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February 22, 2018
UAE University joins Etisalat Digital IoT partner program
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has joined the Etisalat Digital ‘Internet of Things (IoT) partner program’ that will see them collaborate in the digital solutions arena and help strengthen Etisalat’s position in the IoT space in the region...
Member News
•  du launches first national triple-play service
Member Logo du has launched its first full nationwide triple-play packages, offering TV, internet and telephony services to customers outside its core service area of Dubai for the first time...
Recent Developments
•  Telecom Egypt joins SAMENA Telecommunications Council as a Member
•  Etisalat Group reports consolidated net profit before federal royalty of AED 17.45 billion
•  Huawei to go beyond traditional boundaries to enable a fully-connected, intelligent world
•  Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services
Policy and Regulation
DICT and NTC Philippines release draft circular for selection of new telco player
The proposed formula for selecting the winning bid aims to ensure that the new major player has the capacity to compete with the two existing telecommunication companies...
NCC, NOTAP, others commend Airtel on 4G launch
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and Senate Committee on Communications have commended Airtel Nigeria for launching its 4G LTE...
South Asia
Ecommerce industry to see new entrant in Pakistan
HUM Network, a renowned TV channel of Pakistan is entering the online shopping business and is all set to launching its online grocery company called HUM Mart...
Sajha Yatayat to launch e-ticketing soon in Nepal
The Sajha Yatayat has finalized preparations to commence a new technology-supported payment and ticketing services in its public buses...
Alternative Telecom
Vodafone, Telefonica cooperate on fiber-optic connections for mobile networks
Vodafone Germany and Telefonica Deutschland have agreed on a pilot project to connect their mobile phone sites to each other’s fiber-optic backhaul lines...
iPlan joins Argentina’s convergent offers
Buenos Aires’ Internet provider iPlan has announced investment to expand its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network and launch an IPTV service...
ETECSA signs satellite connectivity agreement with SES Networks
State-owned Cuban telco Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has signed a deal with satellite services provider SES Networks...
Global Telecom Update
31 APAC operators involved in 5G trials
A total of 72 operators worldwide - including 31 in Asia-Pacific - are involved in 5G trials, according to data compiled by VIAVI Solutions...
Ericsson looks to kickstart IoT development
Launch of IoT Accelerator Marketplace looks to encourage collaboration in developing future connected technologies...
Middle East
Sharjah Tatweer Forum launches Digital Transformation Program
Sharjah Tatweer Forum has launched a Digital Transformation Program which is intended to provide executives in public and private sector with the tools to enable digital transformation in their organisations...
Agreement signed to set up Oman Towers Company
The move will help build standardised telecommunications infrastructure to be utilised by all licensed operators in Oman...
WiFi UAE launches new packages for users to enjoy high-speed premium WiFi
UAE residents can now reap the benefits of more flexible WiFi options across more locations than ever before with WiFi UAE...
Lebanon's PM says IT will develop economy
Hariri voiced strong support for the country’s tech sector, particularly the new generations of innovators and business leaders...
North Africa
Orange Egypt FY revenue up by 7.7 percent
Orange Egypt’s revenues grew by 7.5 percent in 2017, whereas the EBITDA grew by 25.4 percent...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
Stadtwerke Langenfeld launch IPTV with purTV
German public utility company Stadtwerke Langenfeld is adding IPTV to its telephony and internet service...
FCMB introduces mobile banking solution
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited has introduced a mobile banking solution through the use of a dedicated code...
3G and 4G Networks
Cell C’s fiber and LTE plans for 2018
Cell C has outlined its plans for aggressive LTE and fiber expansions in the coming year...
Vodafone delivering best latency for MWC, but Movistar leading on throughput speed
An on-going study of mobile telephone networks in Barcelona in the weeks ahead of Mobile World Congress is indicating that Movistar’s users are getting the best average 4G download speed test results...
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