The rapid increase of coronavirus cases in the world has urged governments to impose lockdown measures whereby malls, shopping centers, churches, mosques, schools and universities were closed and employees were asked to work remotely until further notice. Against this backdrop, a rapid demand on connectivity has risen which has put telcos in the spotlight.
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Nexign has announced its new partnership with SAMENA Telecommunications Council in an effort to strengthen its presence in the Middle East and North African region.
The Sultanate of Oman has established itself as one of the most progressive telecom sectors in the region in terms of liberalization and promotion of competition in recent years. A total of six mobile network operators cater to a population of approximately four million. The market leader is Omantel, part of Oman Telecommunications Company, in which the government owns a 70% stake. It is followed by the Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company known as Ooredoo. Awasr is the third fixed network operator in Oman. The newly announced telecom operator, anchored by Vodafone Group, will bring about an overhaul in the Sultanate's telecom sector when it begins operating in 2020.
Omantel has renewed and expanded its Managed Services agreement with Ericsson for a further five years.
By An Jian, President of Carrier Networks Business Group, Huawei Middle East
In the era of 5G and digitalization, telecom operators are seeking to modernize their networks and infrastructure to be able to cope with all the industry developments, notably increased demand for data. In order to upgrade their network infrastructure, operators are seeking OpenRAN technologies as a means to execute such an upgrade.
stc Group CEO, Nasser Sulaiman Al Nasser, announced that KSA holds a leading position globally in terms of communications infrastructure in general, and digital communications in particular. Al Nasser said that in 3 years, KSA has jumped from No. 105 to No. 10 globally at the end of 2019 in terms of internet speed according to the evaluations of the relevant international references. He added that stc's internet speed has multiplied 7 times over in 3 years.
By Maria Macra, director of government projects, Sofrecom
For the past three years, the national plans drawn up by most developed countries have included 5G. In the emerging countries too, the deployment of 5G is starting to be integrated as the ultimate facilitator of their connectivity.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces the closing of schools, universities and workplaces, remote working, e-learning and e-health have emerged as temporary solutions until economic and social life goes back to normal. Despite having a solution, it is noteworthy that such a solution is not available to everyone. This scenario has shed light on the digital gap that exists between different countries in the same region.
The Industrial Revolution, and the technology that enabled it, has been one of the primary drivers of climate change. Yet it's another industrial revolution and a new set of technologies that look set to help humanity avoid the worst effects of global warming.