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
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For the last two years, "digital transformation" has been a hot topic and many companies within the ICT ecosystem have made it their goal to get digital.

Where are we going? Are we transforming our lives into digital, or only transforming the way we make a call or exchange data or video?

The digital life has evolved. Artificial intelligence is at the heart of this transformation, which will serve smart nations living in the future.

Federal banks should be involved in digital currency initiatives in order to be part of the revolution, or risk facing new OTTs who are becoming interested now too. Central and federal banks need to move quickly to secure their currency value, to be a secure and trusted currency against attacks from Bitcoin and other similar services such as PayPal and VISA One.

Talking about digital identity, governments have to move quickly to optimize this as digital transformation requires digital identity. M-government and m-mobile services for citizens will be more fluid with digital identity, which includes the whole of our lives under one IP, or one ID from civil information, to health, to legal, etc.

But in the end, securing our digital life is still a challenge as even the most sophisticated companies with high security implementation have been the target of hackers, from banks to social media and even email giant, Yahoo.

Data breaches are still one of the biggest challenges, and solving the mistrust of the digital world and more quickly deploying digital services into our daily life are key elements.

For sure, we await the digital generation to have fully digital citizens.

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