Batelco, the Kingdom's leading digital solutions provider, in line with its commitment to support businesses in Bahrain has signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft to improve and elevate productivity for small and medium enterprises through the launch of key solutions.

Read more: Batelco cloud services expand with the launch of Microsoft Office 365

du announced the establishment of UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG). The U5GIG has been envisioned to be a consortium of technical and academic organisations in UAE as well as global telecom vendors to plan and use their expertise to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the UAE.

Read more: du announces UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG) for development of next generation 5G & IoT systems

Ooredoo and MBC Group have signed a seven-year partnership granting Ooredoo the exclusive rights in Qatar to some of the most popular High Definition (HD) channels, offering customers an incredible range of entertainment. The agreement was signed by Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, and Sam Barnett, CEO, MBC Group at a ceremony on August 21.

Read more: Ooredoo inks partnership with MBC Group for exclusive content

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) continues to offer the best options for connect roaming packages to keep the subscribers connected with internet network while travelling and spending their vacations abroad the Kingdom.

Read more: Mobily presents Multi-Options for the subscribers of connect roaming packages

Alfa and Nokia have launched the country's first 4G LTE-Advanced network as part of an agreement signed between the two companies. The network enables Alfa to offer its subscribers significantly higher download speeds of up to 262.5 Mbits/sec for accessing high-definition video and other data-intensive applications.

Read more: Alfa and Nokia launch first 4G LTE-A network in Lebanon

Driven by the diverse and ever-growing needs of its customers, touch, the leading mobile telecommunicationsand dataoperatorin Lebanon, managed by Zain Group, launched two new bundles catering to different segments: postpaid Web & Talk Elite and prepaid Daily Data bundle.

Read more: touch Launches Web & Talk Elite and the Daily Data bundle

MEF is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 - 2017 board of directors elections and subsequent appointments by the Board at the MEF Annual Members Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The leadership team will guide MEF's efforts to accelerate the industry transition from static to agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services. These productivity-enhancing services are delivered over automated, virtualized and interconnected networks powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV and CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0).

Read more: MEF appoints new board of directors for 2016-2017 fiscal year

In another Middle East first, du proudly announced the successful deployment of its 20GB broadband services over FTTH (fibre to the home) solution for residential subscribers. First to be launched commercially in the Middle East and Africa, this network provides ultra-broadband access for du to expand its service development capabilities for cloud and video services. Customers will benefit from even faster upload and download speeds, and reduce latency in the home network.

Read more: du debut commercial 20GB broadband services over FTTH for UAE residential subscribers

MTN continued to operate in a challenging environment for the six months ended 30 June 2016. The financial performance for the period reflects the confluence of a number of material issues, which created the ""perfect storm"". The Group has made strides towards resolving these challenges although many of these factors fall outside of its control.

Read more: MTN financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

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