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Cybersecurity in the UAE has always maintained a credible record. In the latest Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI 2020) issued by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UAE came in fifth. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government, shares insightful information on the cybersecurity scene in the UAE and highlights his goals and aspirations.

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Many people in the industry have been very much interested in knowing about the latest developments of Rosenberger, the high-tech telecommunications leader, especially after the spinoff of its Antenna and DAS wireless coverage product portfolio. Laurence Miao, the vice president of Rosenberger Asia Pacific, was interviewed by Telecom Review to outline his insights, together with the outlook for growing Rosenberger’s business in the region.

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In order to shed light on the importance of private wireless networks, Telecom Review had an exclusive interview with Danial Mausoof, head of sales for mobile networks at Nokia in Middle East and Africa. He touched on Nokia’s contribution to the PWN market in the MEA and shared insights on the pertinent security aspect.

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Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the international travel industry and it is projected to cost network operators over $25 billion in lost revenue during the next 9 months due to losses in roaming revenue.

Juniper Research examined in a recent analysis two possible scenarios: medium and high impact, believing a low impact is now not possible. The high impact scenario assumes severe disruption to international travel will continue for 9 months, with travel restrictions and reduced demand for international travel continuing. In this case, the resulting impact on operators’ international roaming revenue would be significant.

In the high impact scenario, Juniper Research believes over 650 million passenger trips will be cancelled due to coronavirus over the next 9 months. This is over 80% of the anticipated international passenger trips that were previously forecast before the spread of the virus.

The research assumes that over half of all roaming revenue for the year will be affected, amounting to $25 billion in lost revenue. The research also highlighted the period between June and August as of particular significance when the demand for international travel is high. It forecast that operators could lose up to $12 billion in roaming revenue alone in these three months.

In terms of the overall impact on operators, it must be noted however that global roaming revenue only accounts for approximately 6% of total operator-billed revenue per year, limiting the hit on the industry.

Given the nature of the international travel industry, the research anticipated there will be no strategies available to operators to mitigate this loss. It forecast that services, such as virtual conferencing, will offer businesses an alternative to international travel, but will offer no benefit to operators.

Additionally, the research highlighted that travel cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus is unlikely to be rebooked. As a result, this loss of roaming revenue is unlikely to be recovered once the international travel industry resumes normal service

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