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Positive Technologies, a global cybersecurity company specializing in telecom security, announces the appointment of Santhosh Kumar as managing director to spearhead the company’s Middle East and Africa and South Asia operations.

Read more: Positive Technologies announces appointment of managing director in MEA and South Asia

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see both regulators collaborating and sharing ideas on matters of mutual interest.  

Read more: South Africa’s ICASA signs MoU with US counterpart

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of service providers for Middle East and Africa, CommScope

LTE expansion and 5G

After the disruption wrought by the Covid pandemic, stimulating economic growth is now an imperative. And technology will drive this growth. Obtaining optimum performance from digital devices means putting reliable mobile networks in place at a vigorous pace.

Read more: CommScope – How to design a network that meets the Middle East’s vision for the future

PCCW Global, a leading telecommunications service provider, has expanded its advanced Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services to include both Universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies, supporting companies that plan to leverage the benefits of digital transformation and cloud-based services.

Read more: PCCW Global expands its SD-WAN services portfolio

What could come as a big relief to Chinese tech companies banned in the US, newly elected President Joe Biden has temporarily halted legal action against Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat, which could have been banned in the United States.

Read more: US President Joe Biden temporarily lifts ban on TikTok and WeChat

The GSMA has published its annual ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’. It reveals a dramatic acceleration in mobile transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic as lockdown restrictions limited access to cash and financial institutions. The report found that the number of registered accounts grew by 13 per cent globally in 2020 to more than 1.2 billion – double the forecast. The fastest growth was in markets where governments provided significant pandemic relief to their citizens.

Read more: Mobile money thrives in times of crisis

Many countries embarking on telecom development with a view to improve connectivity are considering satellite uses. Satellites will be highly beneficial to improve ICT capabilities, usher in economic growth, boost connectivity and market/country competitiveness, leverage technology transfer benefit, and develop the overall ecosystem that will spread to other industries.

Read more: O3b mPOWER – the next generation O3b system

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