Artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart cities are some of the technologies defining du’s ICT journey. In an interview with Telecom Review, Jihad Tayara, vice president ICT Business Development, du, and Marwan Bindalmook, SVP ICT Solutions & Smart City Operations, du, talked in depth about the operator’s journey to improve customer experience and to position Dubai as a leading smart city.

Read more: Du’s ICT journey brings innovative solutions to life

Huawei is accelerating digital transformation in the Middle East through the development of 5G technologies, its AI portfolio and smart cities strategy. Telecom Review spoke with Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President - Digital Industries Strategy, Huawei during GITEX 2018 to know more about Huawei 5G Ecosystem Conference that was organized in the framework of the Huawei Middle East 3rd Innovation Day. He also highlighted Huawei's contribution at the level of 5G development, AI and smart cities.

Read more: Huawei helping the industry get to the next level

Ericsson appointed a new CEO and executive team 18 months ago which has led to the adoption of a new strategy that the company calls ‘the Focused Business Strategy’ because it is more customer-oriented. Telecom Review had the opportunity to speak to Helena Norrman, senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer and head of marketing & corporate relations at Ericsson to know more about the vendor’s new strategy and get an update on what to expect in 2019.

Read more: A customer-focused strategy puts Ericsson back on track

Gint Atkinson, VP of Network Strategy and Architecture Technology at SES Networks, has said that its next generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation, O3b mPOWER, will be an industry game-changer. Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with the charismatic executive at Telecoms World Middle East who eloquently expressed what his future predictions were within the ever-evolving satellite industry ecosystem.

Read more: SES Networks’ new mPOWER satellites will be an industry game-changer

Du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), showcased and demonstrated some of its cutting-edge innovations and solutions that are helping enterprises achieve their digital transformation objectives at the recently-concluded GITEX Technology Week. Du's strategic vision is clear and that is to help customers embark upon digitalization. Du has been a pioneer for championing revolutionary technology that has the capabilities to transform enterprises and industries and the operator is a key enabler in the UAE's quest to accelerate its 'smart transformation'.

Read more: du drives digital transformation to keep people 'connected'

Oracle has been providing leading edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service for hundred thousands of customers all over the world, which has placed it as a leader in the ICT field. Senior vice president - Technology, Middle East and Africa at Oracle, Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban told Telecom Review in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of GITEX Technology Week 2018, how he sees the company's role in the Middle East. He also explained the process of shifting to the hybrid cloud, which something many companies are considering.

Read more: Oracle takes cloud database to the next level

Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, SVP, Corporate Communications, Etisalat Group, highlighted the focus this year at the GITEX Technology Week, 'Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies', built on a vision to provide futuristic solutions and services that will have a fundamental impact on people's lives.

Read more: Etisalat is ‘Leading the 5G Revolution’ with the commercial deployment of 5G and continued...

Open source solutions are accelerating nowadays cloud adoption and innovation and their adoption has accelerated throughout the years. Red Hat, provider of enterprise grade open source software solutions is a world leader in this field with its flagship Linux Enterprise operating system. In order to discover more about open source solutions, Telecom Review spoke to Mike Piech, Vice President and General Manager, Middleware, Red Hat.

Read more: “The open source world is where the innovation is happening” says Red Hat’s Mike Piech

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