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August 20, 2017
Omantel launches Jawazak Hajj plan for customers
Omantel has announced the launch of Jawazak Hajj plan for customers travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj...
Member News
•  Dr. Biyari Announces Free SIM Cards
Member Logo Dr. Khaled Biyari, STC Group CEO, announced that the company will offer free SIM cards to Qatari Pilgrims in its sale outlets in Holy Makkah...
•  Change in food consumption in the region offers significant investment opportunities
Member Logo The food and beverage sector in the GCC is developing, due to consumers’ changing tastes, increased women participation in the workforce and a government push for healthier diets, according to Strategy&, formerly Booz...
Policy and Regulation
NCC seeks corporate governance to protect telecoms investment
Nigerian Communications Commission has mandated all MNOs and ISPs to fully integrate the industry’s Code of Corporate Governance (CCG) towards sanitizing the sector…
Belgian telecom regulator consults on frequency auction
The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications has launched a consultation relating to spectrum in the 1400MHz band...
Irish regulator consults on non geographic numbers
ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator has launched a public consultation regarding the five existing classes of non-geographic numbers...
North Africa
Egypt's first bitcoin exchange to be launched in August
Egypt’s first bitcoin exchange will go live later this month, the founders of Bitcoin Egypt said.
Nigeria leading Africa in ecommerce opportunities
Due to its high business environment opportunity potential, Nigeria is in pole position to take advantage of the Africa region’s e-commerce potential projected to reach upto USD 75 billion within the decade...
3G and 4G Networks
China Mobile announces latest stats for its 4G customer base
China Mobile has announced the latest subscriber additions for its 4G, wireless and wireline broadband business in July 2017...
O2 to roll out 4G in rural areas of UK
O2 will be rolling out 4G in Saxilby later this month, as part of plans to provide the service in more rural areas...
Cable & Wireless trials Gigabit LTE
Ericsson and C&W Communications successfully completed a Gigabit LTE trial in Antigua and Barbuda and started testing a pre-5G network, under C&W’s residential brand Flow...
Alternative Telecom
Better broadband planned in New Zealand
More users at TePohue will now be able to experience the benefits of increased broadband, as Chorus has finished work upgrading two rural cabinets in TePohue and TeHaroto…
Etheric to expand high speed broadband services
Etheric Networks has announced the addition of a new base station in Morgan Hill to expand its high speed broadband services to new areas...
Middle East
HTC starts E-Commerce store for consumers in Saudi Arabia
HTC has opened a new e-commerce store dedicated to bringing leading innovations in smart mobile devices to more consumers across Saudi Arabia…
Muscat plans to restart the OmanSat project
Oman is planning to acquire a national communications satellite to serve broad Omani telecommunications needs…
Ooredoo Oman works with Outward Bound Oman
Ooredoo Oman has partnered with the non-profit organisation Outward Bound Oman to sponsor two experiential training programmes for Shababiah customers and the company's extended family...
Omantel launches Jawazak Hajj plan for customers
Omantel has announced the launch of Jawazak Hajj plan for customers travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj...
South Asia
Banglalink launches ecommerce platform
Banglalink has launched a e-commerce site to help its customers purchase smart devices and get all the services of the telecom operator online...
Nepal telephone subscribers cross 35 million
According to the latest statistics made avaialable, Nepal reached 35.20 million voice telephony subscribers in April, up from 34.91 million in March...
Mobile Content, Mobile TV & IPTV
IPTV provider KPN launches Museum TV
Dutch IPTV provider KPN has launched the VOD service Museum TV to its two million television customers…
Xstream offers new monetisation tool
Over-the-top and TV everywhere enabler Xstream has launched a new customer engagement tool designed to enable OTT and online TV providers to accelerate video content revenue streams…
Global Telecom Update
Global 5G connections predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025
Global connections for the fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) will increase to 1.4 billion by 2025 from just one million in 2019, the first year of commercial launch...
Government purchases IoT network builder Thinxtra
The government bought 15 percent equity stake in Thinxtra to fund a nationwide low-power wide area network for internet of things (IoT) devices and applications…
Adtran upgrades NG-PON2 for 5G network
Adtranhas taken the next step in mobilizing Software Defined Access by successfully demonstrating non-service impacting wavelength agility and ultra-low latency with its NG-PON2 solution…
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