The destiny of our world is intricately tied to the quality of its future cities. Technology plays a central role in enhancing urban life, and the aspiration of creating genuinely smart cities is alive like never before. As long as human civilization thrives within urban hubs, the drive to enhance the urban landscape will persist.

Read more: Evolving Metropolis: How Digital Technologies Define the City of Tomorrow

Ericsson estimates that almost one-in-five of all global mobile subscriptions will be 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023, as the growth proves resilient despite continued economic challenges and geopolitical unrest in some markets.

Read more: Ericsson Mobility Report: GCC to Have Highest Regional 5G Penetration by 2029

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds many promises for us today, including guidance toward our ecological future. However, if we do want to save the planet with AI, we must also consider the environmental footprint that comes with deploying this technology itself. It's hard to predict exactly how much AI will scale over the next few years, but it is crucial to take steps to make it as energy-efficient as possible moving forward.

Read more: Responsible Revolution: Can AI Chart Its Path Sustainably?

At the upcoming 17th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit on December 6-7, Middle East telecom leaders will join hands on stage to celebrate the first year of 5G-Advanced – an initiative launched by Telecom Review to celebrate regional leadership in 5G technology and ambition in 5G-A.

Read more: Middle East's Collective Leap: The First Year of 5G-Advanced

The 17th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit is a dynamic convergence of visionaries, thought leaders and tech pioneers. This summit sets the stage for the next era of telecom, where innovation, leadership and cutting-edge technology assume the leading roles.

Read more: Two Days to Go: Gear Up for the Summit of the Year!

In line with the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has launched its new AI company, AI71. The entity builds on the Technology Innovation Institute’s (TII) Falcon generative AI models and will focus on multi-domain specializations while offering unprecedented AI data control options for companies and countries looking to self-host for greater privacy.

Read more: Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council Launches New AI Company ‘AI71’

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, has witnessed the signing of an agreement between Telecom Egypt (the first integrated telecom operator in Egypt and one of the largest subsea cable operators) and Raya Information Technology (Raya IT), a subsidiary of Raya Holding for Financial Investments.

Read more: Minister of ICT Witnesses MoU Signing for RDH Phase II Implementation

Saudi Arabia, through its Vision 2030, has emerged as a trailblazer in driving sustainability in the digital space, pioneering initiatives that underscore its commitment to environmental preservation and sustainable development. The ambitious giga-projects like The Red Sea Project and NEOM serve as prime examples, embodying net-zero credentials and integrating digital infrastructure, renewable energy sources, and innovative waste management systems on a grand scale.

Read more: Driving Sustainability in the Digital Space: Saudi Arabia's Vision and CST's Contributions

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