Marc Halbfinger has been chief executive officer of PCCW Global Limited at PCCW-HKT Limited since July 2007. He is responsible for the integrated global communication solutions business at PCCW Global. Marc sat with Telecom Review to update us on why MWC is such an important event to attend and where PCCW Global stands in an industry that is shifting at an unprecedented velocity.
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Success after success, we’ve reached a new milestone. It all started in 2005 when Trace Media launched Telecom Review Middle East. What started off as a business and telecoms magazine has transformed, fourteen years later, into a pioneering comprehensive telecom media platform. The publishing industry as well as the telecommunications industry have tremendously changed, thus paving the way for a change in Telecom Review that was quite mandatory to keep pace with all the developments.
Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has issued a defiant statement on the future of his company and declared that the Chinese ICT leader will be not be destroyed by a piece of paper from the US government.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei says it could roll out its own operating system for smartphones and laptops in China by the autumn after the United States blacklisted the company. The international version of the system could be ready in the first or second quarter of 2020, said Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business.
Few decades ago, mobile wireless communication networks have witnessed huge evolution and development. In each of its versions, the network has been created for a specific end. The latest generation, 5G, is today the talk of the town. While it won’t be available for commercial use until the 2020s, it is promising unprecedented performance goals which are heavily grounded on the availability of fiber - and lots of it – and cell sites, and without fiber, they would simply be impossible.
AI is a technology that is promising to unchain millions of workers globally from mundane and unfulfilling jobs. Those advocating for AI claim that the integration of automation into major industries will create a raft of new opportunities and better jobs for the proletariat, which in turn will lead to a better society for all citizens.
Ericsson has positioned itself as a frontrunner in the 5G space and is increasingly becoming the go-to player for operators seeking to accelerate the commercialization of the next-generation networks.
Ciena Corporation is a US-based global provider of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services. The company has enjoyed phenomenal success since its inception back in 1992, and has firmly established itself as a reputable and market leader that has delivered pioneering innovations to the ICT industry. Ciena is also publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Nokia, the leader of the optical network market is supplying its new optical transport network based on Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology. It enables Service Providers to provide high-speed internet within the African region and is also the right infrastructure for 5G deployment at a later stage.
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We are delighted to inform you that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced the launch of Dubai Wholesale City. It's the region's first fully integrated wholesale trading hub, and the latest addition to TECOM Group's expanding portfolio of dedicated business communities.
The ubiquity of internet today can be attributed to WiFi, and this technology's growth and presence is un-abating.
The FTTH/B average take up rate in the MENA region has reached 43%, while UAE leads the market at 75%, according to the latest FTTH MENA Panorama study. The full 2015 study was released at end of January 2016 after major statistics announced during the 7th edition in Muscat last November.
Evidence such as rising global temperatures, increased flooding, droughts and storms, all suggest that climate change is upon us. It is widely accepted today that humans are largely to blame for recent climate change, because over the past century, our activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as a result of burning fossil fuels. Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the earth, thus trapping energy in the atmosphere and warming up the planet. The threat is very real and we need to do something about it. But what can we do? Surprisingly, big data has emerged as a key component to the solution.