Ooredoo won Ookla’s Kuwait Speedtest Awards for mobile network speed during the first and second quarter of 2021. As per the conducted tests, Ooredoo achieved a speed score of 79.47, with average download speeds of 108.05 Mbps and average upload speeds of 25.34 Mbps.

Read more: Ooredoo hailed as fastest mobile network in Kuwait

Etisalat and du have finalized their master developer agreements (MDA) with Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment (MBRHE) where both operators will cover MBRHE’s mega housing projects. They would provide essential telecommunications infrastructure through the Taawun infrastructure deployment initiative.

Read more: Etisalat, du to provide telecom services within local communities

Adding to its achievements on 5G and connectivity, Zain KSA has once again won Ookla’s Speedtest Award as ‘fastest fixed internet’ in Saudi Arabia for the first half of 2021. The telco operator has won for the third time in a row, reflecting its commitment to offering the best speeds through the region’s largest 5G network.

Read more: Zain retains title of ‘fastest fixed internet’ in Saudi Arabia

For the first six months of 2021, Zain Group generated a net income of KD 86 million (USD 285 million), up 5% Y-o-Y, reflecting earnings per share of 20 fils (USD 0.07). During the second quarter alone, the net income amounted to KD 41 million (USD 138 million), up 17% Y-o-Y.

Read more: Zain Group shares financial KPIs for H1 2021

Etisalat’s key priority is to become a one-stop solution provider that can support the small and medium businesses (SMBs) in their digital transformation journey during and post COVID-19, said Esam Mahmoud, senior vice president, SMB, Etisalat.

Read more: Etisalat highlights post-COVID efforts for UAE’s SMB sector

Leading Middle East telecom companies including Etisalat Group, stc Group, Zain Group, Mobily, and du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), have agreed to collaborate on the implementation of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) solutions in their existing telecom networks, exchange industry knowledge and experience to drive innovation for the ICT sector across the Middle East.

Read more: Middle East operators embrace Open RAN to drive innovation, cut costs

In a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), Ooredoo has launched the Smart Qatar (TASMU) platform, under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, prime minister and minister of interior.

Read more: Ooredoo, Qatar’s MoTC officially launch Smart Qatar (TASMU) platform

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