Following reports last month that Telecom Egypt and Vodafone Egypt had both made bids for new spectrum in the 2600MHz band, local press reports are now claiming that Orange Egypt and Etisalat Misr have officially requested additional frequencies being offered by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

Read more: Orange Egypt, Etisalat Misr compete in auction for new spectrum

Batelco has announced that its 5G network now covers 95% of the Kingdom’s population across all four governorates, making it the first operator in Bahrain to provide nationwide 5G coverage. The telco signed an agreement with hardware vendor Ericsson in March 2019 to deploy a national 5G mobile network over a period of two years and went on to launch the country’s first commercial fifth-generation network on 5 June 2019. Initially limited to Amwaj and Reef Island, coverage was gradually extended to areas of the Northern, Southern, Muharraq and Capital governates by early 2020.

Read more: Batelco achieves nationwide 5G coverage

stc and Rakuten Mobile announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of collaborating in the field of innovation and strategic mobile technology. The two companies will explore future opportunities to collaborate in various technology domains, including, fully autonomous digital platform serving telecommunication cloud network, OpenRAN deployment options for greenfield and brownfield use-cases, operating models and business value realization.

Read more: stc and Rakuten Mobile sign strategic partnership

Etisalat is the first operator in UAE to unveil the HTC 5G Hub, an innovative 5G mobile smart hub that harnesses 5G speeds for home, business, and everywhere in between. The device enables smooth 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot features for up to 20 users. Priced at AED 3,299, the HTC 5G Hub is exclusively available now at Etisalat’s online store as well as its retail stores across the UAE. 

Read more: Etisalat first in UAE to exclusively launch HTC 5G hub

The Consortium of the main Saudi telecom carriers, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) signed the agreement of the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN) modernization project with their partner Huawei. By building the first 5G and B2B-driven, ultra-broadband optical backbone network in the Middle East, the SNFN project will contribute to the end-to-end network transformation and agile automation strategy as part of the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: ITC, Mobily kick off 2030 vision-oriented SNFN modernization project

Ooredoo Oman and Oman Broadband (OBB) have signed an agreement to connect remote regions with fixed broadband internet under an initiative of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The parties will provide quality satellite bitstream to previously under-served areas in a number of governates across the Sultanate.

Read more: Ooredoo Oman, Oman Broadband sign deal to provide satellite internet to 325 villages

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