Spain, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Canada, and Serbia are only some of the countries that had recently released updates regarding spectrum auctions in each jurisdiction. According to GSA’s May 2021 spectrum auction calendar, 20 countries have completed their auctions for various licensing bases between Q1 and Q2 of this year.

Read more: Global spectrum auctions underway during Q1-Q2 2021

As it continues to offer new features and seeks to improve user experience, WhatsApp has confirmed launching a new version that supports multiple devices. The new version will enter the beta phase during the next few months and will allow the user to access accounts from four linked devices.

Read more: WhatsApp launches long awaited new feature

The constant and rapid technological evolution has put forth trends and concepts that now make the telecom and ICT industry quite a diverse and developed sector. Open radio access network, known as Open RAN, is one of the trends that has been shaping the industry. Leading telecom brands and experts are mobilized to further develop this network architecture, however different points of view exist regarding some of its controversial aspects.

Read more: A new approach to Open RAN: Security concerns prevail

BENYA, the leading digital solutions and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the MEA region signed the shareholders agreement with Société Congolaise des Postes et Télécommunications (SCPT) to establish a new local telecommunications operator in DRC, with the aim to develop the telecommunications infrastructure there. Based on this agreement, BENYA Telecom DRC will be established in partnership between SCPT and Benya to build and operate the national fibre-optic network (NFON) in DRC to connect cities and enable a connection with neighboring countries.

Read more: BENYA signs agreement to establish a new local telecoms operator in DRC

As a key step towards releasing multiple critical bands for a wide range of digital radio services,
the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) published a public consultation on its Spectrum Auction 2021 as part of the implementation process for 'Spectrum Outlook for commercial and Innovative use 2021-2023', which was published earlier this year.

Read more: CITC publishes public consultation on Spectrum Auction 2021

Addressing the session ‘Cyber war: The New Front’ at GISEC 2021,  HE Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, head of cyber security, United Arab Emirates Government, thanked the first responders and health professionals who contributed immensely to society during the COVID-19 pandemic to help people get through their daily lives. In the same vein, he said that digital-first responders made sure that children were able to study online, people work remotely, governments serve their citizens, and researchers collaborate across the whole board to provide vaccinations. All that thanks to digital transformation and digital communication infrastructure at hand.

Read more: ‘Multilateral cooperation must for secure cyberspace’

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