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The future of the 5G network in Mexico
Although the deployment of the 5G network in Mexico will only be available in limited areas, with 3% of the population, it is expected that in 2025 it will have an adoption of 14%, about 18 million connections. Although the challenges faced by Mexico in the area of telecommunications and connectivity are diverse, some specialized firms and technology providers such as Allot and GSMA detail that Mexico is one of the leading countries for the deployment of the 5G network to become possible in the Latin American region, having as the first runways to Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City. "As a result, it is expected to see the fastest adoption of 5G in Mexico, with 18 million connections (14% adoption) by 2025, followed by Brazil, with 26 million connections (11% adoption), and Peru, with 4 million connections (10% adoption)," says GSMA. One of the benefits that the 5G will give to the devices is the connection speed, which currently oscillates in 200 megabytes per second and which will pass up to 20 gigabytes per second, with a more stable connectivity. That represents a quantum leap in Internet speed, which will be between 100 and 1,000 times faster.
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On The Rails
The number of passengers using the railway system in Egypt reached 21.9  million in January, as the train remains considered an easy and comfortable means of transport for traveling round the country independently. Yet, the system does  not come without errors.  Seeking to relieve crowds at the station, and to avoid queues outside ticket kiosks, the Ministry of Transport officially launched a new application in October 2018 that would help users book their ride via mobile phones for the first  time.  Egypt’s first railway line was established in1851; and since then, booking tickets has always been through ticket booths, requiring passengers to head to the station hours before their trip’s departure time to save seats. A website was available in recent years for online bookings, but it would often crash and was criticised for  not being user-friendly.  The new free application, its name in English translating to “Egypt Trains – Booking and Inquiries,” is considered one of the latest bids in the government’s move for the digital transformation of services, aiming to relieve the ordeals often involved in the booking process, especially for people using the trains on a frequent basis to commute for work across different governorates.  Assigned to be the application’s developer, Transport Information Technology CO (TransIT) has introduced it for Android users, and is working to adapt the service to other operating systems, like IOS. The application has attracted around 80,915 users thus far, while the total number of people who installed the app hit 210,371, the company announced.  By installing the app, booking tickets will become at travelers’ fingertips, and they will conclude the process through their phones by creating profiles, following registration steps and paying by credit cards.  The new application does not replace standard ticket purchases at the stations.  Assigned to be the application’s developer, Transport Information Technology CO (TransIT) has introduced it for Android users, and is working to adapt the service to other operating systems, like IOS. The application has attracted around 80,915 users thus far, while the total number of people who installed the app hit 210,371, the company announced.  By installing the app, booking tickets will become at travelers’ fingertips, and they will conclude the process through their phones by creating profiles, following registration steps and paying by credit cards.  The new application does not replace standard ticket purchases at the stations.  E-booking experience  Currently available only in Arabic language, the application asks users to create a registered profile by entering their names and national ID numbers. Users who already have accounts on the Egyptian National Railways Authority’s website will not need to sign up again.  Users need to enter their visa card number, through which they will electronically purchase the tickets, after selecting precise dates and seat numbers.  The application allows users to make complaints and to leave recommendations for better service. Each passenger can book up to four tickets, with their names added to the tickets.  The application asks users to approve a list of conditions and regulations, which include that the main passenger should be the owner of the visa card used in the booking process, or that the ticket holder should be one of his/her relatives. Then users determine the arrival and departure stations, the date and time of travel, the train class and the number of seats.    Source:https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/73230/On-The-Rails
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5G to Launch in Egypt at the African Cup of Nations
Huawei announced on Monday evening that it will roll out its 5G network for the first time in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations. The Chinese technology company explained that the 5G network will be launched and tested at Cairo International Stadium, which is set to host key matches during the African Cup of Nations between June and July 2019. “This year, Egypt will host the Africa football champions, Huawei will cooperate with Telecom Egypt to bring 5G technology experience to Egypt for the first time,” said Huawei in a press release. Huawei’s announcement followed a similar announcement by Dr Amr Talaat, the Minister of Communication & Information Technology, who said that Egypt would also be cooperating with Huawei in the field of artificial intelligence. Representatives from Huawei and the Egyptian government have held numerous meetings over the past few years, including two high-level meetings in 2019 to promote digital cooperation between Egypt and China. According to Huawei, the Chinese company has been operating in Egypt since 1999 and is keen to ‘match the government and Egyptian market demands and contribute to Egypt’s digital economy development’. US, UK AND AUSTRALIA ‘SECURITY CONCERNS’ Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly (left one) met with Li Jie (left two), Chairman of Huawei’s Supervisory Board. Credit: Huawei Elsewhere in the world, security concerns have been raised about Huawei and its 5G network.     Source:https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/04/24/5g-to-launch-in-egypt-at-the-african-cup-of-nations/
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ICT sector achieves average growth of 15% in 9 months
The Sector of Information and Communication Technology recorded an average growth of 15 percent during the last nine months, exceeding the expected rate by 3 percent, according to the Communication Ministry.  During the annual conference TECH INVEST 3, it was revealed that the ministry’s plan aims to build a strong base of young Egyptian trainees at the highest professional level and to support the strategy of artificial intelligence, Block Chain and cyber security.  The plan targets facing the current challenges through using information technology, affirming that Egypt is able to become at the forefront of the world in the field of information technology by building a broad base of capabilities and skills.  The Ministry of Communications is building eight complexes of creativity in eight different provinces, and it began to establish a digital academy providing 1000 hours of lectures by a number of specialized experts.  This came during the inauguration of the annual conference TECH INVEST 3 on Tuesday held by the General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat.  The slogan of the annual conference is "Investing in Egypt's future digital economy”.    Source: http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/71475/ICT-sector-achieves-average-growth-of-15-in-9-months  
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Apple Card now available to all iPhone users in the US
Apple Card, created by Apple, is available in the US. Customers can apply for Apple Card through the Wallet app on iPhone in minutes and start using it right away with Apple Pay in stores, in apps and on websites. Built on simplicity, transparency and privacy, Apple Card has no fees, encourages customers to pay less interest, offers an easy-to-understand view of spending and provides a new level of privacy and security. Apple Card’s compelling rewards program, Daily Cash, gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day. Customers will receive 2 percent Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay, and 3 percent Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services. Apple Card is extending 3 percent Daily Cash to more merchants and apps. Starting today, customers will receive 3 percent Daily Cash when they use Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats. Apple Card will continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months. Apple Card delivers new experiences only possible with the power of iPhone, including reaching support 24/7 by simply sending a text from Messages. To help customers better understand their spending, Apple Card uses machine learning and Apple Maps to clearly label transactions with merchant names and locations in Wallet, and provides weekly and monthly spending summaries. There are absolutely no fees associated with Apple Card: no annual, late, international or over-the-limit fees. To help customers make informed choices, Apple Card shows a range of payment options and calculates the interest cost on different payment amounts in real time. Apple Card also provides a new level of privacy and security. The unique security and privacy architecture created for Apple Card means Apple does not know where a customer shopped, what they bought or how much they paid. Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs as its issuing bank. Goldman Sachs will never share or sell data to third parties for marketing and advertising. Apple is also partnering with Mastercard to provide the support of a global payments network.

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