Cloud computing is creating new social and economic value across industry verticals and countries. A case in point is Saudi Arabia, which has already confirmed plans to become one of the world’s top 20 tech economies and diversify its national industries. In Saudi Arabia, Zain KSA is spearheading the Cloud transformation story with its strategic partners, such as Cloud Alibaba.

Read more: Upcoming Virtual Panel: Shaping The Cloud Strategy in KSA

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) held the workshop titled “Management and Allocation of Aeronautical Radio Frequency Spectrum in the GCC Countries” in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and in coordination with the GCC Technical Office for Telecommunications.

Read more: TDRA Trainings Focus on Aeronautical Radio Frequency Spectrum in GCC

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), commissioned in April 2022 to assess the damages to the telecommunication infrastructure and resilience of the ICT ecosystem in Ukraine as a result of Russia's invasion in February of last year, has disclosed an estimate of $1.79 billion in investment needed to restore the country’s telecommunication sector.

Read more: ITU: US$1.79 Billion Needed to Restore Ukraine’s Telecom Sector to Pre-War State

China is seeking a greater role in overseeing the country’s powerful tech companies, particularly Alibaba, considered the "Amazon of China." A venture on Tencent, the developer behind the dominant social media and messaging app, WeChat, is also reported to be in the works.

Read more: China Moves to Take Further Control Over Tech Giants

In April 2019, South Korea launched a global-first 5G network, which has been adopted by KT Corporation. 5G networks have been delivered by at least 209 operators globally, spreading across 83 countries. 5G offers significantly improved performance over earlier network technologies such as 3G and 4G.

Read more: The Actual Position and Advancement of 5G Globally in 2022

Jumping into 2023, we are facing another year of opportunities and challenges. As one of the most dynamic and biggest sectors of society, telecommunications is on the verge of new paradigm shifts and trends. With the previous year’s aggressive push for more connectivity, partnerships and digital services, let’s have a glimpse at what lies ahead — the good and the bad.

Read more: Telecom Industry Enters a New Year With Hopes and Challenges

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was hit with hefty fines at the start of the new year. A penalty of €390 million was assessed by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) for Meta’s breaching of EU personal data laws on its social media platforms. Moreover, a Canadian court of appeals will allow a class action suit to be brought by social media users accusing Facebook of age, gender and race discrimination in online advertisements.

Read more: Meta Advertising Faces Legal Repercussions for Data Breach, Discrimination

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