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Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:53:46 +0400 Arabian Industry - Comms 144 16 en ITP Digital Ltd. 2020 (webmaster) Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:53:46 +0400 20 Zain to provide next-gen connectivity to Kuwaiti quarantine centre The move comes as part of a wider cooperation agreement with the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company, as Kuwait ramps up its defenses against the Covid 19 pandemic News | Comms Sun, 05 Apr 2020 06:11:30 +0400 Orange Egypt launches its Stay Safe initiative, to combat Covid 19 Orange Egypt has announced a raft of initiatives to help its subscribers and employees stay safe during the Covid 19 pandemic News | Comms Sun, 05 Apr 2020 03:09:03 +0400 STC launches $26.7m investment to boost operational efficiency of Saudi healthcare centres The investment could benefit as many as 5 million people across the Kingdom News | Comms Sun, 05 Apr 2020 02:24:46 +0400 ADDA launches its Abu Dhabi Connect initiative to fast track digitalisation of government services in the Emirate The move will be aligned with Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030 strategy, to showcase digital solutions in the Emirate News | Comms Sun, 05 Apr 2020 12:51:09 +0400 FCC reveals $200m e-health initiative to help American hospitals through the Covid 19 pandemic The funds will help to ensure that American hospitals and medical facilities have access to the connectivity that will power their telehealth programmes News | Comms Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:51:29 +0400 Etisalat helps 1 million UAE students learn from home through e-learning initiative Millions of students across the country are now studying from home as schools in the UAE remain closed News | Comms Sat, 04 Apr 2020 10:58:40 +0400 HPE to advance 5G rollout with vendor-neutral software Initiative to eliminate multi-vendor hardware complexity, simplifying end-to-end automation and accelerating technology evolution News | Comms Fri, 03 Apr 2020 03:32:08 +0400 FCC proposes $9bn fund to boost rural connectivity in the US The 5G Fund will be used to extend 5G connectivity into economically inviable areas of the US, particularly in rural and sparsely populated areas News | Comms Fri, 03 Apr 2020 03:13:35 +0400 Etisalat and Noor Bank launch mobile wallet platform in the UAE eWallet will help UAE residents and citizens make safer money transfers from the comfort of their own home, allowing people to practice more efficient social distancing by staying at home and making digital transfers remotely News | Comms Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:05:39 +0400 South Korea registers 5m 5G customers, as the 5G era prepares to turn 1 South Korea launched 5G consumer services in April 2019 News | Comms Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:37:31 +0400 Hong Kong launches 5G mobile services Hong Kong kicks off its 5G party, with three out of four operators launching services News | Comms Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:00:59 +0400 DT eyes merger opportunities in Europe, after Sprint and T-Mobile deal closes in the US Deutsche Telekom remains Europe’s second largest provider of telecoms services News | Comms Thu, 02 Apr 2020 02:20:56 +0400 Best practices to successfully enable a remote workforce Giselle Bou Ghanem, Customer Engagement Solutions Sales Manager – META, Avaya recommendations to help organisations quickly enable remote workforces News | Comms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:37:15 +0400 Huawei hopeful it can offer Google apps from its own store Reports in the Chinese press suggest that Huawei is exploring strategies to offer apps from US developers on its own app store News | Comms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 05:19:27 +0400 Ericsson: Managing networks through the awesome power of AI We spoke to Eva Andren, head of managed services at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, to find out how Ericsson is helping operators streamline their network management through a series of Artificial Intelligence initiatives News | Comms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 02:53:42 +0400 MTN Group to press on with plans to downsize its stake in Nigeria, despite Covid 19 pandemic MTN is Nigeria’s biggest telco, with over 59 million subscribers in the West African nation News | Comms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:41:01 +0400 Saudi telcos to provide free connectivity for citizens under quarantine during April Saudi Arabia’s mobile network operators agree to give their customers a payment holiday in April News | Comms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:49:35 +0400 Huawei chairman warns US that China will not allow his company to be ‘slaughtered’ Huawei posted strong growth figures in 2019 but was hampered by the US’ campaign to boycott the Chinese tech giant News | Comms Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:44:58 +0400 Microsoft continues to hone its 5G focus with acquisition of Affirmed Networks Affirmed Networks is an established provider of network slicing technology to a range of telcos across the world News | Comms Tue, 31 Mar 2020 02:35:59 +0400 IoT