Oman is believed to be well positioned as the regional data hub connecting East, West and Africa. As one of the key ICT players in the country, Sultan Al Wahaibi, Chief Business & Wholesale Officer, Ooredoo Oman shares how the company aims to stay at the forefront when it comes to innovation and collaboration, as well as ensuring high service and connectivity standards, both locally and internationally.

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In the spotlight of the August 2022 edition, Telecom Review had an exclusive interview with Omantel’s CEO Talal Said Al Mamari, the kingpin of the company since June 2014 and a well-seasoned telecom professional with 26 years of experience. Under his term, critical initiatives and projects have been carried out including the company’s 750-million-dollar initial public offering (IPO) sale in 2005, the restructuring of Omantel that brought the mobile and fixed operations together, and the acquisition of a 21.9% stake in Zain Group, the biggest transaction of its kind in the region.

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Read more: Omantel: A Trusted Digital Transformation Partner in Oman

Women are proving themselves in the workplace and developing their skills in all sectors which has allowed them to assume leadership positions, notably in the telecommunications and ICT industry. Denise Helou, Senior Business Development Manager at Verizon Partner Solutions, shares, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, the achievements made by the company thus far during its digital transformation journey, and tackles the importance of Arab women’s role in this field.

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All things related to ICT and at every conference, regardless its focus, the topic of smart city comes up every time! Check out MWC right now, and you can see that vendors large and small are focusing on smart cities. This has been happening for years.

But, if we look around us, not much has been done to make the city smart and not much has been done to improve citizens' lives. If we define first, what a smart city is, it will be a good strategy and start. Unfortunately, all of the smart city councils and organizations are simply promoting ideas, talking more than working, though innovative high tech is geared toward smart cities. Still, the IoT is made for smart cities, and 5G will serve smart city connectivity.

Why is there a mix of connected cities with smart cities? What about waste management? What constitutes perfect security? Where is the green space and walking areas? Are government services available at affordable prices? Where is mHealth and education? A long list!

It looks like a race of talks amongst governments at lightning speed, but the execution is a slow pedestrian! 

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