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

The telecommunications industry is continuously evolving, influencing unexpected industries - even the energy sector. Now that connectivity is such a vital part of modern lifestyle, people today expect telecom operators to provide them with seamless service. But that isn't always possible, especially for remote and rural regions that often suffer from power blackouts. That was, until zinc-air energy storage emerged as a promising solution.

Read more: Zinc-air energy storage and its connection to telecoms

WiFi connections now exist almost everywhere in modern infrastructure, found in a multitude of areas, from cafes to your local bus stop, airports, schools and offices. Without the convenience of WiFi, connecting with people on-the-go wouldn't be anywhere near as easy as it is today. For a long time, WiFi didn't penetrate the commercial airline industry. Traveling through the sky, passengers were expected to switch off their mobile phone and accept a general lack of connectivity with the world below. That tradition has changed in recent years, with the emergence of reliable and often free WiFi services available on commercial flights.

Read more: In-flight WiFi: The final frontier of convenient connectivity

Ever dreamed of kicking back, letting go of the wheel and reading the paper during the commute to work? In large cities, that could soon be a reality. We have reached an era where every single device or object is connected. We have reached a point where our cars can take us for a long ride without even bothering to drive ourselves.

Read more: Smart cars : Let go of the steering wheel and enjoy the ride

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