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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STC refreshes brand across Saudi, Kuwait and Bahrain

Saudi Arabia telco STC has launched a new unified brand identity across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain to enhance its performance and role as a leading digital enabler in the region. The telco was established in 1998, and its refreshed brand identity marks a transformational new journey in digital services as the telco moves into digital payments, media, and entertainment.


MTN to resurrect mobile money in January

MTN Group’s mobile money service is set to go live in January 2020 in South Africa, allowing customers to send, receive, save money and pay for goods using their mobile phones.

MoMo will run on the Ericsson Converged Wallet, and during the initial phase will be available to MTN customers and offer basic services

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