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Tunisie Telecom to sideline 3G

Tunisie Telecom to sideline 3G

The latest nation looking to abandon 3G seems to be Tunisia, with an announcement that the state-owned incumbent Tunisie Telecom wants to get rid of 3G to focus on 4G.

Kuwait welcomes its first MVNO, courtesy of VMMEA

Kuwait welcomes its first MVNO, courtesy of VMMEA

Described as a key milestone in the company's regional expansion, the recent launch of Virgin Mobile Kuwait isn’t just a first for Virgin Mobile Middle East And Africa (VMMEA); this is, we are told, the first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Kuwait.

Ooredoo and Thunes partner for money transfer service

Ooredoo and Thunes partner for money transfer service

The rapid growth of mobile money-based services continues. Ooredoo Money Services, part of Qatar-headquartered operator Ooredoo, has announced a partnership with Thunes, a global payment services platform based in Singapore, to provide instant money transfers to multiple mobile wallets

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PIF and STC unite to boost IoT in Saudi Arabia

PIF and STC unite to boost IoT in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with total estimated assets of at least $500 billion, and Saudi telecommunications company STC Group have signed a joint venture agreement to establish a new company specializing in the Internet

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Algeria eyeing 5G launches this year

Algeria eyeing 5G launches this year

Algeria is in the process of clearing and optimising radio frequencies to be used for 5G as it prepares for a widespread launch of the technology “soon”, according to Telecoms Minister Karim Bibi Triki.

Zain KSA announces 5G LAN launch at MWC

Zain KSA announces 5G LAN launch at MWC

Saudi Arabian operator Zain KSA has announced its launch of a 5G local area network (5G LAN). This, it says, makes it the first operator in the Middle East and North Africa to adopt the technology. It made the announcement during MWC 2022.

Saudi Arabia’s CITC brings HAPS back into the headlines

Saudi Arabia’s CITC brings HAPS back into the headlines

High-altitude platform systems (HAPS) are again in the news after UK company Stratospheric Platforms Limited (SPL), a partner of German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom, successfully trialled pioneering technology that provides 5G network coverage from the stratosphere in Saudi

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Ooredoo highlights solutions and partnerships at MWC

Ooredoo highlights solutions and partnerships at MWC

At MWC 2022 international communications company Ooredoo says it plans to update the industry on the many developments it has been working on since the last edition of the event, and will share news of its latest partnerships, products and solutions.

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