Batelco introduces 5G roaming with du in the UAE

Following Zain Group’s regional milestone announcement in November 2019 that its operations in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had successfully launched the first 5G roaming service across the MENA region, Bahrain telco Batelco has announced partnering with the UAE’s du to deliver 5G international roaming services in the UAE.

Batelco becomes the first operator in Bahrain to provide 5G roaming services outside of the Kingdom

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Vodacom pledges 5G launch in South Africa in 2020

South Africa’s Vodacom Group has unveiled plans to launch 5G in its home market in 2020 despite issues acquiring spectrum from the country’s regulator.

Vodacom also revealed a 6.6 per cent year-on-year increase in Group revenue to ZAR23.6 billion (US$1.59 billion) in its fiscal Q3 to end-December

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Saudi Arabia to double the number of MVNOs with the offer of two new licenses

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has tendered two new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licenses, which “will likely boost investment opportunities in the telecom industry, support entrepreneurship and enhance the content industry as well as service diversification,” CITC Governor, Mohammed Altamimi is quoted as saying.

Virgin Mobile Saudi and Jawraa Lebara were licensed in 2014, operating on STC’s and Mobily’s networks respectively

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Orange inaugurates regional head office in Casablanca

Orange has officially inaugurated its new Middle East and Africa (MEA) operational head office in Casablanca, Morocco from where it will direct activities across its 18 countries of presence in the region. The operator counted a total of 125 million customers in the MEA as of October 30, 2019.

Orange will direct activities across its 18 countries of presence in the region from its new headquarters. The operator counted a total of 125 million customers in the MEA as of October 30, 2019

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DIFC receives cyber threat intelligence platform

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has announced plans to launch a cyber threat intelligence platform to help firms in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) implement appropriate safeguards to mitigate cyber risks. The platform is the result of cooperation and collaboration with the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC), the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) and the Computer Incident Response Centre Luxembourg (CIRCL). Leading international cyber security specialists, including Help AG (Saudi and UAE operations of which were acquired by UAE telco Etisalat in September this year); Kaspersky; Palo Alto Networks; Cofense; and Recorded Future are contributing to the development of the platform.

The platform will provide cyber threat intelligence to the entire DIFC, creating a cyber community and ecosystem accessible to all DIFC businesses
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