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.

Read more: For Oman’s Digital Transformation, Developing Infrastructure is Key

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.

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.

Read more: Verizon Enhances Its Digital Journey with Diversity and Inclusion

Notes from the Chief Editor

With the rise of the digital transformation era and smart cities implementation, the focus is how to reach smart societies - not just smart cities.

Smart cities are created to serve smart societies, with an increased involvement of humans, citizens and residents or visitors.

The latest stakeholders working on smart cities are using artificial intelligence to check the behavior of humans so they are capable of more and integrate into smart societies.

Artificial intelligence will be using big data to improve technology in smart cities from transportation to energy or education, to waste management.

With a fully digital society, the fully connected/advanced censors' implementation is key in this. The ITU Committee of Smart Cities (CSC) launched their KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for smart sustainable cities. Until now, 50 cities from all continents have applied.

KPIs are for city dwellers and non-profit citizen organizations, to enable them to understand the development and progress of SSC (Smart Sustainable Cities) with respect to ICT's impact, and to look over the development and operation of SSC organizations from planning units, service providers, operations and maintenance organizations, etc.

With 50 cities applying and more than 100 prepared to join, the road towards smart societies is very close, supported by advanced ICT and using artificial intelligence and big data, making it even closer!

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