Riverbed, an American IT company that develops products to improve application performance across wide area networks (WANs), recently commissioned a study surveying 1,000 IT decision makers globally to explore the impact legacy and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation. Telecom Review discussed the findings with Charbel Khniesser, Riverbed's Regional Presales Director for Middle East, Turkey and North Africa.

Read more: Riverbed: SD-WAN essential for building next-generation networks

UAE telecom provider “du” (EITC) has over ten years’ experience dealing with multiple partners from various industries. Bundling everything together that those partners bring to the table means du can give its customers the best value for money and significantly improve processes, said du’s chief commercial officer, Fahad Al Hassawi, speaking to Telecom Review.

Read more: Partnerships benefit customers, says du CCO

Saudi Arabia is going through rapid transformation, according to Deemah AlYahya, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU), a government arm mandated to accelerate efforts to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 objectives, an initiative to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil dependence. This transformation, Ms. AlYahya said, will require collaboration, open data sharing and injecting innovation into citizens.

Read more: Saudi NDU CEO: 'We want to inject innovation into citizens'

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In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, H.E. Jamal Jarrah, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister, talked about the latest achievements done so far starting by changing centers all over the regions in Lebanon, to adding 200 thousand landlines, to significantly decreasing internet prices.

H.E. talked about collaborating with Ogero by starting a strong campaign to repair all network failures, which will provide the quality of services required. These reforms have been accompanied by the installation of new cabinets in most Lebanese territories, so that the capacity reaches the neighborhoods and houses, and this is only a temporary solution to reach a radical one that requires them to reach Fiber to Cabinet (FTTC).

Jarrah also promised that over the next three months we will see significant and serious changes in the Fiber to the Cabinets network that will work soon and that they are directed towards the implementation of 5G networks and the Internet of things.

Jarrah praised the efforts done by Ogero's new Director General, Imad Kreidieh in deploying tireless efforts to face all the challenges and responsibilities that he has to assume at the level of enhancing networks, fixing lines and providing DSL to houses.

As for Global Data Services, Jarrah revealed that the company has the right to move data in conformity with a decree signed by the Council of Ministers. It is already doing so through microwaves and copper, the only difference today is that it wants to move data through fiber optics in accordance with a decree and an agreement signed by former Director General of Ogero, Aabdel Menhem Youssef.

And regarding the controversy that happened in choosing InMobiles to handle the registration of Lebanese numbers and devices, H.E. said that the company provided the Ministry with a flexible and fast solution to the registration of mobile phone numbers rather than the old system, which was very complex, ensuring that the data is preserved safely at the Ministry and the citizens' privacy is well protected.

Stay tuned for the full interview with H.E. Jamal Jarrah in Telecom Review's July issue!