Cambodia: Smart offers e-top up data bonus, Smart@Home free home delivery

15 March 2021

Smart Axiata, a telecom service provider in Cambodia, took another step in contributing to people’s safety during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing its customers with e-top up data bonus and free home delivery of Smart@Home.

Until May 31, Smart customers who top up their mobile phone balance by at least 1.25 USD via the SmartNas app, Smart website or Smart’s Zero Balance Portal will be awarded with 1GB of data for free. This data bonus will be in addition to their allowance no matter what plan they are on or any data bonuses they already receive.

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Nepal Telecom begins process for 5G services

03 March 2021

Nepales watchdog Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has determined the 5G frequency, setting the wheels in motion for expansion of 5G service country-wide.

According to reports, the board approved the frequency identified by the National Frequency Management Forum under the Authority.

Spokesperson for NTA, Meen Prasad Aryal, was quoted as saying that a proposal has been presented to the National Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee for the approval of 5G frequency so determined.

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Bharti Airtel first to demo 5G

23 February 2021

Bharti Airtel became the first telecom operator to demonstrate its capability to roll out 5G wireless services in India, beating rival Reliance Jio Infocomm in the process.

The former said it conducted on-field trials in Hyderabad to establish its ability to launch 5G, or fifth generation, services. This new wireless service will pave the way for super-fast internet speeds and power internet of things (IoT) applications, such as driverless cars and smart cities.

Airtel’s achievement is also a boost for the company, which has been struggling to play catch-up with Jio for the past few years and has ceded its leadership in the Indian telecom market. The latter plans to launch the service later this year but has yet to complete trials.

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Afghanistan: ‘unregistered SIM cards’ facilitates crimes and terrorism

17 February 2021

The Afghan telecom watchdog said that operators have been fined for selling unregistered SIM cards, with 70% of these SIM cards blocked. 

Speaking to BBC Persian, Telecom Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan (ATRA) spokesman Noor Saeed Shinwari said that all telcos companies in the country were warned that all the active and existing SIM cards must be registered by the end of 1400 (Solar Hijri Calendar).

Shinwari also said the government took this step to ensure security, because many terrorist activities, blasts, and various other crimes are being carried out using unregistered mobile SIM cards.

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