The telecommunications industry has been going through different phases of change. Ever since the notion of digital transformation arose, industry experts started calling for adaptation on both technological and business levels. Data is one of the elements that triggered the need for change, notably because of the huge amounts increasingly being generated which required revamped management models and strategies. But it’s not only about management. Data analytics are currently one of the most important pillars of a successful digital transformation.

Read more: For telcos, behavioral analytics are the answer

The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) recently held a training program for Mobile Operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and other stakeholders from public and private sectors in Lebanon. The attendees met at the Intercontinental Phoenicia hotel to spend three days together learning how to work with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and deploy it on their networks.

Read more: RIPE NCC hosts workshop on IPv6 deployment in Beirut

By Ehab Kanary, vice president of enterprise at CommScope



2019 saw the introduction of WiFi 6 certified products, the deployment of shared spectrum, availability of 5G handsets and service in select cities in the region, and an uptick in interest for private networks. These new standards, products and services will give enterprises more choices in 2020 as to how they meet increased demands for both capacity and coverage, as well as meet increased end user expectations.

Read more: 2020 brings choice for in-building wireless in the Middle East

A new mobile application that allows users to share their contact information without having to exchange business cards was recently launched. HereYouGo is an ecofriendly renovated concept of the traditional business card - offered to users free of charge – that allows them to exchange contact details effortlessly in one simple step. 

Read more: Introducing the all new digital business card

By David Erlich, director of business consulting, Sofrecom

Telecoms and electricity companies have many things in common, including a history of former monopolies that opened to competition. The transformation of both sectors driven by energy transition and deregulation opens new areas of convergence.

Read more: Telecom, ICT and energy

Two weeks out from one of the world’s largest tech shows, the GSMA has issued some sweeping safeguards over growing concerns around the coronavirus for its upcoming event, Mobile World Congress. After a number of high profile back-outs, including ZTE, LG, NVIDIA, Ericsson, and most recently Amazon, the company issued a new list, including a ban of visitors originating from the Hubei province, whose capital Wuhan is believed to be the origin of the epidemic.

Read more: GSMA issues important update on Coronavirus

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