connections could reach 83 billion by 2024 The rapid growth of the number of connected IoT devices will be fuelled by a sharp increase in uptake in the industrial sector News | Comms Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:46:21 +0400 Telcos and software providers must buddy up to accelerate the evolution of the digital enterprise Etisalat’s recent partnership with Microsoft is just one example of how telcos and software providers are collaborating on 5G, AI and network automation to offer a range of digital services to enterprise customers across the region News | Comms Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:38:53 +0400 How can enterprises emerge from the Covid19 pandemic as more resilient, competitive beasts? Analysts suggest that the long term prognosis for enterprises is good, provided they can adapt their business practices accordingly News | Comms Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:53:48 +0400 Indian regulator orders telcos to ensure uninterrupted services for prepaid customers during Covid19 lockdown India remains in a state of lockdown, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic News | Comms Mon, 30 Mar 2020 04:34:04 +0400 UK telcos lift data caps for all customers during Covid19 pandemic The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has held discussions with the government and representatives of the country’s big telecommunications firms to broker a deal that will allow consumers to benefit from unlimited connectivity News | Comms Mon, 30 Mar 2020 03:43:36 +0400 MNOs set to lose out on $25bn of roaming revenues, as Covid19 pandemic begins to bite New research suggests that roaming revenues will be all but decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic for the next 9 months News | Comms Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:48:35 +0400 CityFibre completes its acquisition of FibreNation in the UK, boosting its FTTH rollout plans to 8m premises TalkTalk Group shareholders have provided formal approval for CityFibre to acquire FibreNation News | Comms Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:26:09 +0400 Indian telcos to opt for three-month moratorium on loan repayments during Covid19 lockdown India’s government is in the process of devising a range of economic initiatives to help businesses withstand the financial pressure brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic News | Comms Sun, 29 Mar 2020 05:29:33 +0400 Bouygues backtracks on more than 800 Covid19 redundancies Bouygues Telecom now says that the affected personnel will be able to work remotely instead News | Comms Sun, 29 Mar 2020 05:19:54 +0400 Etisalat bolsters CloudTalk Meeting platform to allow up to 50 participants The move will ease the burden of remote working, whilst enterprises in the region adapt to new ways of doing business News | Comms Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:29:48 +0400 Investment in next generation connectivity pays off, as 140,000 students benefit from remote learning in Bahrain Bahrain’s public and private educational institutes are offering lessons online and through specified broadcast channels News | Comms Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:22:42 +0400 Huawei furthers digital transformation agenda in Saudi Arabia Appoints Terry He as CEO to oversee Saudi operations News | Comms Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:32:15 +0400 Pakistan’s telecoms sector generates $3.34bn in revenues for FY2019 All four of Pakistan’s mobile network operators have now launched 5G trials, with the launch of 5G expected to push up revenues in 2021 News | Comms Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:27:38 +0400 The future is bright if telcos can first weather the Covid19 storm A new industry report has suggested that the global telecoms industry will learn valuable lessons from the real world applications of the Covid19 pandemic News | Comms Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:57:12 +0400 Huawei announces UAE launch date for the P40 pro The latest release in Huawei’s P series of flagship smartphones will deliver high power, 5G connectivity and cutting edge photography News | Comms Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:01:19 +0400 Zoho waives fees on apps for 20,000 small businesses Lightens financial burden on small business customers due to the coronavirus outbreak News | Comms Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:47:38 +0400 BT sells off Tikit in the UK, raising around £80m The legal and accounting firm has been acquired by UK software firm, Advanced News | Comms Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:14:38 +0400 Ericsson wins 5G deployment deal with SmarTone in Hong Kong As part of the deal, Ericsson will deploy its Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology across SmarTone’s network News | Comms Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:42:35 +0400 TRA announces measures to ensure health sector connectivity during Covid19 outbreak The country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has announced a raft of measures to ensure that the UAE’s health sector remains connected to vital network services News | Comms Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:35:06 +0400 Covid19 outbreak to delay launch of Apple’s first 5G iPhone The iPhone 12 launch could be delayed due to supply chain issues brought about by the Covid19 epidemic News | Comms Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:26:59 +0400 MTN Group signs up Ericsson for Network Managed Operations in Benin MTN Group has more than 240 million subscribers across Africa News | Comms Wed, 25 Mar 2020 06:04:18 +0400 Etisalat launches distance learning and business continuity packages to combat Covid19 pandemic The new services will allow customers to stay better connected during the Coronavirus pandemic News | Comms Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:39:40 +0400 Bouygues and Phoenix Tower International deal to boost rural connectivity in France The new deal will help Bouygues boost mobile network coverage in rural areas across France News | Comms Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:10:18 +0400 Rakuten joins open access research group to fast track open source network technology Last year, Rakuten launched the world’s first end to end fully virtualized cloud native network, built on open access technology News | Comms Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:01:44 +0400 Is Facebook about to invest $1bn in India’s Reliance Jio? Reports in the UK press suggest that the potential deal could be cancelled due to the economic impact of the current Covid19 epidemic News | Comms Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:51:57 +0400 Lenovo partners with SentinelOne for AI powered endpoint security Customers will be able to deliver real-time prevention, ActiveEDR, IoT security, and cloud workload protection powered by patented Behavioral AI News | Comms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:42:42 +0400 BT Group to sell off its French operations for €118 million BT Group has also sold off a number of assets in Latin America this week News | Comms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:58:59 +0400 5G and next generation connectivity underpin strong financials for Etisalat in 2019 Etisalat’s board has approved a dividend of 80 fils per share, following strong FY2019 report News | Comms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:48:11 +0400 Indian telcos request emergency access to additional spectrum to during Covid19 quarantine The Cellular Operators Association of India has written to the India's Department of Telecoms to request access to additional spectrum News | Comms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 02:48:47 +0400 Orange sets up dedicated crisis unit to overcome the challenges posed by Covid19 Orange group has around 266 million subscribers spread across the globe News | Comms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 02:33:25 +0400 Chinese operators lose 15m mobile subscribers in Covid19 pandemic China remains the world’s biggest telecoms market, with an estimated 1.4 billion mobile subscribers News | Comms Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:30:57 +0400 Softbank announces colossal $41bn asset sale programme in bid to rein in debt The announcement comes on the heels of a $4.5bn share buyback initiative announced earlier this year News | Comms Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:22:20 +0400 Zain Bahrain renews partnership with StartUp Bahrain The deal will place Zain Bahrain at the heart of the country’s thriving start-up and SME sector News | Comms Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:17:38 +0400 Etisalat launches Business Edge platform for enterprise customers in the Middle East The platform will provide a suite of unified communications solutions, to streamline workflows for small and medium sized enterprises News | Comms Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:10:41 +0400 Seven GCC tech start-ups entered Bahrain’s ICT space in 2019 Bahrain is establishing itself as a regional hub for fin tech start-ups, thanks to its nimble, innovative regulatory environment News | Comms Sun, 22 Mar 2020 01:12:55 +0400 BT steps up to the plate and offers UK customers unlimited broadband during the Covid19 pandemic The UK’s biggest telco has removed data caps for its home broadband customers News | Comms Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:07:52 +0400 Investment in next-gen spectrum is the key, as Zain Group posts strong financials for 2019 Zain Group says that its huge investment in 5G rollouts in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and network expansion are paying off, with a subsequent 5G launch in Bahrain coming shortly News | Comms Sun, 22 Mar 2020 10:17:12 +0400 Portugal prepares to auction 5G spectrum in June The country expects to launch its first commercial 5G services by the end of the year News | Comms Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:35:54 +0400 Telenor to consolidate its Asian subsidiaries under single business unit Jorgen C Arentz Rostup is set to head up the newly created Asian business unit News | Comms Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0400 Dell: Cyber attacks and disruptive events affect 80 per cent of organisations in the MEA region Dell Technologies’ Global Data Protection Index 2020 Snapshot shines a light on the key challenges impacting data protection