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Saudi regulator CITC awards licenses to two new MVNOs

Saudi regulator CITC awards licenses to two new MVNOs

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced that it has awarded licences to two new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), bringing the total number of mobile telecom companies in the country to seven.

Omantel, Huawei to establish ICT centre in Muscat

Omantel, Huawei to establish ICT centre in Muscat

Oman’s telecommunications services provider Omantel, and Huawei, the global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, have collaborated to establish a regional ICT training center to support talent development in the Sultanate.

Ooredoo rolls out eSim online purchase in Kuwait

Ooredoo rolls out eSim online purchase in Kuwait

Ooredoo Telecom is now the first telecom operator in Kuwait and region to offer customers the ability to conduct a complete purchasing process of a new eSIM online and without any physical interaction or signature utilizing “Kuwait Mobile ID”, a mobile application provided by the Public

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Saudi plans for spectrum delight Wi-Fi supporters

Saudi plans for spectrum delight Wi-Fi supporters

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has issued what it calls its Three-year Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use of the Spectrum in Saudi Arabia – and Wi-Fi supporters appear to be very happy with the contents.

Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Operator STC Kuwait and a Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa-led consortium have received an MVNO license from Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). This makes Virgin Mobile Kuwait, as the service will be known, the country’s first MVNO.

Nokia, Zain KSA deepen 5G collaboration

Nokia, Zain KSA deepen 5G collaboration

Nokia and Saudi operator Zain expanded their 5G partnership by deploying  60,000 units of the vendor’s FastMile 5G Gateway wireless broadband hub with eSIMs, across Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. 

Oman gives third operator the go-ahead

Oman gives third operator the go-ahead

Vodafone is now formerly recognised as the third mobile operator in Oman. A recent royal decree has mean that the company has obtained a first-class license to establish and operate public telecommunications services in the Sultanate.

STC claims first 5G carrier aggregation

STC claims first 5G carrier aggregation

Saudi operator STC hailed successful trials, in collaboration with Ericsson and MediaTek, to demonstrate the first global 5G carrier aggregation using low and mid-band spectrum, a move illustrating its 5G network development.

STC chief to depart role in 2021

STC chief to depart role in 2021

Saudi operator announced group chief executive officer Nasser Al Nasser resigned from his role and will depart the company on 28 March 2021, due to personal circumstances.

Zain KSA expands 5G to more of Dammam

Zain KSA expands 5G to more of Dammam

Zain KSA – the Saudi Arabian operator and part of Kuwaiti mobile telecommunications company the Zain Group – has announced the expansion of its 5G network coverage in Saudi Arabia to Dammam’s Second Industrial City.