Qualcomm Technologies announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, makingQualcomm the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution. It is designed to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are building the next generation of cellular devices, as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments.

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Microsoft Gulf unveiled a dazzling array of solutions to the region, as the 36th GITEX Technology Week got underway at Dubai World Trade Centre. Aimed at helping Middle East organizations – regardless of size or industry – achieve more through digital transformation, the solutions spanned productivity, business intelligence, security, the cloud, mixed reality, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Visitors were able to get hands-on experience of these solutions in interactive Experience Zones, built thematically around Azure, Internet of Things and Mixed Reality.

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Sharjah Department of eGovernment (DeG) finalized procedures and technical preparations which are set to carry out Sharjah's "digital movement" message during the GITEX Technology Week 2016. The region's largest technology trade fair, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on October 16 - 20 2016, will be a key platform for DeG's mission to support 35 Sharjah-based government entities and authorities with their latest launches and e-services, which are all set to take place in one of GITEX's largest pavilions, which is the Sharjah Government stand.

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Nokia and du, used Nokia AirScale Radio Access to showcase 360 degree virtual reality (VR) video streaming for the first time in the Middle East at GITEX 2016 in Dubai. In the demonstration, 3D 360 VR content created with the Nokia OZO VR camera was streamed to head-mounted displays using Nokia 5G-ready network, delivering a fully immersive VR experience for attendees. This demonstration is yet another milestone for du on its path to 5G technology and taking 5G beyond speed and connectivity by demonstrating real 5G use cases.

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Huawei 1st Innovation Day in the Middle East, a conference organized on the sidelines of GITEX 2016, saw participation of key decision makers from the local, regional and international ICT and enterprise organizations who came together to discuss how ICT is shaping the future of the region.

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