The initiative aims to examine the technical and business requirements of virtualizing Etisalat network functions; such as Operations Support Systems (OSS), Value-Added Services (VAS) and Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF). The Etisalat Cloud Factory will also focus on the centralization of these functions onto a distributed data center platform, enabling easier sharing of resources amongst the 18 operating companies in Etisalat Group's footprint.

Read more: Etisalat and Huawei form partnership around Etisalat Cloud Factory

Zain Group announced a strategic investment in NexGen Group, a leading smart city advisory and consulting services provider based in the UAE - the only consultant for the Smart Dubai project. The investment will lead to the establishment of a specialized business unit delivering smart city services to governments and mega real estate developers, facilitating the deployment of smart city solutions and managed services across Zain's regional footprint.

Read more: Zain Group announces investment in NeXgen Group at MWC 2016

2015 marked a significant remarkable year of accomplishments and development, especially for touch, the leading mobile telecommunications and data operator in Lebanon. The company, which is managed by Zain Group, the pioneering mobile and data services operator in the Middle East and North Africa, has taken the market by storm, reaching an all-high of 53.8 percent in terms of market share. Touch has also achieved several milestones on all levels during 2015.

Read more: Touch leads Lebanon's mobile telecommunications towards new heights of customer centricity,...

Ericsson and Asiacell have partnered in a break-in network deal to transform Asiacell's transmission backbone infrastructure in Iraq. This project enables Asiacell to secure the required technology and capacity to cater for the increased demand on data traffic and improve customer experiences in Iraq, in the coming five years.

Read more: Asiacell selects Ericsson for new transmission backbone deal

At the Mobile World Congress 2016 that was held in Barcelona, STC's CEO, Dr. Khaled Hussain Al Biyari, signed an agreement with Qualcomm, represented by its President, Qualcomm MEA & Eastern Europe, Mr. Jihad Srage, in view of establishing a strategic collaboration between both companies in the field of modern and advanced solutions in various domains related to data technology and new generations communications.

Read more: STC and Qualcomm introduce advanced technical solutions to the Saudi market

Ooredoo, the leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, has had a strong presence at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Read more: Ooredoo promotes Internet of Things solutions and services at MWC 2016

Etisalat Group extended its history of success at the industry's most important annual awards: the Glomos. Etisalat came out on top of strong global competition to claim two awards, including the most prestigious title of overall winner and 'supreme' Connected Life Champion.

Read more: Etisalat Group picks up multiple Glomo Awards at MWC 2016

In a significant step as part of the evolution of du's network, Huawei and du have jointly launched the world's first commercial Transport Software-Defined Network (T-SDN) on the host network. This innovation by du follows a string of improvements in the region such as the deployment of the first 400G OTN network in the Middle East. On the T-SDN network, a Bandwidth on Demand (BoD) application has been successfully deployed between data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, transforming the traditional network to a Data-Center based SDN host network.

Under the new industry structure, introducing new technologies such as SDN helps carriers quickly respond to and implement service transformation, and therefore overcome new challenges in their network operation.

Read more: du partners with Huawei to transform its traditional network into a more efficient T-SDN network

Digitization will supercharge the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's potential USD 4 trillion non-oil economic investment needed through 2030, announced industry experts at Mobile World Congress.

Read more: Digitization will supercharge Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's proposed USD 4 trillion economic plan by...

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