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SES Selects United Launch Alliance to Launch Two C-Band Satellites to Accelerate C-Band Clearing
August 5, 2020

SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, has selected U.S.-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch two C-band satellites. This launch is part of the company’s accelerated C-band clearing plan to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s objectives to roll out 5G services in the United States. ULA’s Atlas V rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2022 and carry the two stacked satellites. Earlier this year, SES contracted with American companies Northrop Grumman and the Boeing Company to deliver four C-band satellites. These satellites will enable SES to clear 280MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G use while seamlessly migrating SES’s existing C-band customers and ensuring the continued delivery of digital television to nearly 120 million American TV homes and other critical data services. ULA will launch the two C-band satellites manufactured by Boeing. SES is investing in America through its C-band transition......

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SES Selects SpaceX for Launch of New C-Band Satellites
August 5, 2020

SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, announced today that American launch provider SpaceX will provide launch capability for up to 3 of its C-band satellites over two launches as part of the company’s accelerated C-band clearing plan. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch two C-band satellites built by Northrop Grumman as well as provide enhanced protection to rapidly launch a contingency satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2022 allowing SES to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s time-critical objective to roll out 5G services across the United States. In June, SES announced it contracted American companies Northrop Grumman and the Boeing Company to deliver four C-band satellites in accordance with SES’s accelerated C-band clearing plan. These......

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Tata Communications secures local telecom license in Saudi Arabia
July 27, 2020

MUMBAI — Tata Communications, a digital ecosystem enabler, Sunday announced that it has secured a Type B telecom license in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The license entitles Tata Communications to provide Internet Service Provider (ISP) and related telecom services to enterprises in a defined capacity, along with local currency billing for end-customers in KSA.

This will enable the company to make the shift from offering services"...

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Nexign Expands International Presence with New Office in Latin America
July 22, 2020

Nexign (part of ICS Holding), a leading Business Support System (BSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider for telecommunications service providers, today announced that it expands its international presence to Latin America by opening a new office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This initiative will enable Nexign to strengthen its positions in emerging markets by offering LATAM customers solutions to drive digital transformation efforts. According to the GSMA report, the data traffic in LATAM will grow more than sixfold by 2024. Also, GSMA expects the mobile penetration rate to reach 73% by 2025. Nexign aims to use its 28 years of engineering excellence to help local telecom operators consolidate their systems and provide customers with better connectivity, uninterrupted internet access......

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Tata Communications secures telecoms licence to operate in Saudi Arabia
July 22, 2020

Tata Communications, the technology and telecoms arm of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, secured a licence to operate in Saudi Arabia as the company looks to strengthen its foothold in the Middle East.

The company has received a “Type B” licence that will allow it to provide internet and telecom-related services to local enterprises, the company said in a statement.


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Zain profits fall as pandemic hits pilgrim packages
July 15, 2020

RIYADH: Saudi telecom company Zain KSA said profits more than halved as the halt of the Umra season contributed to a decline in the sale of visitor packages.
The telco reported second-quarter net income of about SR59 million, a 54.6 percent decline on the year-earlier period, according to its preliminary results filing published on the Tadawul on Tuesday.
“The estimated impact from COVID-19 outbreak in Q2 potential revenue is SR186 million mainly"...

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Vodafone Egypt deal delay beneficial: Expert
July 14, 2020

RIYADH: The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has said it will need two additional months to close an acquisition deal to buy a 55 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt.

According to a logistics expert, Zael Aldayhani, the delay gives STC time to consider the variables that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes brought on by the global health crisis.


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STC pushes back Vodafone Egypt deal for the second time
July 13, 2020

Saudi Telecom Company, the biggest telecommunications operator in the kingdom by market value, pushed back the completion of its purchase of a 55 per cent stake in Vodafone Egypt for the second time, saying it needed more time to complete the transaction.

The company confirmed a deal earlier this year to buy the stake in Vodafone's Egyptian unit for $2.4 billion (Dh8.8bn) as part of"...

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SES Delivers Video Services for BBC Studios
July 8, 2020

BBC Studios (BBCS) and its subsidiary UKTV have selected SES to manage the playout and distribution of over 50 linear channels, and their associated video on demand (VOD) services, SES announced today.

SES will provide playout, content processing, distribution, and VOD services, delivering BBCS and UKTV content to a network of affiliates globally and in the UK. These services will be based"...

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CommScope and STC deploy 30-port antennas
July 1, 2020

RIYADH — CommScope and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced they are deploying 30-port antennas, enabling the operator to bring innovation toward 5G across the Middle East and North Africa.

To keep pace with the demands of the modern society and expand into new markets, STC is demonstrating use cases for next generation wireless technologies. The deployment of CommScope’s new customized 30-port antenna enabled STC to support more technologies"...

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