Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of the "du" and "Virgin Mobile UAE" brands, hosted a GSMA meeting in Dubai on November 28 to execute candid discussions on aligning their visions for emerging innovations and technologies in the region that will have an impact on the telecom sector. Topics discussed include 5G, IoT, and e-SIM evolution.

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The Middle East is turning to innovation in a post oil economy. As I walked around the exhibition halls at GITEX Technology Week 2017, I witnessed dozens of companies embracing economic diversity. Industries like financial technology, healthcare, construction and transportation are spurring regional development of cloud computing while billions are being spent on the datacenter market.

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The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has partnered with regional technology business solutions provider Nearbuy to host a trial of the first 'robot receptionist' in the Middle East. Farah, which stands 1.50 metres tall, started work on November 26 at the Smart Dubai Office headquarters in the Dubai Design District.

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Du, the leading telecom operator in the UAE, plays a vital role in Dubai's evolution into a Smart City. Sterlite Tech being its technology partner supporting Dubai Smart City Vision took the initiative of organizing Sterlite Day - du Digital Summit, to showcase how Sterlite Tech is positioned to enable du in its journey as Digital service provider.

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The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) took home the prestigious City Project Award for the Dubai Blockchain Strategy at the Smart Cities Expo & World Congress, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, on November 14-16, 2017. The Strategy won first place following fierce competition against 308 projects from 58 countries.

Read more: Smart Dubai wins prestigious global award for its cutting-edge Blockchain Strategy

In the telco industry, it seems the words of the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, are ringing true: "The only constant is change."One challenge that we grapple with today is understanding the role of 'digital' in our future, and how digital transformation can bring profitable growth to our industry, from three angles of business, network and operations.

By Charles Yang, President, Huawei Middle East

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