In light of Egypt’s preparation of the national strategy for AI, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has received Ambassador of Finland to Egypt Laura Kansikas-Debraise, where they discussed enhancing cooperation in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Read more: Egypt’s AI aspirations materialize with new cooperation

On Monday the 13th of May 2019, Whatsapp admitted yet to another breach in their security system: enabling targeting spyware to be installed on phones through voice calls. An Israeli spying firm indeed has been accused of using that security hole in Whatsapp used by 1.5 billion people.

Read more: Can banks still trust “Whatsapp Business” after major security breach?

MEF is pleased to announce two major developments related to MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata APIs. MEF launched the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program for inter-provider service automation, with an initial focus on automating ordering of MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Access E-Line services. Simultaneously, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK (Software Development Kit) Release 3 with APIs for inter-provider serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. Together, these important steps will accelerate implementation of standardized LSO Sonata APIs worldwide, driving frictionless inter-provider business processes and faster service delivery across the service provider community. 

Read more: MEF launches the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program

As Facebook owns WhatsApp, it has started recently sending verification codes for new users’ registration through WhatsApp instead of sending them through the usual SMS. This step will cause huge revenue losses to mobile operators and will place Facebook into serious and direct competition with mobile operators.

Read more: Facebook carries on its war on mobile operators

West Africa’s mobile ecosystem generated more than $50 billion in economic value last year – equivalent to 8.7% of the region’s GDP, according to a new GSMA study. The study finds that rising mobile phone ownership and the ongoing migration to mobile broadband networks and services across the region will see the mobile ecosystem’s economic contribution continue to increase over the coming years, forecast to reach almost $70 billion (9.5 per cent of GDP) by 2023.

Read more: Mobile ecosystem enabling economic growth in West Africa

Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communication and Information Technology confirmed that 5G will be deployed for the first time in Egypt in the framework of the Africa Cup of Nations which will be held from 21 June till 19 July. Huawei will cooperate with Telecom Egypt to bring 5G technology experience to Egypt.

Read more: Egypt set to experience 5G as of June 2019