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Gartner says digital banking demands new technologies and vendors

Banks face intense pressure to increase efficiencies and reduce costs while delivering next-generation digital services; however, incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements, according to a new report from Gartner. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2019, 25% of retail banks will use start-up providers to replace legacy online and […]


Oman Arab Bank chooses SmartVista to boost its card business

BPC Banking Technologies has announced that Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has selected SmartVista suite to enhance its payment business. SmartVista is to replace the existing legacy ACI Open2 platform to enable the bank to meet its objective of having a modern and flexible platform to continue to adapt to the changing retail banking market. Following […]


TRA signs partnership with Senegal to share best ICT practices

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts of Senegal as part of TRA’s strategic partnership programme with telecoms regulatory authorities worldwide to share best practices in the sector. The MOU was signed on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the International […]


Winners of 2016 .GOV award ‘Best Public-Private Partnership Project’

The Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) and SAP won the ‘Best Public / Private Partnership Project’ category at the 2nd edition of the .GOV Awards for Dubai and the Northern Emirates 2016, an annual event that seeks to honour organisations and IT professionals that are leading the digital transformation of government in the UAE, which was […]


Insight from DarkMatter on how to deal quickly with the SWIFT threat

A recent attack against the SWIFT international financial transaction system has focused attention on the potential cascading threat of an interconnected yet not fully integrated system.


Ooredoo completes major 4G+ Supernet network upgrade in Qatar

Ooredoo has today announced the completion of a major Supernet upgrade, adding the new category 9 LTE-advanced standard to its mobile network, which brings multiple 4G frequencies together to support download speeds of up to 325Mbps for customers. The mobile network upgrade, which is part of the on-going Ooredoo Supernet enhancement programme, will be available […]


RAKBANK chooses Gemalto to support contactless EMV payments in the UAE

Gemalto has been chosen by RAKBANK to support its migration to contactless EMV payments to benefit from this system’s speed, convenience and security. Gemalto is supplying RAKBANK with its dual interface cards, which will be personalised by the Bank using the already implemented Gemalto Dexxis issuance system. RAKBANK is initially deploying the cards for the […]


Kalaam Telecom joins Etisalat’s SmartHub to expand its ME connectivity

Etisalat has announced its partnership with Kalaam Telecom to establish point of presence (PoP) at Etisalat’s SmartHub in UAE. The announcement was made during a special signing ceremony at International Telecoms Week (ITW) held in Chicago recently. As part of the Etisalat SmartHub, Kalaam Telecom will support its interconnections, capacity and expand its reach into […]


Middle East banks hit by wave of targeted attacks

FireEye has recently revealed a wave of cyberattacks against banks in the Middle East. FireEye’s Dynamic Threat Intelligence (DTI) identified emails containing malicious attachments being sent to multiple banks in the region. The threat actors appear to be performing initial reconnaissance against would-be targets and were detected since they were using unique scripts not commonly […]


OMA Emirates affirms participation at Cards & Payments Middle East ‘16

OMA Emirates has announced its participation at Cards & Payments Middle East 2016 on May 31 – June 1 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The company will focus on its new market place solution ‘Bazaar’ and has developed the OMA Retail Suite solution which is a technology platform that lays the foundation for […]


STC announces the upcoming launch of “Jawwy from STC” in KSA

In response to the changing dynamics of the telecommunications industry and to cater to the unique demographics of the Saudi Arabian market, the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) has announced the upcoming launch of ‘Jawwy from STC.’ This digital mobile experience utilises an online, digital service model, featuring its own SIM, app and freshly designed digital channels […]


Gulf Air signs partnership agreement with TransSys Solutions

Gulf Air and TransSys Solutions announced that they have partnered to enhance Oracle E-Business Suite capabilities and features to utilise latest technologies such as mobility and interface to Hybrid Cloud. The agreement was signed by Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air and Prabu Balasubramanyan, Executive Director, TransSys Solutions. As part of Gulf Air’s […]