With a history spanning over 140 years, Ericsson has proven itself to be a resilient partner for telecom operators looking to monetize into new revenue streams. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said the company's experience and understanding of using automation and processes makes it the ideal partner for telecom operators willing to embrace change.

Read more: Ericsson: Helping operators monetize into new revenue streams

Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, is a consulting and engineering company in the telecommunications sector. Telecom Review spoke to Sofrecom CEO Guillaume Boudin and managing director of Sofrecom Middle East, Elias Saab, about the company's role in reshaping telecom operators' business models to keep up with industry disruption. 

Read more: Sofrecom: Reshaping operators’ business models

Smart Dubai, an initiative anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth. The organization's visionary leader, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, spoke to Telecom Review about the importance of embracing digital practices and data sharing.

Read more: Smart Dubai’s vision of a digital and interconnected city

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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!