MENA: 50m 5G connections by 2025The prospects for immense 5G growth in the Middle East and North Africa has emerged from a study by the GSM Association and released at an event in Dubai on Oct 8th and saying that Middle East mobile operators will be 5G “early adopters”. Their study (The Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa 2017) and which highlighted that operators in the MENA region will be amongst the first in the world to launch commercial 5G networks. The new study, which was published at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series – MENA conference in Dubai, forecasts that there will be more than 50 million 5G connections across the MENA region by 2025, with 5G networks covering approximately 30 per cent of the region’s population by that point. “High 4G adoption rates and government support is helping leading operators to challenge both North American and Asian operators in driving 5G development. As a result, subscriber penetration will reach only 65 per cent by 2020, below the global average of 72 per cent.
October 10, 2017 15:00 UTC
Qatar’s candidate in the race for the post of UNESCO Director General, Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawar, Monday won the first round of elections ahead of Friday final decision. Kawar won 19 out of 58 votes outdoing French candidate Audrey Azoulay and Cairo’s candidate Moushira Khattab who got respectively 13 and 11 votes. The Monday results do not reflect the final outcome as voters are expected to cast their votes until Friday. The candidate with the majority of votes will be announced Friday. Israel and the US have suspended their funding to the UNESCO following 2011 acceptance of Palestine as full-fledged member of the organization.
October 10, 2017 14:15 UTC
"RAI is encouraged to see more favorable market conditions in the Florida solar energy sector as evidenced by Duke Energy's and Tampa Electric Company's recent announcements to add 700 MW and 600 MW, respectively, of solar energy," said RAI President and CEO Mohammed S. Alrai. We look forward to partnering with HERO and Hamilton County to bring this important new renewable energy project online." About RAI Energy International, Inc.Based in Silicon Valley, RAI Energy International, Inc. ("RAI") is a global renewable energy development company. About HERO:HERO (Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities LLC) is a Florida-based LLC, established in 2009 to build, manage and invest in renewable energy projects. CONTACT:Katherine PotterSenior Director Communications408firstname.lastname@example.orgView original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rai-energy-international-inc-acquires-interest-in-70-mw-solar-project-in-florida-300533680.htmlSOURCE RAI Energy International, Inc.Related Linkshttp://www.raienergy.com
October 10, 2017 13:07 UTC
This is according to an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report that identifies seven key trends to understanding how Africa’s future could unfold over the coming decades:1 Africa’s population will continue to grow rapidly and remain the youngest in the world. Africa’s population is expected to increase from about 1.2-billion people today to over 1.8-billion in 2035. Besides these sheer numbers, the age structure of Africa’s population is critical. Even in 2035, half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population will be under 21, which means governments need to spend heavily on education, health care and extending basic services. As Africa’s population ages, the ratio between workers and dependants will improve – leading to a potential boost in productivity and economic growth.
October 10, 2017 13:07 UTC
Still, few university administrators in developing countries know much about science or how grants are typically handled. Funders need to find ways to ensure that recipients have the administrative staff and skills to use their money well, and to help build these foundations where they are lacking. For every grant awarded, funders, university administrators and scientists should talk about the project together to identify needs and potential conflicts. People from developed countries might feel noble when they give money to those in developing countries. For funders to have the most impact, they need to sit down with administrators and scientists in developing countries, listen to their challenges and decide together what to do.
October 10, 2017 12:07 UTC
Trend Micro researchers investigated the Middle Eastern and North African cybercriminal underground, and found that prices for malware and hacking tools are generally a bit more expensive than in other regions. For example, a keylogger in the North American underground runs for $1-$4, but in this region it can be up to $19. Price of credit cards based on country and card typeThis cybercriminal underground in a nutshellThe Middle Eastern and North African underground is where culture, ideology, and cybercrime meet. Other underground marketplaces provide support to members, but the extent and willingness in this region is unique,” added Moawad. To some extent, the price is at par with other underground marketplaces, such as that of China.
October 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Oct. 10, 2017 12:00 UTC - San Jose, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), a world leader in lifecycle service assurance solutions, today announced it has completed the first phase of a multi-million dollar VisionWorks Customer Experience Assurance (CEA) solution deployment for a tier-1 North American service provider. The deployment, valued in the range of $6M, consists of proactive and automated troubleshooting analytics for identifying, prioritizing, and resolving customer experience issues. VisionWorks CEA is able to proactively highlight and resolve issues affecting many customers before downstream care and other costs are incurred. “We see demand for proactive, automated customer experience assurance and analytics as a key driver for our Lifecycle Service Assurance business,” said Dave Stehlin, General Manager of Lifecycle Service Assurance at Spirent. To learn more about Lifecycle Service Assurance and VisionWorks, please visit https://www.spirent.com/Solutions/Service-Assurance.
