NXN, a thought leader in smart cities and next generation technology innovations domains recently announced a strategic agreement with telecommunications operator, EITC (du), to help accelerate the deployment of smart energy solutions within various industries across the UAE. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive with NXN's chief business officer, Labib Matta, in an effort to find out more about this innovative partnership.

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StrataNet is one of the newest entrants in the international telecommunications market. It is set to “shake things up” starting with the submarine fiber optic cable market across Asia. It is not your typical telco or just another private equity group looking to build the next multi-country subsea cable system, who promises to outperform anything the market has seen before.  Instead, StrataNet’s sole purpose is to integrate and monetize disparate, under-utilized and under-valued telecommunication assets to deliver a multi-path, multi-country network underpinned by an unprecedented commercial model for its customers. This approach is now enabling several StrataNet customers to rapidly expand their network at well-below average market costs. Telecom Review visited with Chris de Josselin, CEO, StrataNet Group, who gives an overview of some of the services and commercial innovations that StrataNet is bringing to the marketplace.

Read more: The next era in subsea - 3 billion people, 12 countries, 6 systems, 1 network

Carol Wan, Vice President, Data Sales for the Asia Pacific region at PCCW Global has called for the wholesale carrier industry to start developing standards for the development and use of blockchain technology. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with the charismatic executive who expressed eloquently how the industry needs to cooperate in order to embrace the cutting-edge technology, which she feels will bring many benefits to the sector.

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President of Huawei Middle East, Charles Yang has claimed that as we approach 2020, the growth of 5G-based enhanced mobile broadband networking applications will skyrocket. In a compelling interview, Yang offers his insights into why he believes the rise of 5G is causing such a seismic shift globally in the ICT industry, addresses the challenges in deploying the next-generation technology - and predicts what impact 5G will have in the Middle East.

Read more: “5G-based enhanced mobile broadband networking apps will skyrocket” – Charles Yang, Huawei

5G transport networks are the foundation of 5G E2E systems and vital to scaled deployments of diverse applications across vertical sectors. To fulfill future service demands, transport networks must provide strong support for the assorted business demands of the 5G industry. For operators, the biggest concern is how to achieve long-term evolution based on existing architecture while ensuring maximized investment returns in as short as possible ROI periods for early 5G pilot deployments. Building a cost-effective 5G transport network within the shortest possible period to address both short- and long-term challenges has proved a difficult task for global operators.

Read more: Huawei: Transport Networks are the first step towards 5G

VP of Sales and Service providers, MEA, CommScope, Femi Oshiga, has stated that operators need to figure how they monetize use cases in order to accelerate the deployment of 5G. Operators appear thus far to be cautious before making huge investments in the required 5G infrastructure until they're assured that they will reap the returns of the capital invested.

Read more: “Operators need to find ways to monetize use cases to accelerate deployment of 5G” – CommScope

Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Dr. Marwan Alahmadi; an industry veteran who after building and scaling Telecom and IT businesses that include launch CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia and founding CBO of the Enterprise Business at Mobily, is now aiming to disrupt the Cloud market in KSA.

Read more: CEO of AlKhalijiah: “Cloud technologies will drive digital transformation”

Hany Aly, executive vice president, Enterprise Business, du, has claimed that the anticipated deployment of 5G technology will create a revolution in the types of new applications available to consumers. The du senior executive provided a fascinating insight into the diversification process the company has underwent in the last 12 months, and also highlighted how embarking on its own digital transformation journey has helped them guide other enterprises into making that transition.

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