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

Communications infrastructure company CommScope is preparing for fifth generation networks (5G) by helping wireless operators reach Gigabit LTE speeds. The road to 5G is paved with LTE, CommScope's VP of Sales, Service Providers, Middle East and Africa, Femi Oshiga, told Telecom Review at Mobile World Congress 2018, where the company's latest LTE and 5G solutions were on display.

Read more: CommScope: The road to 5G is paved with LTE

Mobile connectivity is shaping the way we do day to day activities. Whether it be mobile banking, mobile health or surfing the world-wide web, mobile coverage has become a part of who we are. Service providers are aware of the benefits mobile coverage presents, but when it comes to deploying new coverage, operators are faced with many challenges. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rajesh Mishra, CTO, Parallel Wireless, discussed in depth those challenges and highlighted the importance and use cases of the company's vRAN-based solution.

Read more: Parallel Wireless empowering mobile operators to cost-effectively deploy new coverage

Comba Telecom, a leading global wireless solutions provider announced at Mobile World Congress this year its 5G solutions that enable state-of-the-art 5G connectivity with their breakthrough Massive MIMO and Beamforming technology. On this occasion, Telecom Review interviewed Simon Yeung, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Comba Telecom System Holdings Limited and President of Comba Telecom Systems International Limited.

Read more: Comba Telecom bringing 5G functions to reality

Emerging technologies such as IoT, 5G and artificial intelligence are creating new opportunities for telecom providers in the enterprise space, and therefore they require internal systems that 'transcend to enterprise', Ericsson's Head of Digital Services Middle East and Africa (MEA), Indranil Das told Telecom Review. Automation will play a significant role in this, added Ericsson's Head of Managed Services MEA, Eva Andren.

Read more: Automation is key to telco efficiency, says Ericsson

Highlighting the Lebanese operator's achievements in 2017, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Emre Gurkan, CEO, touch, shed light on touch's leadership position in the mobile telecommunications market, as well on the company's plans and aspirations for the upcoming year, notably in terms of digitization.

Read more: touch emphasizes its aspiration to become Lebanon’s Digital Network Ambassador

Palestine Telecom Group (PalTel) is the largest employer in the Palestinian Authority after the government. Jawwal, PalTel's mobile operator subsidiary, officially launched 3G services in the West Bank in January 2018, but not yet in Gaza. Speaking to Telecom Review, PalTel chief executive officer, Ammar Aker, said it is the company's "obligation and right" to demand 4G capabilities having "requested the frequencies for 4G for the past three years" from Israel.

Read more: Palestine Telecom Group CEO: It’s our right to demand 4G

In a wide-ranging interview with Telecom Review, Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, talked up the company's role in making 'generational investments' for Canadians such as rolling out fiber and preparing for 5G. Gedeon, recognized by Telecom Review as 'Industry CTO of the Year' in 2017, also shared his perspective on what makes an effective chief technology officer.

Read more: TELUS CTO talks up fiber and 5G as ‘generational investments’

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