October 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Many companies, whether they realise it or not, have already taken steps to embed themselves into the digital ecosystems that will drive their growth in future. Each platform commitment means easier future engagement with other companies on the platform using the same infrastructure. Europe is a major consumer of platform services, but its home to relatively few platform companies –27 spread across 10 countries, 9 of which are in the UK. Over the next 100 days, look to essentially develop a comprehensive strategy to establish the foundation for your platform business model and ecosystem. How African companies and governments react to this change brought about the platform economy will define their prospects going forward.
October 10, 2017 11:15 UTC
Over the past few years, rAge has slowly become the place for South Africa’s top esports events including the long-running Digital Gaming Champions (now VS Gaming) and other, newer, additions. Now that esports had laid the groundwork, 2017 brought a whole new world of esports to the rAge expo making it the most exciting esports event thus far in our short history. The ESL main stage was an impressive feat, showing off the best of esports at the rAge expo. VS GamingThis year marked the 9th consecutive year that the VS Gaming appeared at the rAge expo. Damage Control lift the VS Gaming Masters Trophy – VS GamingThe overall event was a huge success as it ran flawlessly from start to finish.
October 10, 2017 10:52 UTC
North Africa is the largest single region (41%), followed by West Africa (33%) and East Africa (11%). Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa – Regional SummaryThe key highlights of the research are:9 countries in Africa have no branded hotels at all8 have only one branded hotel. "The shortfall in supply shows that there are still huge opportunities to develop hotels in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. About the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)AHIF is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers. It is organised by Bench Events (www.benchevents.com), who has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
October 10, 2017 10:52 UTC
Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced today the signing of a partnership with satellite communications company, Gulfsat at the ongoing OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessels) event in Kuwait. This strategic alliance will enable Gulfsat to launch data services in Kuwait. The partnership allows the companies to combine interests and increase both their distribution channels among government, maritime, media and enterprise sectors in the surrounding region. The new agreement gives Thuraya - for the first time - a data service presence in Kuwait, and enhanced broadcasting capabilities, backed by Gulfsat's media broadcasting influence and forte. SOURCE Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company
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October 10, 2017 09:56 UTC
Engineers in Morocco are preparing to test Africa's first high-speed railway this week with trains reaching 320kilometres (200 miles) per hour, the country's rail office said Monday. One train reached 275kph (170 mph) on Monday along a stretch of track between the northern cities of Kenitra and Tangier, the ONCF said. Morocco's TGV, which gets its name from the French abbreviation for high-speed trains, is set to enter service in summer 2018. The total cost of the project, 50 per cent financed by France through various loans, is around $2.4billion (two billion euros). Lakhlii said tickets would cost about 30 per cent more than those for the current rail link.
October 10, 2017 09:17 UTC
This is according to an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report that identifies seven key trends to understanding how Africa's future could unfold over the coming decades:Africa's population will continue to grow rapidly and remain the youngest in the world. Africa's population is expected to increase from about 1.2 billion people today to over 1.8 billion in 2035. Besides these sheer numbers, the age structure of Africa's population is critical. Even in 2035, half of sub-Saharan Africa's population will be under 21, which means governments need to spend heavily on education, healthcare and extending basic services. As Africa's population ages, the ratio between workers and dependents will improve - leading to a potential boost in productivity and economic growth.
October 10, 2017 09:11 UTC
In Bikes, International Bike News, Triumph / By Mohan K Ramanujam / 10 October 2017 3:46 pm / 0 commentsTaking a standard Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, brothers David and Felipe Lopez have created the Tiger Tramontana off-road rally race bike, which they intend to race in the Pan-African Rally. The 2,000 km long race sees competitors pitting themselves against the 40-degree heat and powder-fine sand of the desert in Morocco, Africa. Developed with collaboration with the works team in Hinckley, the Tramontana took six months to build, with Triumph engineers putting in time outside of work hours. The biggest change is to the front of the standard Tiger XCx, with the Tramontana sporting a much taller Paris-Dakar Rally style front fairing. In Malaysia, the 2017 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx adventure bike retails for RM72,900 while the more road-biased 800 XRx goes for RM67,900.
October 10, 2017 07:52 UTC