Saudi Arabia is going through rapid transformation, according to Deemah AlYahya, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU), a government arm mandated to accelerate efforts to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 objectives, an initiative to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil dependence. This transformation, Ms. AlYahya said, will require collaboration, open data sharing and injecting innovation into citizens.
5G is the next evolution in the mobile space. But realizing 5G cannot be achieved with the current centralized network architecture, according to Cherif Sleiman, VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa at IT automation and security firm Infoblox. Mobile network architecture must be altered, he said, by pushing services and intelligence security to the edge of the network rather than the core.
At this year’s GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, communications infrastructure provider CommScope shared insights on how the company continues to redefine the market to meet the next wave of computing requirements. Telecom Review caught up with CommScope’s recently appointed VP of Sales, Service Providers, Middle East & Africa, Femi Oshiga, whose objective is to extend CommScope’s portfolio elements in all key markets in a sustainable manner.
According to Majed Bin Saad Al Arifi, marketing director and spokesperson, Elm, the company has fully embraced an innovation-based vision for building a better future for society via the development of digital services and products; training and advisory services; outsourcing & administrative support solutions and emerging business solutions. He shared that Elm is currently working on more than 100 projects with government entities and large organizations. In addition, the company is marketing over 46 brands across a client base of 40,000. The company strives to constantly cater to the needs of its local and international clients in the public and private sectors.
Huawei has positioned itself as an IoT leader. The Chinese company has undertaken several initiatives that aim to accelerate IoT ecosystem development both regionally and globally. Speaking to Telecom Review ahead of GITEX 2017, Charles Yang, president, Huawei Middle East, disclosed some of the ways in which Huawei is driving long-term sustainability in the Middle East region through various initiatives aimed at enabling successful IoT strategy and business development.
Whether mobile payments at the point of service or access control in public transport, wherever near field communication (NFC) is used, errors can happen. German manufacturer of test equipment, COMPRION, has come up with a solution, according to Marketing Director Hajo Sandschneider, who spoke to Telecom Review about the company's undercover tracing of contactless payments.
Etisalat GITEX presence this year
The UAE today is at the forefront of a digital driven economy with serious efforts focused on digitalization and globalization maintaining an ecosystem that is interconnected by digital platforms aided by a seamless flow of information and ideas. This has changed the way we conduct our business and live our lives. Etisalat is playing an instrumental role in making this digital dream a reality enabled by its robust network and infrastructure. 'Driving the Digital Future' is the theme this year at GITEX Technology Week that signifies the company's mission to participate in creating a connected future in UAE. Today, we are transitioning to a digital future with our offering of digitized solutions and services.
The main challenge facing telecom operators in Africa is competition and regulatory stability, according to Mr. Abdellatif Bouziani, CEO of telecom provider Smart East Africa Group serving Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. Speaking to Telecom Review, Mr. Bouziani said governments in Africa have sold too many operating licenses which have forced prices down, but operating costs remain the same.
Working with five of the top seven Ethernet service providers, ADVA Optical Networking has a deep understanding of the telecom business, said Annette Geuther, Senior Vice President, Sales Emerging Markets, speaking to Telecom Review. Geuther opened up about the company's latest solutions, achievements and aspirations, and how the company is the industry's "leading trusted partner".
Etisalat Egypt has a positive outlook despite fallout from liberalization of the Egyptian pound in 2016 - a move that saw its value reduced by almost 50 percent against the US dollar. Speaking to Telecom Review, Khaled Hegazy, Etisalat Egypt's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, said the company's positive outlook is based on the size of the Egyptian market and the aspirations of youth.