Year 2019 has been linked with the rollout of fifth generation technology (5G). Industry experts have embarked on their 5G journey and are aspiring to see their efforts bear fruit in 2019. However, other trends are expected to impact the telecommunications industry. Technological advances have created what is dubbed the ‘digital era’ and are paving the way for significant IT and network architecture changes in 2019.

Read more: Outlook to 2019: What should we expect?

Telecom Review continued its dedication & commitment to the ICT industry and exceeded all expectations with holding the best and largest high-level executives of ICT gathering. These awards recognize industry leaders for their efficient and hard work in 2018, and are a special way for Telecom Review to help celebrate the winner’s success.

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By Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East

Over 2,000 of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry’s most influential players gathered in London for Huawei’s 9th annual Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF). The event was a platform to showcase the rapid strides 5G has made in the past year: in addition to the outfield demonstration of the largest 5G commercial demo site in Europe, 10 operators and 36 vertical industry partners jointly displayed their industry-leading technologies. Representatives from the telecommunications sector, vertical industries and standards organizations witnessed firsthand innovative 5G applications across fields from the Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected vehicles (V2X), and more.

Read more: 5G is now: Leading industry development in 2018

By Chafic Chaya, regional communications manager, RIPE NCC

A global shortage of unused IPv4 addresses is a serious problem affecting the internet today. We generally don’t think about it when we look at our smartphones or computers, but these devices rely on a massive communications infrastructure that depends on a system of globally unique addresses. Computers need to know which device or webserver we’re asking them to connect to, and routers need to know where to forward the data traffic that crosses a network. This crucial role of signifying a unique destination for internet traffic is performed by IP addresses.

Read more: IPv6 deployment and why it matters

By Kamal Ballout, head of TEPS MEA & Global Energy Segment, Nokia

In comparison to the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution has been disappointing from a productivity perspective. But all of that is set to change with automation trends such as smart cities and Industry 4.0. The digitally driven automation of our infrastructure will have very productive results in many areas of life, including manufacturing, energy, transportation and many more. IoT married with advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive/machine learning and machine-to-machine communications will finally enable us to harvest the fruits of our digital data for real-world results. Many things are coming together to make this possible, but at the center of it all is the network, which is the real driver of this revolution.

Read more: The automation of society and the centrality of networks

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