Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), in collaboration with Nokia, has successfully conducted a trial of LTE to the Home (LTTH) and implemented it using FastMile technology to enable LTE technology on a 4G network and become available on 2G networks. This comes out of Mobily's interest to provide the best speeds for its customers with high quality.

Read more: Mobily successfully implements LTTH technology in collaboration with Nokia

VIVA Kuwait, a subsidiary of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), published its third quarter earnings for 2017 showing a financial slump compared to the same period last year. VIVA reported net profits of KD 28.3 million (approx. US$ 93.5 million) during the nine month period ended 30 September 2017 compared to net profit of KD 29 million (approx. US$ 95.8 million) during the same period in 2016.

Read more: VIVA Kuwait reports Q3 net profit slump

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC, the parent company of "du" and "Virgin Mobile UAE", published its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2017, showing a 4 percent growth in net profit after royalty to AED 476 million.

Read more: EITC reports 4% net profit growth; says focus is on next growth phase

Vodacom, the South African subsidiary of UK-based Vodafone, has signed a MoU with Nokia under which the companies will trial Nokia 5G technology to accelerate the launch of the new technology and enable Vodacom to drive digitalization for the benefit of businesses and individuals in South Africa.

Read more: Nokia and Vodacom collaborate to shape the future of 5G in South Africa

Etisalat and RAKBANK, also known as The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Managed Point of Sale services. As part of the strategic partnership, Etisalat shall provide RAKBANK with last-mile Point of Sale (PoS) operations as its outsourced and managed service partner, a first-of-its-kind approach in the UAE payments and banking industry.

Read more: Etisalat and RAKBANK sign MoU for Managed Point of Sale services

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), represented by InspirU Business Incubator, announced the signing of an agreement with Riyadah institute to support and provide services for business entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: STC InspirU signs agreement with Riyadah to support entrepreneurs in KSA

Greece-based Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, announced that jointly with MGTS, one of the largest wireline telecom operators in the CIS (Commonwealth of Dependent States), a member of Russia's MTS Group, successfully completed the tests of Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform, thus making MGTS one of the first operators to adopt such technologies for their Corporate Customers.

Read more: Intracom Telecom and MGTS successfully tested Virtualization of Wi-Fi Services

South Africa’s MTN filed its plea in the long-running litigation where Turkcell is claiming damages against MTN as a result of MTN having acquired a 49 percent interest in Irancell, which was awarded the second GSM License in Iran in November 2005.

Read more: South Africa’s MTN fights back against Turkcell claims

Etisalat announced the successful completion of the first MENA IPTV (Internet Protocol television) service over an existing WTTx (4G) network trial. The trial is the first of its kind over an existing LTE network, and opens the doors to advanced 5G-era streaming services like IPTV over existing wireless networks.

Read more: Etisalat completes first MENA IPTV service on a WTTx (4G) network

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