In the framework of its efforts aiming at confirming mobile phones’ compliance with legislations and international standards in Lebanon, and in order to protect consumers from counterfeit and counter customs tax and VAT evasion, the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications Jamal Jarrah announced new measures that the ministry will start implementing in cooperation with Lebanese operators touch and Alfa.

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As the Middle East undergoes rapid digital transformation, the regional leadership is putting strategies in place to accelerate their digital agendas as a part of their national visions. The reason is simple: investing in digitalization pays. To cope with market demands and maintain a competitive edge, organizations are moving to the cloud and adopting machine learning and AI technologies to enhance their performance and are becoming smarter in the way they operate. All this requires a reliable, cost-effective and agile ICT infrastructure. This, perhaps, is the defining line between success and failure of a business or a country's economy in todays' world.

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Oman's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is planning to roll out 5G networks in Oman with the help of a national level team it established. The 5G national team includes members from the TRA and mobile network operators in the Sultanate who will develop a 5G strategy that will facilitate the deployment of the 5G network in Oman and tackle challenges that could arise during the roll-out, according to H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, chairman of TRA.

Read more: Oman commences its 5G journey

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) entered into a cooperation and referrals agreement between the innovation teams of each authority. The agreement mainly echoes the commitment of both authorities to help design an environment that supports the sustainable development of financial services through emerging technology.

Read more: Dubai, Singapore partner on fintech development

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance - which drives and guides the development of all future mobile broadband technology with a focus on 5G - published its V2X (cellular vehicle to everything) white paper containing the findings of two years of work by a task force of best in class industry specialists from across the world.

Read more: NGMN Alliance announces groundbreaking recommendations on C-V2X technology

Developments in the telecommunications industry in terms of fifth generation networks are happening at an accelerated pace now that we're getting closer to the end of 2018 - a deadline that some telcos gave for 5G deployment. The successful completion of the first implementable Release 15 5G New Radio (NR) specifications was announced in December 2017 at the 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and last June, industry players announced the official approval of the "5G standalone" specifications.

Read more: Where do regulations stand in the journey towards 5G?

New digital scenarios have emerged since the development of the very first smartphone, with data being at their heart. Robotics, artificial intelligence and connected devices have introduced a whole new era that requires overhauled infrastructure and a digital shift for businesses to keep pace with emerging trends. A new approach capable of embedding businesses into the new world appears to be crucial with the sole purpose of driving intelligence everywhere. We introduce to you the internet of thinking.

Read more: Forget about internet of things, it’s about internet of thinking now

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