The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by ICT Fund, the TRA's funding arm, signed a cooperation agreement today with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Under this agreement, the TRA will fund the Emirates Mars Mission 2117 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. 

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According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people lack formal identification. This issue was raised at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 25, where organizations from government to business called for greater multi-stakeholder cooperation on digital identity. The international community needs only to look to the United Arab Emirates for inspiration.

Read more: Digital ID: UAE leads by example

Ajman Digital Government confirmed its active participation in the UAE Hackathon, organized by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) under the theme "Data for Happiness", which is held in six stages across the seven emirates. This was confirmed by H.E. Ohood Al Shuhail, Director General of Ajman Digital Government.

Read more: Ajman Digital Government to host TRA’s UAE Hackathon

India's smartphone market has finally seen a change at the top, with Chinese vendor Xiaomi now leading with shipments close to 8.2 million units in Q4 2017, according to research firm Canalys. Despite annual growth of 17%, South Korea's Samsung failed to maintain its lead, shipping just over 7.3 million smartphones to take second place.

Read more: Xiaomi replaces Samsung as India’s top smartphone supplier

ATX Networks, a market-leading global provider of network infrastructure systems and commercial video solutions, has appointed Charlie Vogt as President and Chief Executive Officer. The 30-year information technology and communications leader joins ATX following four successful years as President and CEO of Imagine Communications, where he transformed the company from Harris Broadcast to Imagine Communications and GatesAir, and led the media and broadcast industry's transition to IP, software and cloud technologies.

Read more: ATX Networks appoints Charlie Vogt as President and CEO

As we expected, 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification, non-standalone 5G NR on December 21, 2017. This is a day that caused a great sensation in the whole industry because it shows 5G will come to commercialization very soon, and the promising 5G use cases will come to reality step by step.

Read more: 5G is coming to 2018 with 3GPP first 5G NR standard completed

The World Economic Forum announced on January 23 an international expansion of its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. New affiliate centers will open in India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, creating an international network dedicated to maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of emerging technology.

Read more: UAE to open Fourth Industrial Revolution center

The Dubai Police General HQ has launched the "Oyoon" (Eyes) project which aims to create an integrated security system using sophisticated technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) features to prevent crime, reduce traffic related deaths and negative incidents.

Read more: Dubai Police launches artificial intelligence surveillance project

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