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Egyptian state-owned telecom company Telecom Egypt is looking to increase its share in Egypt’s mobile market to 15 percent by 2022, Bloomberg reported. The company said it would only consider selling its 45 percent stake in Vodafone’s Egypt unit if it is able to reach “critical mass” in the Egyptian mobile market.
The Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) has recently announced the opening of its center of excellence "China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO" established in El Ghazala Technological Park, Tunis within the scope of the bilateral relationship between the League of Arab States and the People's Republic of China and the cooperation agreement signed by H.E. Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary General of AICTO and H.E. Mr. Chengai Ran , CEO of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) in Cairo, Egypt on the 20th of January 2016.
The 10th Telecom Review Summit kicked off in Lebanon on Friday April 13, 2018, gathering the country and region's most influential industry players under one ceiling. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, the Telecom Review Summit gathered over 450 attendees from over 18 countries, and hosted Lebanon's first 5G trial conducted by local telecom operator Alfa and Swedish vendor Ericsson.
MTN Nigeria and Huawei completed commercial deployment of the RuralStar 2.0 solution. The project provides low-cost long-distance voice and mobile broadband services for remote rural areas in Nigeria, helping to connect the unconnected. The voice and data traffic of new deployed RuralStar 2.0 sites exceed expectation, which reveals the enormous telecommunication demand in rural Nigeria.
Vodafone is exploring investment opportunities in Egypt and looking to expand its business plans in the field of outsourcing, according to a statement released after a meeting between Egypt’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Yasser ElKady, and Vodafone Group Plc. Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Nick Read.
Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, is a regional leader in providing cloud-based roaming and revenue management services to over 50 telecom carriers worldwide. Speaking to Telecom Review on the sidelines of the EDCH-hosted GSMA event WAS#7 in Dubai, General Manager Nasser Salim touted the company's suite of solutions that enable operators to offer seamless customer experiences.
Ahead of the Mobile World Congress, EXFO announced on the 28th of February its acquisition of Astellia. Combining EXFO's technologies with Astellia's technologies will create unprecedented solutions, Germain Lamonde, Founder and Executive Chairman of EXFO told Telecom Review.
As any seasoned traveler will know, international roaming rates for calls, data and SMS can be expensive. What if you could stay connected globally without carrier roaming charges? That's what Joseph Ged, former CEO of Ooredoo Algeria and board member of Ooredoo Tunisia, set out to accomplish. Speaking to Telecom Review, Ged talked up his new mobile service Wonet which allows you to make and receive free and cost-effective calls worldwide by using a "virtual number".