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A roundup of tower news across MENA

Afghanistan: Afghan Telecom to launch 4G

Afghan Telecom has announced plans to launch commercial 4G services by the end of 2019. The activation would turn the operator into the second one to launch an LTE system in the country, following Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), which switched on the nation’s first 4G network in May 2017.

Bahrain: Batelco phases out 2G and launches National Broadband Network division

Batelco has confirmed it will phase out its 2G network by 31 December 2019, in a move to free up network capacity for 5G mobile technology. The operator has also officially launched its National Broadband Network (BNET), the group’s new independent wholesale unit resulting from the company’s legal separation and restructuring into two separate entities focused on retail and wholesale operations, completed in May 2019.


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