The Arab Information and Communications Technologies Organization (AICTO), the government agency which falls under the Arab League, is responsible for ensuring ICT development in the Arab world. At the 13th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, the largest VIP ICT gathering, Telecom Review secured an interview with AICTO’s Secretary-General, Eng. Mohammed Ben Amor, to discuss one of the industry’s pressing issues in the Middle East: digital inclusion.

Read more: Mohammed Ben Amor on addressing digital inclusion in the Middle East

Dawiyat owns a 70 000 km long fiber network spread over more than 13 000 cities and villages. What the company mainly does is transform this network into an integrated telecommunications network which communication service providers can leverage.

Read more: Dawiyat CEO explains 5G towers model at Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit

SES Networks is a satellite operator renowned for its value-added, end-to-end solutions which enable flexible connectivity in the fields of telecom and broadcasting, among others. The operator currently has over 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and about 20 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

Read more: ‘5G is the network of networks’ says SES’s Imran Malik

By Orlaith Finn

Omantel – the first and leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate of Oman – is gaining recognition for its fast-paced transformation from a regional wholesale hub to a global provider. It has significantly invested in technology, networks, and subsea cable deployments to transform its ecosystem. Recently, Omantel has rolled out its commercial 5G network after 2-3 years of active preparations. A third mobile operator is expected to enter the market soon, Omantel expressed their belief that competition strengths the market and aligns with their mission to provide the best service to their customers as they strive to lead the way into the digital future. In an exclusive interview, Telecom Review spoke with Omantel’s CEO Talal Said Al Mamari, where he highlights the efforts undertaken to position the Sultanate as a global technology hub of the future.

Read more: Omantel: A driving force in the new digital era

Aji Ed, CTO Middle East and Africa, Nokia, attended the 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. Aji Ed participated in a panel titled: ‘The Year of 5G Deployments’, aimed at analyzing new use cases, traffic growth and lessons learned from initial deployments. Telecom Review managed to speak with Nokia’s CTO following the discussion.

Read more: Aji Ed reflects on Nokia’s journey in 2019

Iraq-based mobile operator, Korek Telecom, offers network coverage to the entire country through the use of its cutting-edge technology and is currently the country’s fastest growing operator which serves the 18 provinces of Iraq. The operator has, time and time again, overcome tremendous challenges over the years as Iraq has been subject to political unrest.

Read more: Korek COO discusses potential 5G use cases for Iraq

Cybersecurity in the 5G era was one of the topics tackled at the 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. To know more about his stance on the security challenges that will be brought about by 5G, Telecom Review spoke to Ilia Abramov, VP, GM, Security Business Unit, Mavenir.

Read more: Mavenir’s Ilia Abramov talks security in the era of 5G

5G will bring a new level of complexity which can be faced with the adoption AI to augment human capabilities together with automation in order to act in digital time, according to Henrique Vale, head of Nokia software for MEA. Telecom Review discussed 5G complexity with Vale in an exclusive interview and tackled Nokia’s role in the new digital era.

Read more: Nokia’s Henrique Vale calls for a different business mindset in the era of 5G

Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Groups, ITU, attended the 13th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit in Dubai. During the event, he spoke with Telecom Review about current focus areas and the main challenges facing the acceleration of digital transformation.

Read more: Bilel Jamoussi discusses bridging the technology gap at Telecom Review Summit

B-Yond is helping CSPs become customer-centric through its strong portfolio that offers products based on AI and machine learning technologies. Telecom Review spoke to Rahul Chandra, EVP, partnerships & marketing at B-Yond to know more about how B-Yond, which first launched in 2017 as a startup, and turned into a global AI company. 

Read more: B-Yond solutions maximizing value for CSPs

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