Elitecore Technologies, founded in 1999, is an Indian-based global IT product company providing BSS alongside packet core with flexibility of modular and pre-integrated offerings. The company was recently acquired by Sterlite Technologies to expand its global reach, and is delving into new areas of smart cities, monetization, pay TV; new solutions adding to the company's existing telco business portfolio. Vaibhav Mehta, Senior VP, New Business Development, Elitecore Technologies, sat with Telecom Review at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss the company's expansion.
In 2015, Ericsson teamed up with Kathrein, the global wireless antenna marker and Swiss operator Swisscom to develop a groundbreaking in-ground antenna system to provide additional wireless coverage in densely populated areas. The technology is called Kathrein Street Connect, developed to assist operators with deploying additional cell sites in places where site acquisition is difficult due to zoning issues. To gain further insight, Telecom Review caught up with Helmut Muehlbauer, head of Product Management, Mobile Communication Antennas, who shared his views on benefits, challenges and future aspirations related to the innovtive technology.
The smartphone market is a tough business; overcrowded and dominated by two leading brands. BlackBerry was once a leading mobile phone manufacturer, but has lost ground in recent years, even though its most recent device, the PRIV, is highly secure, offering consumer's privilege and privacy. Sales for the PRIV haven't peaked as highly as anticipated and the company has reached a crossroad. In an exclusive interview, John Chen, chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, opened up to Telecom Review about his plans to continue to provide premium secure smartphones, but also to steer BlackBerry towards the realm of IoT, enterprise and even smart cars, reinventing the business to cater to multiple dimensions.
US-based QLogic is a global leader and technology innovator specializing in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. At this year's Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, QLogic introduced new ethernet connectivity products for its telco, enterprise, managed service provider, cloud and storage customers. Telecom Review caught up with Greg Scherer, VP & CTO, QLogic, at MWC, who shared his insights about the company; its new FastLinQ 45000 Series, strengths, challenges and future prospects.
Canadian-based Mitel is a provider of enterprise and mobile communications and powers over 2 billion connections every day, helping businesses to connect, collaborate and take care of their customers. The company has over 2,500 channel partners and regional headquarters around the globe. In a recent interview with Telecom Review, Mehmet Balos, vice president, International Sales, Mitel Mobility, opened up about LTE and its expansion in the Middle East, Mitel's mobile carrier solutions and its NFV technology, which is essential for the future of 5G.
As 2017 draws nearer, is Dubai ready to reach its goal to be the smartest city? Telecom Review sat down with H.E Aisha Bin Bishr, director general at the Smart Dubai Office, to get the latest and discuss happiness, security and the internet of everything.
The idea of transforming Dubai into the 'smartest' and 'happiest' city in the world is an intriguing idea, but is it realistic? What makes Dubai a smart city? How can it be measured? What has the Smart Dubai initiative actually accomplished? In an exclusive interview, the pragmatic H.E Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office, opens up about Smart Dubai; her passion for eGovernment and the public sector, the collaborations essential to the Smart Dubai model, and how the citizens of Dubai can truly benefit from the work that Dr. Aisha and her incredible team have accomplished.
Telecom Review catches up with Safder Nazir, regional VP Smart Cities & IoT at Huawei, to examine how Dubai has become a global pioneer in smart city planning, and what lessons its journey holds for other metropolises on the road to digital transformation.
Comarch stands as a leading global powerhouse, specializing in the design, implementation and integration of advanced IT services and software. The Middle East is an important region for the company as it expands its M2M and internet of things (IoT) portfolio. Telecom Review sat with Marcin Dabrowski, vice president, Comarch, who shared insights about the company's strategy in the Middle East, recent partnerships with STC and Nokia, and expansion into smart cities.
In an interview with Telecom Review, Marwan Hayek, Chairman and CEO, Alfa talked about the company's remarkable success in 2015 and the future plans and vision for 2016.