The telecom ecosystem in the MENA region is very diverse in that while many countries are striving to deploy the latest network innovations, many less mature markets are struggling to keep up. Telecom Review sat down with Mavenir’s head of region in Dubai, Mark Charman, to gain some insight into the latest 5G innovations, trends and developments in the region, specifically in the UAE.

Read more: How Mavenir is navigating the diverse telecom ecosystem in the MENA region

CommScope has played a key role in shaping the digital future here in the region through positioning itself at the forefront of smart infrastructure through the products and services that it offers which have made communication easier, faster and more efficient. Its mission is to build stronger connections and shape the future of communication through optimizing bandwidth.

Read more: ‘The 5G future has just begun’ says CommScope’s Femi Oshiga

The Middle East has an increasingly diverse tech ecosystem, with many players at the forefront of innovation and transformation while others are still trying to keep up. It is indeed a dynamic market and Nokia has been working with various countries in the Middle East to deploy 5G technology. Telecom Review managed to secure an interview with Nokia’s Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit, to discuss the latest developments within the region regarding 5G deployments, how to better understand the region’s needs and finding ways to address these needs.

Read more: Nokia brings end-to-end 5G global leadership to the Middle East

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Kandy, GENBAND’s award-winning communications Platform as a Service (cPaaS), announced that it has received the ""Best Cloud Provider of the Year (Vendor)"" award from Telecom Review.

The award was accepted by Ashraf Hassan, VP Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, GENBAND at the annual Telecom Review Summit event, a high-level ICT executive gathering held in Dubai every year.

""We are highly committed to the ICT industry and these awards are a way for us to help celebrate our industry’s leaders,"" said Toni Eid, CEO of Trace Media International. ""This year’s winners represent the absolute best in our industry and we are very proud to honor them with this distinguished award.""

An independent panel of 15 industry veterans evaluated 167 submissions to select the winners of the 2016 Telecom Review Excellence Awards.

""We’re thrilled that Kandy has been recognized for its ability to make communications more human: contextual, embedded, and real-time,"" said Paul Pluschkell, Kandy founder and CEO. ""Just slightly more than two years old, Kandy has evolved to be more than just a cPaaS – it’s an enabler for operators and enterprises seeking to build new revenue streams quickly and simply, with minimal risk. We’re looking forward to continued innovation and industry leadership in 2017.""

Communications Service Providers and global enterprises around the world are leveraging Kandy to deliver proven, high-performance embedded communications including managed OTT mobility solutions for consumers and Business Solutions for enterprise from a private, hybrid or public cloud.

Commenting on the gathering of Industry Leaders, Jeff Seal, Managing Partner of Telecom Review North America added: ""Once again Telecom Review has brought together the leaders of the ICT/telecom industry. We were pleased to have GENBAND / Kandy join us in Dubai, a key region for the growth of today and tomorrow’s new technology solutions.""

GENBAND provides its leading solutions and technology to the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region through its regional office strategically located at the heart of Dubai, UAE in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The office was launched to cater to the company’s regional customer base with advanced real-time communications solutions.

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