In 2018, US software-based telecom networking provider, Mavenir, will continue to embrace disruptive, innovative technology architectures and business models that drive service agility, flexibility and velocity, the company's president told Telecom Review. Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018, BG Kumar discussed Mavenir's recent projects and acquisitions that serve the telecom sector.

Read more: Mavenir’s BG Kumar hails disruptive technology

Every digital transformation process is accompanied by challenges throughout each one of its phases, said Khaled Charif, Director of Technology and Innovation, NXN while tackling the challenges that businesses face when trying to digitize their activities. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Charif highlighted key technology trends that will mark the industry in 2018 and shed light on the importance of integrating advanced technologies into one digital platform.

Read more: NXN addresses the benefits of integrating technologies into one digital platform

As any seasoned traveler will know, international roaming rates for calls, data and SMS can be expensive. What if you could stay connected globally without carrier roaming charges? That's what Joseph Ged, former CEO of Ooredoo Algeria and board member of Ooredoo Tunisia, set out to accomplish. Speaking to Telecom Review, Ged talked up his new mobile service Wonet which allows you to make and receive free and cost-effective calls worldwide by using a "virtual number".

Read more: Wonet offers free roaming using a 'virtual number'

Topics ranging from 4G services and fiber-to-the-home, to 5G testing and smart cities were discussed in an exclusive interview with H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt. In an attempt to transform Egypt into a digital country, the ministry of communications and information technology is executing projects and collaborating with the private sector to implement Egypt's digital transformation strategy, said El Kady to Telecom Review.

Read more: H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady leading Egypt towards digital transformation

Optical fibre launched the age of optical communications and ultimately transformed the way we create, share, and consume information, said Vanesa Diaz, Market Development Manager EMEA, Corning Optical Communications. Speaking to Telecom Review, she shed light on Corning's main innovative products and explained how fibre can lead the 5G revolution in the world.

Read more: Corning connecting the world through optical innovative solutions

TELUS CTO, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon has identified what he believes are the three main obstacles preventing the acceleration of 5G deployment across the ICT industry. The CTO of the Canadian operator gave an exclusive interview to Telecom Review at the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit in Dubai. In a compelling interview, Dr. Gedeon called on the industry to 'get its act together' with regards to 5G standardization - and also highlighted the success of its partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei on the creation of a 5G Living Lab in Vancouver.

Read more: TELUS CTO highlights three major challenges preventing acceleration of 5G deployment

New fiber systems that are coming into the Middle East and Africa are as much a threat as an opportunity to data side of the satellite industry, claims Luxembourg-based satellite giant SES. Speaking to Telecom Review, Vice President, EMEA Fixed Data Sales at SES Networks, Simon Gatty Saunt said fiber roll-out has actually positively impacted SES's GEO and MEO deployments in the region. Mr. Saunt touched on other challenges facing the satellite industry today and also touted SES's move to create two business units last year.

Read more: Fiber roll-out: A double-edged sword to satellite industry

Nowadays, women are playing a key role in the telecommunications and ICT field by assuming high level positions in international companies. The 9th edition of Telecom Review Summit sought to highlight women's contribution to the industry by bringing some of the most influential women in telecoms. Dr. Nadine Akkari, PhD holder and researcher was one of the participants and panelists. Telecom Review had the chance to interview her to shed light on her participation in the event.

Read more: Dr. Nadine Akkari: “IoT has become an integral part of our life”

With a clear vision to "Connect the Nation", Ogero has made great strides this year thanks to the efforts deployed to improve Lebanon's infrastructure and enable growth in the country. Speaking to Telecom Review, Imad Kreidieh, director general and chairman of Ogero, declared that the Lebanese people will feel the immediate impact of the improvements undertaken by Ogero to put in a place a solid fiber infrastructure which will pave the way towards FTTC and FTTH deployment.

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The Virgin Mobile brand was officially launched by Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) on September 5 in the UAE, making history as the first fully digital mobile service in the country. Karim Benkirane, Managing Director of Virgin Mobile UAE, said the brand has ditched tradition by operating exclusively through a mobile app.

Read more: UAE’s third mobile brand ditches tradition

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