Ericsson has been at every step of the telecom evolution in the Middle East and Africa region. Through the years it has become the driving force behind the Networked Society and their services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

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Ericsson showcased its latest media solutions, paying special attention to the evolution of the cloud and the use of multi-screens at CABSAT 2016 in Dubai, where content owners, TV service providers and broadcasters gathered to discuss the challenges of the TV industry which has resulted in the growth of the cloud, as well as the popularity of multi-screens. Ericsson addressed these challenges by offering simple, yet powerful solutions at its stand during the event by presenting its vision for the future of cloud-driven experiences. Telecom Review sat with Tarek Saadi,Head of Engagement Practices, Ericsson, Middle East, to discuss Ericsson's latest video offerings.

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Ericsson grew from a mechanical engineering shop in a modest 13-square-meter facility to a multinational company that today employs around 115,000 people, operates in 180 countries and holds 39,000 patents. Here is the story of how Ericsson's ideas, technology and people have created monumental impact, and real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society for 140 years.

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As operators evolve their LTE networks and plan for 5G commercialization in 2020, the need to address a diversity of mobile demands across their coverage areas is driving the requirement for greater flexibility in network architectures. Ericsson Cloud RAN portfolio addresses this with architectural options for Distributed and Centralized RAN deployments as well as new Elastic RAN and Virtualized RAN solutions. Ericsson Virtualized RAN, slated for operator field trial in 2016, will be live at MWC 2016.

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The MEF announces that PCCW Global has become the world's first service provider to receive MEF 100G CE 2.0 certification for E-Line and E-Access services. The certification represents a milestone for the industry, as the previous upper limit for MEF CE 2.0 services certification was 10G per second.

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Nokia announced its Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution, giving operators and enterprises a faster, more cost-effective way to deploy local area networks (LAN) at a time when gigabit services, WiFi, the Cloud and high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and file sharing are reshaping today's network needs.

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Mahindra Comviva announced the launch of PreTUPS™ 6.4, a smarter and advanced version of its widely deployed electronic recharge and prepaid management solution. PreTUPS™ is a proven solution deployed by over 55 mobile operators in more than 40 countries globally. It has been integrated successfully with all the major IN platforms. Today, 10% of the world population's recharge is done through PreTUPS™ powering mobile services for 840 million people globally. PreTUPS™ 6.4 takes electronic recharge and prepaid management to the next level by providing new features that add efficiency to the prepaid business. This new version is being deployed by many leading telecom operators in South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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