HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council has officially inaugurated the 37th GITEX Technology Week, at Dubai World Trade Centre. GITEX Technology Week is the largest ICT exhibition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia – and this year has attracted more than 4,100 companies from over 70 different countries.

Read more: Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum officially opens GITEX 2017

Smart Dubai is showcasing its latest innovations and projects – as well as those of its affiliates and partners – at its GITEX Technology Week 2017 stand. The Smart Dubai stand – which bears the theme “Future Live” – features 42 different government agencies taking part under the Smart Dubai umbrella and showcasing more than 200 smart government services.

Read more: Smart Dubai showcases latest projects at GITEX 2017 under “Future Live” theme

Etisalat Misr (Etisalat Egypt) has signed a four-year contract with Ericsson to modernize and expand its core network and business support systems, which will help the operator capitalize on the growth in 4G and pave the way for 5G and Internet of Things. The partnership will play an important role in further developing the services offered by Etisalat Misr, one of Ericsson’s largest customers for business support systems.

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It’s an interesting time for the telecom industry right now, says Saudi Telecom Company (STC) chief executive officer, Dr. Khaled Biyari. Telecom operators have to deal with major disruption and the need for digital transformation. The industry will face many challenges in the coming years, Dr. Biyari believes, but those challenges can be met with innovative solutions if the industry is willing to embrace change.

Read more: Keeping pace with the evolving digital paradigm

Swedish telecom provider Telia is deploying the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel. This includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

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Digital content is the future and the UAE telecom operator du, is introducing GITEX 2017 visitors to a whole new television technology, the 4K experience, in line with its ‘10 Times More’ theme. With a substantial increase in pixels, 4K has a richer, crisper, and more realistic image. du’s showcase of 4K technology demonstrates the future of television and how viewers are able to see every detail when seated very close to the screen. When it comes to viewing experiences, duTV currently offers HD (high definition) channels and we are ready to offer 4K content, which provides even more immersive viewing opportunities. du customers can view their content at home or on-demand across multiple screens due to a number of offerings.

Read more: du showcases innovative 4K du TV experiences at GITEX 2017

The prestigious Telecom World Award's presented du with Best Smart City Initiative and Best Enterprise Service - Managed Security accolades during the eminent gala dinner ceremony, which took place recently. Through this award ceremony, du was recognized for its innovative Smart Dubai Platform and Smart Infotainment Screens in Dubai Airport Taxis. The awards were received by Hany Aly, Executive Vice President Enterprise Business at du and Jihad Tayara, Vice President Business Development and Partnerships at du.

Read more: du wins two prestigious accolades at this year’s Telecom World Awards

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