Today's connected world is generating huge amounts of data and it is only the beginning. In the near future, technologies that are now at their early adoption and still undergoing development will produce unimaginable amounts of data that will go through the cloud and subsequently the telecommunications infrastructure. Companies will then face challenges mostly related to providing enough bandwidth. Changing the way they handle data is a must.

Read more: Can telecoms providers really handle the ‘data tsunami’?

Everyday, we are drowned even more into the online world. With the fast development of services, the consumer is making more online purchases and accessing more services all through his mobile. For example, purchasing goods or carrying out a bank operation through your bank's mobile application are both very common actions that have never been easier. Undoubtedly, this is considered as a huge step forward for technology; however, it carries various challenges regarding the security of the consumer's digital identity and the privacy of our personal data online. One of the biggest challenges is developing systems that allow any person to authenticate his/her online identity.

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H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, the Deputy Director General for Telecommunications Sector at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been elected as the Chairman for the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, which is being held in Dubai.

Read more: Deputy Director General of TRA elected as chairman for ITU PP-18 conference

The adoption of artificial intelligence has been rapidly accelerating across the regions that embraced its impact on industries, economies and lives. The Middle East has seen a significant increase in the technology's adoption and parts of the region have already embraced the new digital age. A study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region will grow from $37.5 million in 2017 to over $100 million by 2021, representing a growth rate of 32% a year.

Read more: The Middle East embraces artificial intelligence: Strategies and initiatives

Breakthroughs in deep learning and reinforcement learning are driving a new wave of AI advances. AI applications are now widely deployed across almost all industries, whether through auto-piloting technology, unmanned supermarkets, intelligent voice assistants and more. AI has become a new powerful engine that drives industry digital transformation.

Read more: Spearheading AI and 5G development in Middle East

Sofrecom and Comsof will cooperate more closely to plan and design future-proof fiber networks in the MENA region. Telcos can benefit from the combination of Sofrecom's consultancy and analytical experience in this sector and the state-of-the-art fiber planning tool of Comsof, resulting in huge planning and design benefits and less worrying about human-made errors.

Read more: Sofrecom teams up with Comsof to design future-proof fiber networks in MENA region

Tech-savvy consumers, ICT experts, and companies in every tech-related field were all present at the most-attended event in the Middle East. The 38th edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) was held at Dubai's World Trade Center gathered over 4,000 exhibitors from 100 countries ranging from large companies to startups and government entities. Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened GITEX 2018 and visited the stands of the most prominent technological companies.

Read more: The new digital age comes to life at GITEX 2018

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