Thousands of institutions around the world were subject to a series of "WannaCry" ransom attacks over the weekend (starting Friday, May 12), causing data to be encrypted with a claim for payment. The virus was a malicious program that affects smartphones and computers, encrypts and locks their data so that it cannot be accessed until payment is made.

Read more: Global “WannaCry” malware attack hits Telefónica, UK’s NHS and more

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"

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has conducted its first round of inspections for 2017 of shops selling telecommunications devices & equipment and issued a total of 159 written violation notices for shops practicing such activities without having the required license.

Read more: CRA serves notice of violation to 159 businesses selling telecommunications devices & equipment

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

MTN Group signed a non-binding preliminary agreement to invest approximately R540 million into Iranian Fixed Broadband Provider, Iranian Net, for a 49% stake, with further investments of approximately R3,4 billion in both equity and loans to facilitate Iranian Net, meeting its rollout targets over the next five years.

Read more: MTN Group signs non-binding preliminary agreement to invest in Iranian Net

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

Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), the leading Information and Communications Technology Company has signed an agreement with the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to implement the high-speed fiber optic broadband initiative.

Read more: ITC Signs Broadband Agreement Covering Kingdom Areas with Fiber Optic for a Budget of 3.5 Billion...

du has entered into an agreement with Dubai Economy to educate consumers, brand owners and commercial agencies about consumer confidence and empowerment. The agreement was recently signed between Mohamed Ali Rashed Lootah, Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Compliance, Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy, and Ahmad Aburahima, Senior Vice President, Government Relations at du.

Read more: du supports Dubai Economy initiatives for awareness and protection of consumers and business...

Zain Saudi Arabia and axiom telecom announced the signing of a business partnership, allowing its customers to enjoy a one-stop visit to a wider range of the latest mobile products and services from many Zain retail locations across Saudi Arabia.

Read more: Zain Saudi Arabia and axiom partner to offer customers latest mobile products and services

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