By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers, Middle East and Africa, CommScope

In 2019, we enter a cautious, early adoption phase of this next generation of wireless technology. A small number of users will get a first taste of 5G in specific geographic locations, using specific applications, none of which are ubiquitous or cost-optimized.

Read more: Major trends driving 5G innovation in the Middle East: The 5G future begins now

By Ahmad Sayed, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Nexign

Happy New Year! I trust the holiday season was a time of celebration and delight for all of you. In an expat-heavy region, you undoubtedly observed another tradition—that of phoning home. That simple observance probably had a range of outcomes. Some of you may have been connected straightaway; others may have experienced lags; others may have given up and tried the next day.

Read more: Effective Congestion Management―the key to a prosperous 2019 for MEA telecom operators

UAE consumers are increasingly relying on technology and have a growing desire to be connected, with 67 percent stating that they see value in harnessing the power of technology. This is according to the findings of the UAE edition of a new study by KPMG International, titled Me, my life, my wallet. The report analyses factors driving consumer behavior and choices in the UAE — and how these could change as the customer of tomorrow emerges.

Read more: Report finds that UAE consumers are amongst the most connected technologically

Lebanon has seen in the past couple of years its telecommunications sector take a giant leap forward which was translated on the ground with technological and ICT achievements. The Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications has committed to transforming the sector through the improvement of telecoms infrastructure and investment in ICT, and was able to honor a great part of its commitments.

Read more: Two years of achievements put Lebanon back on track

By Dr. Claudio Mazzali, senior vice president & CTO – Corning Optical Communications

In times when headlines are making the most of technology buzzwords, it is essential to filter some of the noise and to focus on key drivers behind the ongoing transformation in our industry. Without a doubt, 5G has a primary position within the rank of current buzzwords, but its importance and impact go beyond wireless services and expand to the entire telecom/datacom infrastructure. In other words, 5G is the catalyst accelerating evolution and connecting different spaces in our industry.

Read more: Beyond 5G - A catalyst for broader transformation in the communications infrastructure

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