Kaspersky continues to rehabilitate image

Kaspersky has announced that data from customers in the United States and Canada will soon be moved and processed in Switzerland, in a development that mirrors a similar move of core data processes from Russia to Switzerland.

Kaspersky has pledged to move data and processes from US and Canada clients to Switzerland

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Service operators search for revenue boost to match geographic expansion of 5G

Ericsson expects the global number of 5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion within the next six years, according to its November 2019 edition of the Ericson Mobility Report.

Operators such as Zain Group are hard at work trying to drive 5G economies of scale, having recently announced that its flagship operation in Kuwait had introduced commercial 5G roaming with its counterpart in Saudi Arabia

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Zain Bahrain signs up Ericsson for 5G

Zain Bahrain has selected Ericsson to build its 5G network in the kingdom, with the first commercial 5G services expected to go live before the end of 2019. Spanning Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G Core products and solutions, the contract will see Zain Bahrain’s network modernized from LTE to 5G.


Shaikh Ahmed, Zain Bahrain Chairman and
Börje Ekholm, CEO of Ericsson, signing the 5G agreement

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Securing “The World’s Greatest Show”

I was recently visiting London and came away surprised by just how far the awareness-raising campaign for Expo 2020 has broken through internationally. Billboards and prime-time television commercial spots communicated the virtues of the upcoming “world’s greatest show,” which at fewer than 50 weeks away, is fast becoming a reality.  

EY forecasts Expo will boost the UAE’s economy by AED 122.6 billion (US$ 33.4 billion) and support 905,200 job-years between 2013 and 2031

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October marks a significant watershed for commercial 5G deployments

The month of October was a massive one for commercial 5G deployments globally, commencing with the 20-city network launched by Zain in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the month, and ending with China’s three main service providers – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom – announcing the commercial availability of 5G services in parts of 50 cities across the country. The operators claim the launch is the largest 5G rollout in the world to-date, coming just six months after the government issued concessions.

China is forecast to have 36 per cent of its mobile customer base on 5G by 2025

Combined, the three cellcos deployed approximately 86,000 5G base stations and expect to have more than 130,000 in place by year-end. Market leader China Mobile aims to install 50,000 sites by end-December, while China Unicom and China Telecom have each targeted about 40,000.

GSMA Intelligence forecasts that China will have 36 per cent of its mobile customer base on 5G by 2025. Because of its huge population this translates to 600 million subscribers – roughly 40 per cent of the entire global 5G market at that time.