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UAE's DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite launched

UAE's DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite launched

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched the DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite in collaboration with NanoAvionics, becoming the world’s first utility to use nanosatellites to improve the maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks.

GBI and Ciena partner to increase GCC capacity

GBI and Ciena partner to increase GCC capacity

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler whose multilayer terrestrial and subsea cable meshed network bridges the East to the West through the Middle East, is deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme, to increase its

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Ooredoo Qatar extends partnership with ZTE

Ooredoo Qatar extends partnership with ZTE

Qatari multinational telecommunications company Ooredoo Group has received a delegation of senior representatives of its partner, the Chinese partially state-owned technology company ZTE Corporation to sign an extension of their existing partnership.

Bezeq taps Ribbon to upgrade Israel network

Bezeq taps Ribbon to upgrade Israel network

Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq has selected Ribbon Communications to carry increasing IP traffic loads via a new flexgrid 400G optical backbone network with multi-degree DWDM (Dense Wave Division Multiplexing).

Omantel nine months revenue declines

Omantel nine months revenue declines

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, reported group revenue of RO 1,802.2 million (USD4.7 billion) for the first nine months of 2021, representing a decline of 3.1% compared to same period in 2020.

Zain net profit grows 5%, focusing on 5G and fibre

Zain net profit grows 5%, focusing on 5G and fibre

Zain Group, the mobile telecommunications services provider across the Middle East and North Africa, achieved growth in its net profits for the first nine months ended September 2021, increasing by 5% to 135 million dinars (450 million dollars).

Saudi Arabia plans to form mobile towers giant

Saudi Arabia plans to form mobile towers giant

Public Investment Fund (PIF), the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, is currently considering a deal to merge the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Zain Saudi Arabia’s cellular infrastructure in a process that the media outlets Bloomberg and Al Arabiya.net said would create the kingdom’s

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Saudi Arabia's STC picks PTT system from Motorola Solutions

Saudi Arabia's STC picks PTT system from Motorola Solutions

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), a Saudi Arabia-based digital company that offers telecommunications services, has selected Motorola Solutions to deliver a next-generation mission-critical Push-to-Talk (PTT) service to provide its customers with instant communication and collaboration capabilities.

Zain joins Kuwait Olympic Committee to develop gaming ecosystem

Zain joins KOC to develop gaming ecosystem

Zain Group, a mobile telecom service provider in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, announced that Zain Esports has partnered with the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC), to promote esports and the overall gaming ecosystem within Kuwait, with a forthcoming event positioned to fuel

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Bahrain Batelco’s profits rise 9% in 3Q

Bahrain Batelco’s profits rise 9% in 3Q

The net profit of the Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange, increased by 9% during the third quarter of 2021 to 15.7 million dinars ($ 41.6 million), compared to 14.4 million dinars (38. 2 million dollars) in the corresponding period of 2020.

Zain launches ZainTech to serve MENA telcos

Zain launches ZainTech to serve MENA telcos

Mobile Telecommunications Company Zain Group, which has presence in eight countries across the Middle East, announced the establishment of ZainTech, a new regional entity that unifies the group's ICT assets to offer comprehensive digital services for enterprise customers in the Middle East.

Ooredoo selects Ericsson for deploying BSS solutions in MENA

Ooredoo selects Ericsson for deploying BSS solutions in MENA

Qatari multinational telecommunications company Ooredoo has selected Ericsson for deploying its Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions under a five-year frame agreement for several operating companies across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Turkey’s SWF mulls Turk Telekom takeover

Turkey’s SWF mulls Turk Telekom takeover

Turkey Wealth Fund (TWF), the sovereign wealth fund (SWF) of the country, is considering a majority takeover of fixed and mobile operator Turk Telekom or Turk Telekomunikasyon (TT), according to a report by Bloomberg.

Moro Hub deploys Nozomi Networks OT/IoT solutions in ME

Moro Hub deploys Nozomi Networks OT/IoT solutions in ME

Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions), a subsidiary of UAE-based Digital DEWA, signed a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) agreement with Nozomi Networks, provider of Operational Technology (OT) and Internet of Things (IoT) security.

Open RAN software company expands in Israel and India

Open RAN software company expands in Israel and India

US-based open RAN software company Parallel Wireless has announced plans to continue growing its footprint across the globe with the expansion of its open RAN research and development work in a number of countries that include Israel and India as well as the US and UK.

Saudi Telecom unit seeks up to US$966m from IPO

Saudi Telecom unit seeks up to US$966m from IPO

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the provider of telecommunications services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said that its internet-services unit Arabian Internet and Communications Services Company is seeking to raise as much as 3.62 billion riyals (USD 966 million) from an initial public offering

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Saudi Arabia launches free domestic roaming service

Saudi Arabia launches free domestic roaming service

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Saudi Arabia announced the launch of the local roaming service, which aims mainly to maintain network service in villages and deserts covered by telecom services in all regions of the Kingdom.

AXESS supports Arabsat’s C-band requirements

AXESS supports Arabsat’s C-band requirements

AXESS Networks, a provider of connectivity solutions via satellite, has been chosen by the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) to provide connectivity and teleport services on the Appendix 30B C-band space segment on-board its Arabsat-5A

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Emerging markets spur smartphone growth

Emerging markets spur smartphone growth

Global smartphone shipments are continuing to grow – and that growth is being led by strong recovery in many emerging markets. That’s the view of market intelligence provider International Data Corporation (IDC) in the latest edition of its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

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