Regional updates: Middle East and North Africa

What were the main digital policy regional updates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? This space brings you the main updates month by month, summarised by the observatory's curators.

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January 2019

Curated by Hanane Boujemi

First 5G call in the MENA successfully tested

22 Jan 2019 |  Telecommunications infrastructure

Ooredoo group made the first trial international 5G call in the MENA region, between Ooredoo, Kuwait and Qatar, demonstrating the capabilities of its 5G networks in both countries. Detailed 5g testing is underway in both Qatar and Kuwait, and plenty of possibilities of 5G have already been showcased by the operator, including a driverless aerial taxi, 5G broadband in a moving vehicle, and never-before-seen gaming quality.

MENOG 2019 to be held in Beirut

21 Jan 2019 |  Telecommunications infrastructure

The Middle East Network Operators Group Meeting and Peering Forum (MENOG) 2019 will be held in Beirut 3-4 of April 2019. It is one of the biggest gatherings of network operators, content providers, and data centres in the region. It will bring together experts from across the Middle East and all over the world. The event is open to the entire technical community, from Internet service providers, mobile operators, and content cloud infrastructure service providers. The meeting will also cover a large range of topics interesting to government representatives, academics and key business decision-makers.

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