readiness affecting 1,000 IT decision makers across 15 EMEA countries News | Comms Thu, 19 Mar 2020 03:38:17 +0400 BearingPoint//Beyond powers next generation BSS for BNet’s nationwide fibre network in Bahrain BNet will provide wholesale fibre network access to all of Bahrain’s licenced telecoms operators News | Comms Thu, 19 Mar 2020 03:00:32 +0400 Orange Egypt and Avaya boost distance learning initiatives, as Egypt ramps up response to Covid19 pandemic Orange Egypt and Avaya collaborate to enable distance learning in Egypt as schools and universities close News | Comms Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:45:51 +0400 India to launch its first 5G test lab in Q3 2020 India remains the world’s second largest telecoms market but is still some way off of announcing commercial 5G rollout News | Comms Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:49:29 +0400 Ericsson wins 5G launch deal in Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom and Ericsson have been working together on 5G research and development since 2017 News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:10:12 +0400 Telefonica launches 4G and 5G Open RAN tests Telefonica will partner with a number of pioneering Open RAN firms to fast track open access solutions in Europe and South America News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 04:45:21 +0400 Google Cloud appoints new MD to oversee growth in India Google Cloud is attempting to increase its market share in India’s cloud computing sector, where it competes with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon Web Services News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 04:00:37 +0400 Airtel waves mobile money fees in Kenya to combat Covid19 pandemic The move is intended to allow people to conduct more business online, as they try to avoid unnecessary social contact News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 01:47:49 +0400 NTT Docomo prepares for Japanese 5G launch in March The network will launch in 150 towns and cities, scaling up to 500 locations inside 12 months News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:03:28 +0400 Indian telcos must pay full AGR dues now, as Supreme Court quashes request for 20 year payment terms India’s highest court has also questioned why the Department of Telecoms has allowed the country’s telecoms giants to self-assess the amount they owe News | Comms Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:36:59 +0400 Ericsson wins AI RAN contract with Japan’s NTT Docomo The pair have been collaborating closely on a number of 4G and 5G projects News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 05:13:46 +0400 du supports remote learning for schools and universities in the UAE Prepaid and postpaid customers will have access to school educational websites without additional data charges, while selected VOIP applications and Skype for Business will be available for fixed-line users News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 04:20:32 +0400 MTN Group agrees to pay $100m in taxes as it prepares for Ugandan listing MTN Group will also secure a licence to operate in Uganda for the next 14 years News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 02:47:01 +0400 2,900 jobs to go, as Carphone Warehouse set to close in the UK The former High Street giant will close its stores in the UK in April News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 01:56:08 +0400 DoT asks India’s Supreme Court to grant 20 year AGR payment terms, or risk industry collapse Collectively, India’s beleaguered telecoms operators and internet service providers owe a combined $193 billion in AGR dues, charges and late payment penalties News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:58:15 +0400 France slaps Apple with €1.1bn anti-competition fine France’s anti competition authority has issued its biggest ever fine to the US smartphone manufacturer News | Comms Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:47:14 +0400 Honor 9X PRO available for pre-order in the UAE The latest addition to the X series will be powered by the new Kirin 810 octa-core processor News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 03:11:45 +0400 CommScope: 2020 will be a critical year for wireless operators as they rollout 5G for enterprises 5G and LTE connectivity will revolutionise the business environment across the world as operators rollout 5G and bolster their LTE and LTE-M networks News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 01:59:52 +0400 Vodafone Idea clears its AGR debts… or does it? Vodafone Idea has now made payment of the full principal amount that it owes regarding its AGR dues – but it could still end up owing billions of dollars in associated charges and penalties News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:19:35 +0400 Huawei becomes Europe’s most prolific filer of technology patents Huawei beat regional rivals Samsung and LG to the tech patent top spot in 2019 News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:53:55 +0400 FCC gives T-Mobile emergency access to additional spectrum, as connectivity demands soars during Covid19 pandemic The FCC applauded T-Mobile’s application for additional spectrum and said it was happy to grant the request