It's no secret that telecom operators have struggled against the popularity of over-the-top (OTT) applications like WhatsApp and Skype, who have challenged traditional voice and SMS revenue streams. Some operators have called for regulators to subject OTTs to legacy telecommunications regulations in order to even the playing field. But such suggestions are misguided, according to the ITU.

Read more: Telcos and OTTs shouldn’t be subject to same rules

Mobile data will be the main driver of growth in the African telecoms market, with the number of mobile broadband connections on the continent set to more than double over the coming five years, and rise from 419 million at the end of 2017, to 1.07 billion at the end of 2022, according to analysis and consultancy firm Ovum.

Read more: Africa will have over 1 billion broadband connections by 2022

Smartphones are evolving far beyond traditional calling and texting. According to Counterpoint Research, one in three smartphones in 2020 will be embedded with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities at the chipset level. Evidence of this trend can already been seen in Huawei's recently unveiled Mate 10 Series smartphones that are fitted with an AI chipset.

Read more: The rise of AI-capable smartphones

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom, one of Africa's largest technology, media and telecommunications events. This year the event kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa on November 8, at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC). During the keynote sessions, delegates discussed digital transformation and traded ideas about how technology can boost development in Africa.

Read more: #AfricaCom2017 kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa

Huawei's consumer unit, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), unveiled the first Middle East 'Experience Store' at Dubai Mall. The new store - unveiled by Gene Jiao, president of Huawei CBG, Middle East & Africa - offers consumers a full retail experience, which includes access to Huawei's latest products and services under one roof.

Read more: Huawei unveils first Dubai-based store at Dubai Mall

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has completed the smart transformation process of the frequency spectrum services as part of its strategy to enhance smart transformation in the UAE. Customers can now receive frequency spectrum services from their location without the need to visit TRA or its service centers, starting by applying for the service, until transaction is completed.

Read more: TRA issues the last manually signed spectrum authorization

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