STC increases Wi-Fi coverage 206% for Hajj pilgrims

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:57
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) said it increased Wi-Fi coverage in Makkah and Holy Sites to prepare for pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj. The coverage includes tunnels, bridges, and a number of public utilities in Mina which received pilgrims to start their Tarwiah day on August 30. The Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that can be carried out at least once in…

Huawei and Deutsche Telekom achieve pre-standard 5G network

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 06:59
Germany’s leading telecom provider Deutsche Telekom went live with a 5G connection on its commercial network in central Berlin on Sept. 1, at over 2Gbps and a low latency of 3 milliseconds over a 3.7 gigahertz spectrum link. Powered by Huawei user equipment using 3GPP specifications for 5G New Radio (NR), the deployment on commercial sites is the first in Europe. “5G New Radio will be critical for meeting our customers’ ever-increasing connectivity requirements that are steadily growing with more…
US telecommunications incumbent AT&T has announced that it will expand its 5G trials to three additional US cities by the end of the year. The operator has already adopted an aggressive approach to developing the next-generation technology - but its latest statement is indicative of its desire to ramp up operations in its attempts to be in a position to deploy 5G technology by the end of 2018. In a statement released to the press, the US telecommunications colossus said…
US telecommunications incumbent AT&T has announced that it will expand its 5G trials to three additional US cities by the end of the year. The operator has already adopted an aggressive approach to developing the next-generation technology - but its latest statement is indicative of its desire to ramp up operations in its attempts to be in a position to deploy 5G technology by the end of 2018. In a statement released to the press, the US telecommunications colossus said…
Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications incumbent Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire a 55% stake in Turk Telecom - in a deal reportedly worth around $3.9 billion. Oger Telecom is the majority shareholder in Turk Telecom, but it is currently in dire straits financially - and is willingly to sell off its stake in the Turkish operator. Sources close to both STC and Oger Telecom have claimed negotiations between the two organizations is on-going, but noted that…

Vodacom redeems itself for billing system error

Written on Monday, 04 September 2017 07:32
South Africa-based telecommunications company Vodacom said in a statement that it will give all customers affected by a recent billing systems error a 500MB bundle for free, over and above the airtime and data refunds processed by the company. The system error, which impacted certain prepaid and top up customers, was caused by a configuration change on Vodacom’s prepaid and top up billing system. Vodacom swiftly isolated the problem and rolled the process back. The company worked to ensure that…

Hong Kong’s SmarTone successfully trials LAA with Ericsson

Written on Monday, 04 September 2017 07:01
Ericsson and SmarTone, the leading mobile network operator in Hong Kong, have taken a significant step toward 5G with the successful trial of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in a live over-the-air demonstration in Hong Kong. LAA allows the use of unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band in combination with licensed spectrum. By doing this, subscribers get an enhanced mobile broadband experience with even more capacity and faster speeds while operators make efficient use of unlicensed spectrum resources. “SmarTone is…

Zain Iraq upgrading network to meet growing data demands

Written on Monday, 04 September 2017 06:08
Zain Iraq, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Zain Group, has selected Ericsson to upgrade its existing network using the Swedish telecom equipment vendor’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) offering to meet the growing data demands of its customers in the region. Under this collaboration, Ericsson will modernize the current infrastructure of Zain Iraq’s network by implementing a solution that will enable the operator to quickly introduce new services for customers, while maintaining high performance network requirements. Ericsson will modernize Zain Iraq’s…

Data fuels growth in Thailand’s mobile industry

Written on Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:30
Increased data usage fueled growth in Thailand’s mobile industry in the first half of 2017, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board. Pricing competition in the sector dropped, and overall Thailand’s economy increased by the fastest rate in four years. Thailand’s GDP rose 3.7 percent year-on-year in Q2 2017 after annual growth of 3.3 percent reported in Q1. The country’s three leading mobile operators – AIS, True Move and Telenor-owned dtac – saw service revenue increase 8 percent…
Three of China’s state-run mobile operators have posted positive financial results for the first-half of 2017, after enduring a difficult 2016. China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile all made solid gains on their bottom line, largely due to the continued rapid demand for data and 4G uptake. All three entities suffered a decline in earnings during 2016 - but in the first-half of this year they’ve made a combined profit of CYN 77.6 billion ($11.6 billion) compared with a…

Vodafone Australia takes action to deliver better broadband

Written on Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:26
Vodafone Australia unveiled plans to deliver “much needed simplicity” and service innovation for customers connecting to the nbn (“Australia’s new broadband network” replacing parts of the existing phone and internet infrastructure) in a bid to lift the fixed broadband experience in the country. As a new entrant to the fixed broadband market, Vodafone said it’s committed to resisting the status quo and driving change as it makes preparations to launch its nbn service. The service will initially launch in Sydney,…

Ooredoo Myanmar CEO quits following disappointing Q1

Written on Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:06
Ooredoo Myanmar’s former COO, Vikram Sinha, has taken on the role of interim chief executive officer, after former chief Rene Meza resigned. The news comes after Ooredoo Myanmar posted disappointing Q1 results for 2017 with revenues down 13 percent. Ooredoo said in a statement that Meza will be returning to his home country of Paraguay after playing a significant role helping to build Ooredoo’s Myanmar operation the last two years. Ross Cormack held the chief position before Meza took over…
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