as part of its Keep America Connected drive News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:47:16 +0400 Ofcom puts more 5G spectrum up for auction in the UK The regulator hopes that providing more spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz bands will boost 5G speeds and availability in the UK News | Comms Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0400 Telenor Pakistan: Operators must be open to network sharing for 5G Speaking to the media at a ceremony marking 15 years of participation in Pakistan’s telecoms sector, Telenor Pakistan’s CEO said that operators must work together to lessen the financial burden of 5G News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 04:16:49 +0400 Aruba helps telcos extend 5G footprint into enterprises Aims to deliver seamless, secure mobility between cellular and enterprise networks with carrier-grade quality of service News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 03:12:33 +0400 Google Cloud and AT&T team up to deliver 5G MEC solutions for US enterprises The partnership will fast track 5G MEC use cases in the enterprise sector News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 01:50:50 +0400 Vodafone UK, Three and O2 CEOs go into self-isolation, as BT boss tests positive for Covid19 Philip Jansen has tested positive for Covid19, just days after meeting with the heads of the UK's mobile network operators News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 12:34:31 +0400 US telcos and ISPs band together to fight the spread of Covid19 US regulator, the FCC, launches “Keep America Connected” initiative, in response to Covid19 pandemic News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 11:31:41 +0400 Omantel partners with Ericsson to manage its multi-access mobile networks The deal will allow Omantel to take advantage of a range of NFVI functionalities News | Comms Sun, 15 Mar 2020 10:18:01 +0400 Operators need to be agile, quick and open as we move into the 5G era As operators look to evolve their product portfolios we asked Paul Saunders, GVP Sales, Openet how telecoms operators can evolve to become more than mere purveyors of dumb pipes News | Comms Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0400 How can telcos capitalise on data monetisation and mobile advertising opportunities in Africa? As Africa becomes a ‘mobile first’ market, businesses across the continent will be looking to boost their advertising spend over mobile platforms – so how can operators capitalise on this huge opportunity? CommsMEA spoke to Kerstin Trikalitis, CEO, Out There Media, to find out News | Comms Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0400 Ericsson lowers the cost of 5G ownership for telcos Ericsson has signed more than 80 5G launch deals with operators around the world News | Comms Thu, 12 Mar 2020 03:45:43 +0400 Esharah wins secure systems contract for Expo 2020 Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions to provide secure site-wide telecommunications News | Comms Thu, 12 Mar 2020 01:43:46 +0400 Mobile subscriptions in Nigeria surge to 185.74 million MTN Group remains the country’s biggest mobile network operator News | Comms Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:56:50 +0400 Orange launches financial services in Morocco Orange now offers financial services and products in eighteen distinct markets News | Comms Thu, 12 Mar 2020 09:46:57 +0400 HPE launches 5G portfolio to fast track next-gen connectivity in MENA HPE’s range of as-a-Service products will encourage the development of open 5G networks in the region News | Comms Wed, 11 Mar 2020 03:53:34 +0400 How can telcos prepare themselves for imminent Coronavirus disruption? A new report by Gartner suggests that businesses should focus on three immediate actions to prepare themselves for potential workplace disruption News | Comms Wed, 11 Mar 2020 01:57:37 +0400 Rob Shuter to step down as CEO of MTN Group Rob Shuter has presided over a period of sustained growth for MTN Group, who now boast more than 250 million subscribers across Africa News | Comms Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:11:49 +0400 UK government defeats backbench rebellion over Huawei’s 5G role A motion to force UK telcos to stop working with ‘high risk vendors’ by the end of 2022 has been defeated in the House of Commons News | Comms Wed, 11 Mar 2020 11:07:04 +0400 Zain steps up sustainability focus with publication of circular economy report The new report looks at the challenges and opportunities involved for telcos in confronting the climate change emergency News | Comms Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:44:48 +0400 Nokia secures ambitious 5G deal with Rakuten in Japan The deal will see Nokia provide a range of 5G solutions for Rakuten Mobile News | Comms Tue, 10 Mar 2020 04:28:53 +0400 Ooredoo partners with Huawei for international 5G rollout Ooredoo will partner with Huawei in Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, Indonesia and the Maldives News | Comms Tue, 10 Mar 2020 03:24:25 +0400 UAE’s enterprise sector set for exponential growth in hybrid cloud uptake Nutanix has released the latest edition of its Enterprise Cloud Index report News | Comms Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:27:02 +0400