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Orange Maroc acquires Casablanca-based data centre

Orange Maroc acquires Casablanca-based data centre

Orange Maroc, the Moroccan division of the multinational telecommunications company Orange, has acquired EtixEverywhere Maroc, part of European global data centre developer and operator EtixEverywhere. As part of this acquisition Orange is also to be the owner of a data centre in Casablanca,

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Nokia, Zain KSA deepen 5G collaboration

Nokia, Zain KSA deepen 5G collaboration

Nokia and Saudi operator Zain expanded their 5G partnership by deploying  60,000 units of the vendor’s FastMile 5G Gateway wireless broadband hub with eSIMs, across Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. 

Oman gives third operator the go-ahead

Oman gives third operator the go-ahead

Vodafone is now formerly recognised as the third mobile operator in Oman. A recent royal decree has mean that the company has obtained a first-class license to establish and operate public telecommunications services in the Sultanate.

STC claims first 5G carrier aggregation

STC claims first 5G carrier aggregation

Saudi operator STC hailed successful trials, in collaboration with Ericsson and MediaTek, to demonstrate the first global 5G carrier aggregation using low and mid-band spectrum, a move illustrating its 5G network development.

STC chief to depart role in 2021

STC chief to depart role in 2021

Saudi operator announced group chief executive officer Nasser Al Nasser resigned from his role and will depart the company on 28 March 2021, due to personal circumstances.

Zain KSA expands 5G to more of Dammam

Zain KSA expands 5G to more of Dammam

Zain KSA – the Saudi Arabian operator and part of Kuwaiti mobile telecommunications company the Zain Group – has announced the expansion of its 5G network coverage in Saudi Arabia to Dammam’s Second Industrial City.

Bezeq embarks on fibre network rollout

Bezeq embarks on fibre network rollout

Israeli operator Bezeq made good on a pledge to expand its fibre optic network with the completion of its fibre optic rollout in the town of Metulla, marking the first community in Israel to be entirely connected to the operator’s fibre network.

Saudi Arabia announces AI MoUs

Saudi Arabia announces AI MoUs

The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence (SDAIA) has been quick to add detail to its plans for artificial intelligence (AI) partnerships, with the signing of a number of MoUs during the kingdom’s recent Global AI Summit.

Saudi Arabia announces ambitious AI plans

Saudi Arabia announces ambitious AI plans

Saudi Arabia has launched a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. This initiative, widely reported in both the regional and international press, aims to attract $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030 and to make the country a global leader in the AI field.

Saudi regulator pushes digital regulation

Saudi regulator pushes digital regulation

Saudi Arabia watchdog the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) revealed it is on track to becoming a 5G regulator, while unveiling a strategy to leverage multiple facets of communications and technologies to spur the telecoms sector.

Lebanon government gets Touch back

Lebanon government gets Touch back

Zain Group will transfer management of state-owned operator Touch to the Lebanese government by the end of this month, reported Lebanon’s official National News Agency.

Orange makes Africa roaming pledge

Orange makes Africa data and roaming pledge

Orange committed its support to the Smart Africa Alliance’s One Africa Network project pledging new investments in Africa, to upgrade quality of service and data security for customers in the continent.

Looking towards 5G in Africa - ZTE’s Zhao Peng

Looking towards 5G in Africa - ZTE’s Darren Zhao

ZTE has been active in the African market since 1997, with business in this region and the Middle East overseen by the company’s President MEA, Darren Zhao. As the continent gears up for 5G adoption, we spoke to him to discuss ZTE’s past and future in Africa as well as the impact that the

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