Omantel extends managed services deal with Ericsson

Omantel has renewed and expanded its managed services agreement with Ericsson for a further five years, with the renewed agreement being more outcome-based and customer-centric.

Ericsson will provide a fully managed end-to-end multi-vendor operations service to Omantel

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MTN Group CEO opts to depart after expiry of fixed contract

South Africa-headquartered MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter will step down from his role at the end of his fixed four-year contract in March 2021, having given no explanation why he would not seek to stay on beyond that date.

Shuter has given no explanation why he would not seek to stay on beyond March 2021

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Nokia CEO, Rajeev Suri to step down as vendor considers its options

Nokia CEO and president, Rajeev Suri, is set to step down from his position later this year, to be replaced by Pekka Lundmark, currently CEO and president of energy company Fortum. The move comes as Nokia struggles to keep pace with the global shift to 5G.

Suri became Nokia CEO in 2014, having joined the company in 1995 and following Microsoft’s acquisition of the Finnish vendor’s handset division

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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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