Econet Zimbabwe to introduce embedded SIM devices

Econet Zimbabwe and telco solutions provider Workz Group have announced a deal to offer subscribers in Zimbabwe network connectivity via embedded SIM devices such as the iPhone XS/XR/11 and Microsoft Surface Pro X. Users will now be able to connect to Econet’s network without a physical SIM. A market launch is expected in the coming months.

The collaboration between Workz and Econet is expected to make Zimbabwe only the second country in Africa to adopt the next-generation SIM technology

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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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Zain introduces international 5G roaming

Zain Group has announced a regional milestone as its operations in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia successfully launch the first 5G roaming service across the MENA region, with download speeds as high as 500 Mbps for both outbound and inbound roaming.  

Zain Kuwait and Saudi Arabia between them count over 550 4G and 3G roaming agreements in over 215 countries

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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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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.