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.
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Global tech ambitions drive use cases for maturing technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), and one startup is willing to pay US$1 million to put their AI chatbot to the test in an actual courtroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2023 is set to be a busy year for UAE's space exploration, from making history as the first Arab nation to land a rover on the Moon to sending an Emirati astronaut for a six-month trip to the International Space Station.
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.
The MEA region is paving its digital journey with superapps on the horizon. Telcos have shown great interest in this business model, in addition to fintech organizations and banking institutions.
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.