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December 12, 2017
Etisalat opens first "Business in a Box" digital experience store for SMBs at Sharaf DG
Etisalat has announced the opening of the first digital experience store giving Small and Medium Businesses in the country the convenience of a one-stop destination shop to meet all their business communications, ICT and devices needs...
Member News
•  STC, Thales launch enterprise cloud encryption service
Member Logo Saudi Telecom Company has joined forces with Thales to launch a cloud encryption service for enterprise customers allowing them to protect and control their data in the cloud...
•  New Batelco TV “OSN Ultimate Entertainment” package takes viewing to new heights
Member Logo Batelco has announced the launch of Batelco TV OSN Ultimate Entertainment package, the latest enhancement to Batelco’s great range of viewing options...
Policy and Regulation
CITC and Zain KSA sign agreement to implement high speed wireless broadband projects
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and Zain KSA have signed an agreement to implement three high-speed wireless broadband projects for remote areas of the Kingdom as part of the Universal Service...
mu Space receives satellite license in Thailand
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has awarded mu Space a license to operate a satellite service in the country...
Tanzanian regulator proposes reduced voice termination rates
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority is set to hold a public hearing with industry stakeholders to discuss proposed changes to interconnection rates...
North Africa
IBM ties up with Moroccan fertiliser firm OCP to provide tailored digital services
Morocco-based OCP Group has collaborated with IBM to provide digital and IT services in different sectors throughout Africa...
WorldRemit targets Egypt expansion
Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has raised $40 million to drive its next phase of global growth, including an expansion of its Egypt operation...
3G and 4G Networks
Singtel achieves 1.1Gbps speeds in joint LAA trial
Singtel and Ericsson have announced they have achieved a peak speed of 1.1Gbps during a trial of license-assisted access (LAA) technology which is a first within the Asia-Pacific region...
Spark LTE fixed wireless reaches 100,000 users
According to New Zealand telco Spark, its LTE-based fixed-wireless broadband solution for home users has now reached 100,000 subscribers...
Alternative Telecom
Australia-Singapore Cable lands in Indonesia
Australia's Vocus Communications has announced the launch of its Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) in Indonesia, in conjunction with landing partner XL Axiata...
Comcast initiates nationwide rollout of its latest gateway
Comcast has started the nationwide rollout of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology, with its latest xFi Advanced Gateway...
National fiber optic network launched in Burkina Faso
President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore has officially launched the first phase of the national fiber optic backbone in Gaoua...
Middle East
UAE to generate US$9.2 billion from digital transformation by 2020
According to Dr. Aisha Bin Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office, UAE will generate AED 33.8 billion (US$9.2 billion) by 2020 thanks to digital transformation...
Regional e-commerce platform Noon to go live in Saudi Arabia
Regional e-commerce platform Noon will launch in Saudi Arabia on 12 December 2017 according to Faraz Khalid, the CEO of the company...
UBF initiatives help ward off cyber attacks in UAE
The UAE's banking sector has been successful in warding off major cyber attacks despite increasing threats according to the the UAE Banks Federation...
PayPal to launch seller protection programme in Saudi Arabia
PayPal has announced the launch of the PayPal Seller Protection Program in Saudi Arabia in an effort to empower local businesses to trade online, both locally and globally with confidence and peace of mind...
South Asia
Post offices to offer digital wallet service in Bangladesh
The postal department inaugurated a digital wallet service named ‘Daak Taka’ which will help its clients to open an account at a nominal payment...
4G Research Lab inaugurated in Pakistan
Zong 4G has officially inaugurated its 4G Wireless Research Lab at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
4KUniverse comes to Europe
4K UHD TV general entertainment streaming network 4KUniverse is launching in Europe this week, with satellite operator SES distributing the channel to Swiss telco Swisscom for distribution to its 1.45 million customers...
Octopus inks Samsung deal to push NFC payments
Octopus has announced a deal with Samsung to integrate its app into Samsung Pay, increasing the use cases for both payment systems in Hong Kong...
Global Telecom Update
Chorus bids to build New Zealand’s 5G network
CEO of last-mile fibre company Chorus says New Zealand should have a single 5G network shared between operators...
T-Mobile expands business roaming partnership
T-Mobile US has expanded an international roaming partnership with FreeMove to offer better global connectivity for its business customers...
Singapore has APAC's fastest fixed and mobile speeds
According to the latest Speedtest results from Ookla, Singapore has maintained its position of having both the world's fastest fixed broadband speeds and Asia-Pacific's fastest mobile broadband speeds in November...
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