His Excellency Eng. Yasser El Kady, Egypt's ICT Minister, has announced that 4G frequencies are ready to be used in the country. Following delays, 4G services will soon be deployed. The Egyptian Government has completed preparations for the transfer of 4G frequencies to operators, according to the Minister, after selling four licenses in a 2016 auction.

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5G MENA 2017, the two-day networking event that gathers all the leading industry players and experts in the MENA region together, hosted its seventh installment in which it discussed the best practices required in relation to developing effective 5G strategies and LTE deployments. The conference which was held in the Dubai World Trade Centre attracted thousands of attendees from the telecommunications and technology sector.

Read more: 5G MENA- 5G is coming for a ‘super-connected world’ and it will have a profound impact on our...

Abu Dhabi is hosting a two-day anti-cyber-terrorism conference this week starting from Monday, bringing local and international policymakers and experts from around the world together to share and discuss the best strategies to thwart cyber threats posed by terrorists.

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"We all know that with the increase of connected devices we will need more capacity," said Toni Eid, CEO and founder of Telecom Review, leading a panel discussion on the role of 5G and the network requirements for IoT (Internet of Things) at the 7th 5G MENA conference held in Dubai on May 1.

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Dubai Civil Defence and Huawei announced a historic MoU to collaborate on a number of ICT initiatives that will lead to the creation of a next-generation, Smart City infrastructure for the safety, security and happiness of Dubai's inhabitants.  The MoU was signed during Huawei's Global Safe City Summit, held in Dubai on 26 and 27 April, 2017, which brought more than 350 global public safety and security stakeholders to the UAE to share experiences, insights and successes during the two-day event.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, Virtual Reality, bespoke services, and sentiment mapping were a few of the prototype solutions, showcased as a result of the first Happiness Hack Dubai held at Dubai Airports in early February.

Read more: Smart Dubai presents results of the first 'Happiness Hack Dubai' showcasing prototype solutions to...

As the bandwidth needs of communications networks continue to grow, the next wave in mobile innovation, 5G, is beginning to take shape.  Helping network operators prepare for 5G is where CommScope is focused, which the company demonstrated at 5G MENA 2017.

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The key findings and policy recommendations made by the ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services following the conclusion of its extensive two-year consultation process have been hailed by stakeholders across the ICT and financial-services sectors as an 'incredible success'. The ITU Focus Group presented its 85 'policy recommendations' at a workshop entitled 'Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion' hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. on 19 April.

Read more: ITU Focus Group 'exceeds expectations' with delivery of 85 policy recommendations on Digital...

AI innovation will be central to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will help solving humanity's grand challenges by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behavior, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.

Read more: A.I. for Good Global Summit to be hosted by ITU in Geneva

"The UAE is on the edge of becoming a 'Frontrunner' in Huawei's 2017 Global Connectivity Index," said Mr. Sami Nashwan, VP Strategy at Huawei Middle East, discussing the company's fourth annual study at a press briefing in Dubai on April 30.  The report provides a "strong view" on how countries have evolved their ICT infrastructure, and also how they have evolved from digital transformation, during the last three years.

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