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

The Telecom Review Summit returns to Dubai in 2017 bigger and better than ever. Taking place from 6-7 December at the Meydan Hotel, the Summit is targeting 600+ attendees from all corners of the globe in the converging telecoms and IT industries. Due to the growing success of the Summit, this year it will be extended to cover two days instead of one. Day 2 of the event will host an ITU CXO meeting.

Read more: Don't miss out! Register for the Telecom Review Summit 2017

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized the Africa Global Business Forum (AGBF) on November 1 and 2, gathering high-level government officials and business leaders from across the African continent to convene at Madinat Jumeirah. Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, HE Majid Saif Al Ghurair, said Africa's tech-savvy entrepreneurs will bring "positive change and usher in a new era of economic and social progress."

Read more: Entrepreneurs descend on Dubai to discuss Africa’s digital future

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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