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SES and du demo satellite-enabled 5G backhaul

SES and du demo satellite-enabled 5G backhaul

Satellite operator SES and du from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), a leading telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates, say they have successfully demonstrated the first satellite-enabled 5G backhaul in the Middle East utilising SES’s medium earth orbit (MEO)...
Ericsson sets aside $220m for US DOJ

Ericsson sets aside $220m for US DOJ

Ericsson announced that it would put aside SEK2.3 billion (US$220m) as part of a potential resolution with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), regarding its alleged breaches under a deferred prosecution agreement.
Zain Iraq announces tower sale and leaseback deal

Zain Iraq announces tower sale and leaseback deal

Zain Group, a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa, has announced that its operation in Iraq has entered into a 15-year agreement to sell and lease back the passive physical infrastructure of its 4,968 tower portfolio in Iraq to TASC Towers Iraq for US$180...
Zain seals tower sale to PIF

Zain seals tower sale to PIF

Saudi operator Zain KSA sealed the sale of tower assets to the Saudi Public Investment Find (PIF) for SAR3.02 billion (US$803.5 million), a move to cut debt for the company.
DIEZ, Durq and du partner for 5G-powered smart city solutions

DIEZ, Durq and du partner for 5G-powered smart city solutions

Smart cities are back in the news in Dubai, where du, part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, has joined forces with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and Derq, a leading provider of AI analytics solutions for road safety and connected vehicles.
Ericsson launches 5G growth report for emerging markets

Ericsson launches 5G growth report for emerging markets

A report from Analysys Mason commissioned by Ericsson highlighted the potential economic, consumer and environmental benefits from 5G connectivity in 15 emerging markets, stating these countries could see GDP growth between 0.3% and 0.46% through 2035.
Zain KSA and Starlink announce cybersecurity MoU

Zain KSA and Starlink announce cybersecurity MoU

Saudi Arabian telecommunications services company Zain KSA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with StarLink, a value-added distributor (VAD) in cybersecurity, secure cloud and secure networking in the Middle East and Africa, for cybersecurity and cloud computing...
Helios makes data centre investments in Morocco and Kenya

Helios makes data centre investments in Morocco and Kenya

Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has announced plans for two landmark investments: the acquisitions of majority stakes in Maroc Datacenter (MDC), a carrier neutral data centre in Morocco, and in IXAfrica, a leading developer and operator...
Vodafone Oman extends partnership With Netcracker

Vodafone Oman extends partnership With Netcracker

Vodafone Oman has added analytics, DevOps processes and an integration layer to its ongoing engagement with Netcracker. This latest expansion to the partnership will, says Netcracker, further add to the operator’s data-driven capabilities, allowing it to grow and enhance its business and...
Orange opens 5G lab in Jordan

Orange opens 5G lab in Jordan

Orange expanded its 5G testbed programme into Jordan to explore new use cases using the new technology standard, as part of the operator’s long-term strategy to unlock more value from 5G before launching in the country.