The telecom ecosystem in the MENA region is very diverse in that while many countries are striving to deploy the latest network innovations, many less mature markets are struggling to keep up. Telecom Review sat down with Mavenir’s head of region in Dubai, Mark Charman, to gain some insight into the latest 5G innovations, trends and developments in the region, specifically in the UAE.

Read more: How Mavenir is navigating the diverse telecom ecosystem in the MENA region

CommScope has played a key role in shaping the digital future here in the region through positioning itself at the forefront of smart infrastructure through the products and services that it offers which have made communication easier, faster and more efficient. Its mission is to build stronger connections and shape the future of communication through optimizing bandwidth.

Read more: ‘The 5G future has just begun’ says CommScope’s Femi Oshiga

The Middle East has an increasingly diverse tech ecosystem, with many players at the forefront of innovation and transformation while others are still trying to keep up. It is indeed a dynamic market and Nokia has been working with various countries in the Middle East to deploy 5G technology. Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with Nokia’s Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit, to discuss the latest developments within the region regarding 5G deployments, how to better understand the region’s needs and finding ways to address these needs.

Read more: Nokia brings end-to-end 5G global leadership to the Middle East

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Hackers brought down the BBC's websites for several hours in a large-scale hacking attack, the British public broadcaster reported.

""Sources within the BBC said the sites were offline thanks to what is known as a 'distributed denial of service' (DDOS) attack,"" the BBC reported.

DDOS attacks are used to slow down or disable a network by flooding it with communication requests.

Users trying to access and related websites could only see an error message saying: ""The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy.""

The BBC press office blamed the problem on a technical issue. However, despite continued problems with access to the sites, they reported later in an update saying: ""The BBC website is now back up and operating normally.""

It's worth mentioning that the BBC's international website, and its news app reached a readership of more than 101 million unique browsers a month earlier this year.

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