Not long ago, satellite television was being written off as an outdated medium of consuming content that would not survive the digital age. Orbit Showtime Network - OSN, is a long-standing satellite provider serving the MENA region for almost 25 years. OSN welcomed Patrick Tillieux as chief executive officer just over a year ago. Since his appointment, he has made profound changes to OSN, to which he refers as a “radical evolution” of the company. Tillieux has a much more positive approach towards satellite TV. He believes that there is still potential in the market and intends to continue work on both traditional and digital methods of consuming content.

Read more: OSN’s visionary CEO drives a radical evolution of the company

Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa, the GCC’s only mobile provider with multiple live operations and millions of active customers, has a proven track-record of delivering outstanding mobile experiences to customers across the region. The company operates in the region under two brands: Virgin Mobile and FREiNDi Mobile. Telecom Review sat down with Erik Dudman Nielsen, founder and CEO of Virgin Mobile MEA, to talk about the company’s success in some of the region’s most mature markets and to gain greater insight into what makes their services truly outstanding to their customers.

Read more: Virgin Mobile MEA CEO talks strategy, data and tackling challenges

For more than 140 years, Ericsson has been continuously at the forefront of innovation. The tech giant has been a key player in the MEA region with its outstanding network infrastructure, dependable services and ability to understand and capitalize on the latest industry trends.

Read more: Ekow Nelson reflects on Ericsson’s 5G journey in MEA region

Notes from the Chief Editor

The eSIM, which stands for embedded SIM, is a SIM chip that is standardized to be able to operate with multiple mobile devices and multi networks globally.

The new SIM technology allows multiple applications and on the cloud re-programing. It makes it easier to switch networks, or switch between personal and business numbers at any time.

The eSIM enables a device to have multiple device operating profiles at once, using different profiles. The multiple profiles can be used remotely and can be switched between each other depending on the user. The eSIM also enables users to use the same SIM while switching mobile carriers, thus the global eSIM market is eliminating the need for physically replacing the SIM card.

The GSMA, which issued in March 2018 white papers on the eSIM, followed by certification references as of May 2018, set a Global Certification Forum and PTCRB for eSIM functional testing.

Also, recognizing the importance of interoperability and security for products supporting eSIM-based remote SIM provisioning, the GSMA has developed a compliance framework for eSIM devices, eUICCs and subscription management servers, SM-DP+ and SM-DS.

The benefits of adopting the eSIM technology include the increase in the reliability of this SIM in comparison to the current SIM cards as there is less chance for mechanical failures.

The eSIM can be used in several devices, even very small ones. Some analysts said the eSIM may bring even smaller devices.

The eSIM also needs a device that supports the technology, which is restraining the growth of the global eSIM market.


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