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TECHNOLOGY & TELECOM NEWS

A focus on the Middle East & Africa


TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS
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First-ever blockchain company launched in Oman

The Omani government has announced the establishment of the nation’s first blockchain company to drive the adoption of a breakthrough technology billed as key to creating a future digital economy in the Sultanate.
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Qatar to use atomic energy technique for food security

Qatar is implementing a research project in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in which peaceful atomic energy will be used to grow plants faster to ensure food security.
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Middle East brands turn to SAP for digital procurement

As part of its digital transformation strategy, Aramco is teaming with SAP and SAP Ariba to build an online marketplace through which it can connect and collaborate with thousands of suppliers on everything from sourcing and orders through invoices and payments in real time.
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Saudi Arabia first country to grant robot citizenship

Sophia, an artificially intelligent robot, made regional headlines this week when she was chosen to moderate a session at the landmark Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.
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Oman Air Cargo deploys cloud-based platform from SmartKargo

Oman Air Cargo announced that it has launched its new 100% Cloud-based Cargo ERP Solution, implemented by SmartKargo, the world’s most advanced cargo management platform.
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African experts discuss harmonizing drone regulation

Aviation experts from Africa met in Kigali to discuss harmonizing regulation of drones. The experts are gathered at a three-day workshop on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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MENA 5G subscriptions to hit 17 million by 2023 - Ericsson

According to the latest regional appendix to the upcoming Ericsson Mobility Report, the first 5G subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa region are expected during the period 2020 to 2022, reaching around 17 million subscriptions by 2023.
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Orange picks ZSmart Digital BSS for African subsidiaries

ZTEsoft announced that Orange Group has selected its ZSmart Digital BSS to support the transformation of IT systems in its subsidiaries in Cameroon, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Nokia signs MoU with Vodacom on South Africa 5G trials

Nokia and Vodacom have signed an MoU 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.
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Remote African areas receive Huawei internet boost

The global information and communications technology provider, Huawei Technologies, has introduced a cost-effective broadband solution to make internet available to marginalized communities in Africa.
CYBERSECURITY
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Saudi Arabia establishes cyber security authority

Saudi Arabia established a new authority for cyber security by royal decree on Tuesday following recent attacks on the kingdom.
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Ghana losing $30-60 million yearly through cyber fraud

Ghana is losing a whopping amount of between 30 to 60 million dollars through internet and other forms of cyber fraud, particularly as a result of hacking into bank and cash transfers.
INFOMINEO RESOURCES
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Mobile Payments in Africa

The mobile payment market is gaining popularity worldwide and more so in Africa. The continent is currently among the leaders in terms of mobile money development and growth.
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Understanding InfoMEA Expert Network

InfoMEA Experts connects you with experts with the right knowledge and expertise to answer your research inquiries.

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