M-Pesa, has launched a new innovation center in Nairobi...
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