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Israel encourages cell site partnerships to lower costs

Israel encourages cell site partnerships to lower costs

Israel’s Minister of Communications Yoaz Hendel has announced plans to incentivize cellular companies to maintain cell site partnerships, which will include sharing passive network components, such as the mast, structure and electricity, along with antenna sharing.
Zain Bahrain announces NB-IoT deployment

Zain Bahrain announces NB-IoT deployment

Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications operator in Bahrain and part of the mobile voice and data services group that has a commercial footprint in seven Middle Eastern and African countries, has said that it has deployed the “most innovative Internet of...
Rain reins in South African merger claim

Rain reins in South African merger claim

Following news that the South African government is unhappy with mobile-data-only network operator Rain suggesting a potential merger between it and rival Telkom, Rain has, in effect, reined in its claim.
Jordan gets ready for the introduction of 5G

Jordan gets ready for the introduction of 5G

According to local press reports, Jordan has taken the first steps towards formalising 5G adoption, after the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) signed an agreement late last week with two operators, Orange and Umniah, in preparation for the introduction of 5G services in...
MTN secures Afghan unit sale for $35m

MTN secures Afghan unit sale for $35m

MTN Group accepted a US$35 million offer for its Afghanistan operation to finalise its exit from Middle Eastern markets, as it reported revenue growth in its latest financial results.
Malaysia and Thailand join Google’s cloud regions

Malaysia and Thailand join Google’s cloud regions

To meet what it describes as growing demand for cloud services in Asia-Pacific, Google has announced plans to bring new Google Cloud regions to Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand. This is addition to similar plans for Berlin, Dammam, Doha, Mexico, Tel Aviv and Turin announced in July.
Ethio Telecom unveils financial services

Ethio Telecom preps financial services

State-owned Ethio Telecom released three new mobile financial services, a move to remain competitive against Safaricom which recently set up a base in the formerly closed-off Ethiopian market.
Botswana revenue service signs product-tracking deal

Botswana revenue service signs product-tracking deal

The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) has signed a ten-year contract with authentication solutions company Authentix, under the terms of which Authentix will provide a marketplace governance programme to BURS for the digital marking and tracking of tobacco and alcohol products.
PLDT plans Philippines 3G shutdown

PLDT plans Philippines 3G shutdown

Philippines-based integrated telecommunications giant PLDT has been in the news recently after announcing plans to close down its 3G network. It has also announced the activation of a trans-Pacific cable system.
Safaricom chair Joseph takes on Ethiopian role

Safaricom chair Joseph takes on Ethiopian role

In a fascinating development very close to the launch of its new venture in Ethiopia, Kenya’s Safaricom has announced that current chairman of the board Michael Joseph has stepped down to lead the company’s Ethiopian campaign.