The ICT industry has been transforming the lives of people around the world over the last few decades. This digital transformation is responsible for driving major changes in Egypt and the MEA region, and has had substantial positive impacts on governance, economies and societies as a whole. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation efforts, as countries, governments and people worldwide adapt to our new norm. In this exclusive interview, Telecom Review spoke to Eng. Ahmed Mekky, CEO and Chairman of Benya Group, one of the leading advocates for digital transformation as a human right in Egypt and the MEA region.

Read more: Meeting Ahmed Mekky, the man behind “Benya Group”: Working to connect cities and unite nations

At the sidelines of CABSAT 2021, Telecom Review secured an exclusive with Yasir Alshabrami, VP of commercial and operations, NOVAsat. He emphasized the company’s key products and solutions (SATCOM and VSAT) and pointed out the crucial role of ICT companies in paving the way for digital transformation.

Read more: NOVAsat: The first choice for maritime, O&G customers in Saudi Arabia

The evolution to 5G is destined to change all societies around the globe, and that is particularly evident in the Middle East region. The widespread adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) have all been supported by 5G networks, transforming our way of living for the better.

Read more: Kuwait: A leader in the 5G era, bridging the 5G divide to everyone

Telecom Review spoke to Steven Doiron, EVP, regulatory and spectrum affairs, Yahsat who shared his views on Yahsat’s challenges and new offerings in the satellite communication market.

Read more: ‘Geostationary and non-geostationary satellites both bring different benefits to the market’

In an exclusive with Telecom Review, Sandeep Shetty, co-founder and CEO of NorthLadder, shared how the tech startup works. The transition to 5G will entail a massive smartphone upgrade cycle globally and device trade-ins will play a significant role in helping this transition. NorthLadder offers a unique auction platform to leverage this opportunity.

Read more: Device trade-in can play a very big role in 5G transition, says NorthLadder CEO

Vildana Karalić-Avdić, Infobip’s head of marketing MENA, discusses how their business has adapted to meet the demands of the digital economy, the acceleration of DX since the onset of the pandemic and opinions on the current cybersecurity climate.

Read more: SaaS elevates how businesses interact with their clients, says Infobip’s Vildana Karalić-Avdić

In an exclusive with Telecom Review, Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, President and CEO, Es’hailSat, talked about the company’s latest telecom offerings and how they nurture talent for the development of Qatar’s satellite technology. Apart from that, Al-Kuwari gave insights to the company’s contribution on mega-event hosting and collaboration with other global and regional satellite operators.

Read more: Es’hailSat: Enhancing future capabilities as a satellite operator

During CABSAT 2021, Telecom Review secured an exclusive with Dr. Vagan Shakhgildian, president of Comtech Satellite Network Technologies, commercial group. He elaborated on the company’s role in the growth of satellite communications, their latest and upcoming product lines, and the key drivers of reliable, robust, and far-reaching satellite services.

Read more: Comtech: Satcoms innovation includes new architectures, virtualization, and cloud

With a surge of technology taking 2021 by storm, InteracTVty ushers in a new wave of OTT. At GITEX 2021, Telecom Review had an exclusive one-on-one with David Esplá, managing partner at InteracTVty. He discussed about the latest OTT technology to come out of the company, how it all started, and where they are going in the next 5 years . 

Read more: “We are the first OTT 2.0 technology with TV-commerce and interactive streaming,” says David Esplá

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