The Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) has recently announced the opening of its center of excellence "China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO" established in El Ghazala Technological Park, Tunis within the scope of the bilateral relationship between the League of Arab States and the People's Republic of China and the cooperation agreement signed by H.E. Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary General of AICTO and H.E. Mr. Chengai Ran , CEO of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) in Cairo, Egypt on the 20th of January 2016.

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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) revealed that the number of data systems provided in cooperation with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and other government entities on bayanat.ae has reached more than 500 systems, covering various educational, health, environment and other fields. TRA said that this achievement is the result of cooperation with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and more than 36 federal and local entities, to enhance the UAE strategic direction towards digital transformation, keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and utilize data in finding innovative solutions to future challenges.

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With a wide geographical footprint spanning over 11 countries in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia, IPT PowerTech pursued its strategic expansion plan in the Middle East region through the acquisition of its latest affiliate "Shabakkat KSA" in October 2017, delivering the most versatile and complicated projects in KSA and neighboring countries. Our journey has been a rapid evolution to becoming a regional power system integrator with reach to 50 countries and more than 4,000 experts on boards, and one of the few companies in the region, if not the only one, to combine product R&D to our assembly facilities in Romania and Lebanon.

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The 10th Telecom Review Summit kicked off in Lebanon on Friday April 13, 2018, gathering the country and region's most influential industry players under one ceiling. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri, President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, the Telecom Review Summit gathered over 450 attendees from over 18 countries, and hosted Lebanon's first 5G trial conducted by local telecom operator Alfa and Swedish vendor Ericsson.

Read more: 10th Telecom Review Summit in Lebanon achieved great success with 450+ attendees from 18+ countries

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently received a delegation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in the Kingdom of Bahrain, aimed at reviewing the most prominent practices and strategies related to the management of regulatory and licensing affairs, finance, spectrum, human resources, and customer happiness.

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The UAE's Minister of Infrastructure Development and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence recently met to explore the application of artificial intelligence technology in the federal roads and their field tour to the Kalba Ring Road development project, which will contribute to a reduction of 54 percent in project duration, 37 percent in fuel consumption, 80 percent in manpower dependence and 40 percent in equipment and manpower needed.

Read more: UAE explores artificial intelligence for infrastructure sector

InMobiles announced its collaboration platform "iGrow" powered by their proven OSG platform "Apollo". Startups and developers participating in iGrow gain immediate access in addition to available real-time messaging, voice, billing and location services within telecom operators to sell to their business customers.

Read more: InMobiles’ iGrow platform presenting new business opportunities for startups and operators

Fifth generation (5G) networks will soon be a reality in the Middle East following the successful completion of the first implementable Release 15 5G New Radio (NR) specifications published in December 2017 at the 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The announcement set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019.

Read more: The Middle East gears up for 5G

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