Following the coronavirus outbreak, the GSMA had to cancel recently the Mobile World Congress 2020 which was set to be held in Barcelona. Following that decision and for the same reasons, the GSMA in conjunction with the event host MTN GlobalConnect, has decided to postpone the April 2020 WAS meeting in Cape Town to the same venue to March 2021.

Read more: Another GSMA conference cancelled

By Ehab Kanary, vice president of enterprise at CommScope

2019 saw the introduction of WiFi 6 certified products, the deployment of shared spectrum, availability of 5G handsets and service in select cities in the region, and an uptick in interest for private networks. These new standards, products and services will give enterprises more choices in 2020 as to how they meet increased demands for both capacity and coverage, as well as meet increased end user expectations.

Read more: 2020 brings choice for in-building wireless in the Middle East

Etisalat Group has announced its consolidated financial statements for the year ending December 31 2019. According to the report, twelve month consolidated revenues reached to AED 52.2 billion, while consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty for the twelve month amounted to AED 8.7 billion, an increase of 1% compared to same period last year.

Read more: Etisalat Group sees net profit grow to AED 8.7 billion

A new mobile application that allows users to share their contact information without having to exchange business cards was recently launched. HereYouGo is an ecofriendly renovated concept of the traditional business card - offered to users free of charge – that allows them to exchange contact details effortlessly in one simple step. 

Read more: Introducing the all new digital business card

As the global market for the internet of medical things (IoMT) continues to experience exponential growth, the entire landscape of the healthcare industry will continue to evolve and change, all in the name of more efficient patient care.

Read more: IoMT: A revolutionary breakthrough for healthcare in the MENA region

The telecommunications industry has been going through different phases of change. Ever since the notion of digital transformation arose, industry experts started calling for adaptation on both technological and business levels. Data is one of the elements that triggered the need for change, notably because of the huge amounts increasingly being generated which required revamped management models and strategies. But it’s not only about management. Data analytics are currently one of the most important pillars of a successful digital transformation.

Read more: For telcos, behavioral analytics are the answer

The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) recently held a training program for Mobile Operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and other stakeholders from public and private sectors in Lebanon. The attendees met at the Intercontinental Phoenicia hotel to spend three days together learning how to work with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and deploy it on their networks.

Read more: RIPE NCC hosts workshop on IPv6 deployment in Beirut

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