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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a history spanning over 140 years, Ericsson has proven itself to be a resilient partner for telecom operators looking to monetize into new revenue streams. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said the company's experience and understanding of using automation and processes makes it the ideal partner for telecom operators willing to embrace change.
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.
Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, is a consulting and engineering company in the telecommunications sector. Telecom Review spoke to Sofrecom CEO Guillaume Boudin and managing director of Sofrecom Middle East, Elias Saab, about the company's role in reshaping telecom operators' business models to keep up with industry disruption.
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.
Smart Dubai, an initiative anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth. The organization's visionary leader, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, spoke to Telecom Review about the importance of embracing digital practices and data sharing.