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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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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Digital currencies, the rise of virtual private networks (VPN) use and artificial intelligence (AI) in medical practices are just some of the trends we're seeing.

Bitcoin was the hottest topic in the last quarter of 2017, when its value jumped from $6k to $20k per coin between November and December, according to ranking financial analysts.

Followed by a crash in January and the crypto-currency hacking in Japan, statements by many bankers and businessmen from the top 50's and analysts say that any digital currency without a backing-up will not continue. Feeding the appetite of federal banks or private financial institutions such as Visa, many countries may start regulating all crypto-currency exchanges.

The rise of the VPN
VPNs have existed since the internet's inception and were used mostly by governments, IT firms and large enterprises. VPNs allow users to hide their digital identity, making it almost impossible for anyone to monitor their online activities (we are not talking here about free VPN apps).

This technology allows its users to browse the web securely by diverting all your web traffic through a virtual network, changing and creating virtual IPs which allow you to search the web as if you are in a different country. Now, with the ban of VoIP in many countries, the VPN is not just for large and medium enterprises (LMEs) anymore, but for individuals as well.

Artificial intelligence: AI for a healthy world
Artificial intelligence is pushing fast toward a better medical smart world. The materials used in hospitals or clinics have become very smart and agile, and many tests that once needed weeks to get the results now only need a few days or hours.

AI could be used to accurately analyze a patient's medical records and "help highlight the clinical findings" in CT scans. AI has the potential to improve patients' recovery by telling them what dosage of medication they need and when they should take it, reports suggest.

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