The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – has launched a new Focus Group to contend with the increasing prevalence and severity of natural disasters with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

Read more: ITU to use AI's prediction capabilities to tackle natural disasters

The Infoblox SP Virtual Summit by Telecom Review will be held on February 17 at 15:00 (Dubai time). Entitled “Thoughts and consideration for designing next generation service providers network”, the virtual summit will address the requirements of next generation SP networks.

Read more: Infoblox SP Virtual Summit by Telecom Review – Register now

The year 2020 was the year of 5G – with global launches and global subscribes both spiking rapidly throughout the year. As COVID-19 induced lockdowns and restrictions kept people indoors, a fast network kept them connected, and here 5G played a major role in helping people work, study and stay entertained. By Q3-2020, there were nearly 228.7 million 5G subscribers globally, representing 2.44% of the entire global mobile market. 5G subscriptions were expected to reach 236 million globally by the end of 2020 and are expected to breach the 3 billion mark by 2025.

Read more: How the GCC is showcasing global leadership in 5G experiences

Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat announced on Sunday that his ministry is looking to bring the telecommunications sector’s contribution to Egypt’s gross domestic product to eight percent over the next three years.

Read more: Egypt looks at increasing telecom sector’s GDP contribution to 8 percent in 3 years

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) published a follow up public consultation on its “Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use 2021-2023", along with responses received to the previous public consultation, which took place in July 2020, on “Spectrum for IMT-2020 and beyond: Fostering Commercial and Innovative Use of Radio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

Read more: KSA’s CITC plans to release more than 20 GHz of additional radio spectrum

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