High-level ICT industry executives (CTOs) have highlighted the strategic importance of international standardization's support for the evolution of global telecommunications networks and the contribution of artificial intelligence (AI) to the reduction of operational expenditure and the improvement of the use and maintenance of networks.

Read more: ITU-TSB director CTO meeting: Exchanging views on industry needs and standardization priorities

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data and robotics are keys to shaping a positive future. Networked and sustainable cities, autonomous vehicles, intelligent factories and personalized health services are determining our everyday lives. With these technological innovations, the way we live and work will change fundamentally. They bear enormous potential for economic prosperity and social progress. But how can society successfully carry out this transformation?

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Huawei has outlined its ambition to become a "global iconic tech brand". Ms. Glory Cheung, Huawei Consumer Business Group's Chief Marketing Officer, made the statement at the Chinese company's ‘Future of Innovation' event held in Dubai on Sept. 20. Ms. Cheung was joined by two other Huawei Business Consumer Group executives, who emphasized the company's ambition to become the number one smartphone brand.

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Dubai never fails to impress with its forward-thinking approach to technological innovation. Dubai Police recently unveiled the emirate's ambitious approach to law enforcement: a robot policeman equipped with cameras and facial recognition software. China is taking a similar approach, with companies developing artificial intelligence designed to predict crimes before they occur.

Read more: Crime-predicting AI: The future of law enforcement

Independent research conducted in the US and UK on behalf of Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile traffic, has found that the majority of mobile subscribers (76%) welcome help from mobile operators who can offer them sign-ins for apps and services.  

Read more: 76% of Subscribers are interested in single sign-on services from their mobile operator

In a move that would encourage Saudi Arabia's telecom sector, His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Eng. Abdullah Alswaha recently visited the headquarters of both Zain Saudi Arabia and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) in Riyadh, where he honored the companies for their efforts during Hajj season.

Read more: Saudi ICT Minister Abdullah Alswaha honors telcos for Hajj efforts

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