Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat announced on Sunday that his ministry is looking to bring the telecommunications sector’s contribution to Egypt’s gross domestic product to eight percent over the next three years.

Read more: Egypt looks at increasing telecom sector’s GDP contribution to 8 percent in 3 years

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) published a follow up public consultation on its “Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use 2021-2023", along with responses received to the previous public consultation, which took place in July 2020, on “Spectrum for IMT-2020 and beyond: Fostering Commercial and Innovative Use of Radio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

Read more: KSA’s CITC plans to release more than 20 GHz of additional radio spectrum

Due to different views on the company’s strategy, the board of directors of BICS and Daniel Kurgan, CEO since 2007, came to the mutual conclusion to end their collaboration. The board of directors of BICS has approved the appointment of Matteo Gatta, currently director network strategy, innovation and partnerships at Proximus, as new CEO of the company.

Read more: New CEO to lead BICS

Saudi Arabia is ranked seventh globally in terms of 5G technology and internet speed, said Abdullah Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, on the sidelines of the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

Read more: ‘We should have more innovative digitalized investments in Saudi’

During the 5G fixed wireless access panel organized by Telecom Review, Ali Jitawi, Customer Business, Team Head Zain, Nokia, and Abdulrahman AlMufadda, CTO, Zain KSA addressed the future of Saudi Arabia in terms of 5G, FTTH, and smart cities.

Read more: Zain and Nokia putting Saudi at the forefront of 5G innovations

Telecom Review organized a virtual award ceremony to honor one of The region’s leaders in the ICT industry. Benya Group was announced as a winner at the Telecom Review Excellence Awards ceremony which was held in December 2020 in Dubai.

Read more: Two awards honor the achievements of Benya Group by Telecom Review

Google parent company Alphabet announced on Friday it was shutting down “Loon”, a high-profile project aiming to deliver wireless internet via flying balloons in the stratosphere, because it is not commercially viable. The idea behind Loon was to build a network of balloons to expand internet connectivity to underserved areas and disaster zones and was initially part of an Alphabet “moonshot factory” known as X, which aims to create projects to disrupt new sectors.

Read more: Alphabet shuts wireless internet provider network project ‘Loon’

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