The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed a new strategic partnerships agreement with a number of institutions and organizations in the UAE. It signed a partnership agreement with "Etisalat" and "du" at its headquarter in Abu Dhabi in the presence of representatives of the two companies. The agreement is part of the TRA's plan of action aimed at achieving the objectives of the UAE National Vision 2021, to raise the country's ranking among the top 10 countries in the "National Readiness Index" (NRI) in the World Information Technology Report.

Read more: TRA signs a MOU with "Etisalat" and "du"

Within days of its official inauguration, du's second largest Signature Shop was awarded a LEED Platinum certification, scoring 85 out of a possible 110 points to make it the UAE's greenest telecom retail outlet. This is the third du Shop to have achieved LEED Platinum certification, following in the footsteps of the company's Fujairah and Mirdiff City Centre retail outlets.

Read more: du’s retail network goes greener as du store @ Me’aisem City centre is LEED Platinum certified

Mahindra Comviva announced the launch of a chatbot based Caller Ring Back Tone (CRBT) solution to assist subscribers in finding and availing the right content and price points for various offerings.

The chatbot aims to provide an intuitive interface with inbuilt recommendation engine capability to suggest content based on usage trends. Its cloud based deployment will help the operators to roll this out rapidly.

Read more: Mahindra Comviva launches Chatbot assisted CRBT solution for Interactive Customer Engagement

The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in coordination with the RIPE NCC held a meeting with Internet service providers and telecom operators in the country at its headquarters to discuss plans and key issues regarding the deployment of IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6). International efforts are underway to shift from the current IPv4 to the new iteration IPv6 to manage the growth of internet.

Read more: The RIPE NCC, Bahrain TRA and Internet service providers discuss roadmap for IPv6 deployment in...

In a development that is going to provide further impetus to the growth of the UAE as a burgeoning global tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions) destination, du announced a partnership with Tink Labs Limited, one of Hong Kong's most successful start-ups that has revolutionized hospitality technology. The agreement was signed between du and Tink Labs on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market event with the support of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Read more: du joins hands with Tink Labs to power mobile travel solution 'handy' with DTCM’s support

Chief Technology Officer, Eng. Maziad Alharbi was awarded Operator CTO Of The Year in the "5G MENA Awards 2017" ceremony which was held in Dubai on Monday, 1st, May, 2017 and organized by KNcet365 TMT. The ceremony was attended by many figures and pioneer companies in the field of Telecom & IT sector from the Gulf Region, Middle East and North Africa.

Read more: Eng. Maziad Alharbi awarded “Operator CTO Of The Year”

Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces its consolidated financial results for the first quarter (Q1) ending 31 March 2017. Zain served 46.1 million customers at the end of the period, reflecting a 1.4% increase year-on-year (Y-o-Y).

Read more: Zain Group net income increases 3% to reach KD 38 million (USD 125 million) for Q1, 2017

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