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Continuing to shape the way in which people enjoy the internet, Ooredoo has successfully upgraded 14 of its Home Broadband Network sites with massive multiple-input and multiple-output (Massive MIMO) in preparation for the roll-out of 5G.

Beirut, Lebanon - Nokia and Alfa, Lebanon's first mobile operator managed by Orascom TMT, will deploy 4.5G Pro technology using the Nokia AirScale 5G-ready radio platform following a recent successful test of the technology. With this, Alfa will be able to introduce Gigabit LTE speeds for its subscribers.

CAIRO, Egypt – November 1, 2018 – Etisalat Misr and MediaTek today announced the commercial launch of next generation voice & video calling technologies - VoLTE & ViLTE - for the first time in the Middle East and Africa regions.

(Hong Kong, 24 October 2018) SmarTone collaborates with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Ericsson to showcase the power of 5G data connectivity in Hong Kong during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit.

Doha, 27 August 2018: The transformative potential of 5G to improve how we live and work and fulfil Qatar’s potential came closer to reality yesterday as Vodafone Qatar announced the switching on its first, live 5G network.

Doha, 29 July 2018: Vodafone Qatar has ramped up for 5G with the first tests successfully conducted using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band allocated for 5G.

Vodafone Qatar’s engineers are already laying the groundwork for a 5G network at more than 50 sites in key locations across strategic cities in the country.

Manama, June 2018 – H.E Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, H.E. Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Capital Governor, Dr. Mohammed Alamer, TRA Chairman, Shaikh Nasir Al Khalifa, TRA Managing Director (A) and Mr.

Zain, the largest telecommunications company in Kuwait, has launched the first integrated 5G technology on its network, which will provide high-speed communications with high efficiency.

[Tunis, Tunisia, May 31, 2018] A test of ‘All Business Connected@LTE’ technologies, including 4T4R, Carrier Aggregation, and 256QAM, jointly performed by Tunisie Telecom and Huawei saw a single user peak throughput of 706.14 Mbps acheived on a commercial network - a record-breaking high for Tunisia.

Recently, in the ‘ Conference of China’s IoT Industrial Ecology and Inaugurating Meeting for IoT Ecological Alliance in 2018’, Zhu Xiaotian, the general manager of China Unicom IoT Company expressed that, currently China Unicom has realized IoT national coverage, apart from promoting NB-IoT, they will also accelerate deploying network capabilities of eMTC, and it is estimated to activate the co

The availability of 5G services in the UAE is one step closer to reality as du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today announced its full readiness and ongoing network evolution to offer 5G network during the course of 2018.  This is ahead of the anticipated commercial rollout of the 3GPP compliant 5G terminals in 2019.  

HRH Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the eastern region, launched the first live 5G network of STC, for the first time in MENA launched. This launching is the initial phase for operating the service once 5G available in the global markets.

Ooredoo has today announced that the company is the first operator in the world to launch a live 5G network on the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.

Abu Dhabi, 14 May 2018: Etisalat today announced the launch of the first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE becoming the first telecom operator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to achieve this technological milestone and set a industry benchmark

Doha, 5 May 2018: Vodafone Qatar announced that it is the first telecom operator in the country to deploy the latest data technology evolution and features on its world class network.

Vodafone Qatar customers are now experiencing enhanced data speeds that can reach up to 700 Mbps which allows for seamless online streaming and superfast downloads of movies and games.

As part of its network enhancement in different governorates across the Kingdom, Orange Jordan’s CEO Jérôme Hénique announced the company's rollout of the advanced 4G+ service in different areas in the south governorates, and the launch of the revamped Home Broadband offers.

2018 The 2nd China Telecommunication Industry IoT Conference was held on April 12th, Chen Xiaotian, general manager of China Unicom IoT business department and dean of IoT Research Institute, said on the conference that China Unicom IoT Company has obtained full license in last month, which was registered in Nanjing with CNY 400 million, the company will act as China Unicom’s IoT platform for f

As the Sultanate’s digital leader, Ooredoo has delivered, Internet of Things (IoT) network and eco-system using LoRaWAN technology. A first-of-its-kind in the region, this landmark step is part of the company’s commitment to accelerate the SMART Government Initiatives and create a highly intelligent, autonomous and efficient utility system.

700 MHz band is a golden frequency band suitable for mobile communication, yet its allocation still remains unsettled and attracts much attention in telecommunication industry and radio and television industry.

Etisalat Digital today announced its strategic agreement with Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) to provide them with M2M connectivity solutions to empower their smart metering project that will enable advanced services to all FEWA customers.

Vodafone Group today announced that Qatar Foundation will acquire Vodafone Europe B.V.’s 51% stake in the joint venture company - Vodafone and Qatar Foundation LLC - that controls Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C. (“Vodafone Qatar” or the “Company”).

Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Dr. Ghazi Al Jbour, Orange Jordan officially announced the launch of the advanced 4G+ services (LTE- A Pro).

Entering of 2018 means that we are one step forward in witnessing the commercial use of 5G. In 2017, 5G was absolutely a hot topic in the communications industry: Relevant standards, technologies, and layers made progress in several areas, mainstream vendors successively launched their pre-commercial products, and certain carriers actively carried out field tests.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world.

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