Attending Mobile World Congress 2016, Lebanese Telecom Minister, H.E. Boutros Harb was present at the annual International Conference on Telecommunication in Barcelona, where he spoke about the Lebanese government's policy for the development of the mobile telecom sector in Lebanon in the future.
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stc has announced that it is making its broadband internet services available through fiber optics across all landline networks in Saudi Arabia, with the aim of enhancing the efficient use of the fiber optics infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. This comes after it had signed a landline broadband agreement with all providers of landline broadband internet infrastructure in February, under the auspices of HE Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha and based on an initiative by the CITC.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates and The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), signed an agreement on 29 June 2020 to establish an International Center of Digital Innovation, known as I-CoDI.
CommScope and Saudi Telecom Company (stc) announced they are deploying 30-port antennas, enabling the operator to bring innovation toward 5G across the Middle East and North Africa.
By Toni Eid, Editor in Chief, Telecom Review
Autonomous and connected cars have already been trialed on the streets of many countries over the past half-decade. Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) have made way for the surge in the trialing and adoption of autonomous vehicles. It has been forecasted that by 2021, over 380 million connected cars will take to the streets. In fact, after the smartphone and the tablet, the connected car has been deemed as one of the most rapid-growing technological device.
With more than 20 years of experience in business development in telecommunications, Florence Sebastien, CEO, FSE Consulting spoke to Telecom Review about her journey and the role that FSE Consulting is playing today in the industry.
While COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc on businesses, UAE-based company, EVOTEQ has been digitally enabling its customers to overcome the ensuing challenges. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Jihad Tayara, CEO, EVOTEQ explained how the company reacted to the impact of COVID-19 and the solutions it has been offering to its customers for them to adapt to the new normal.
Companies across the world have been hit hard by the pandemic. The telecoms industry has been absolutely relentless in its efforts to ensure that their consumers, employees and customers are safe and have the means to stay connected.
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Dubai set a goal to become the world's smartest city by 2017. As the leading Middle Eastern business and tourist hub, Dubai is among many cities around the world embracing ambitious smart city goals. We spoke to Ghazi Atallah, managing director at NexGen, the only consultant for the Smart Dubai project, who shared his thoughts on the ambitious strategy.
Every time we fill out raffle coupons and provided our name, address, email address and telephone numbers, we have given our unwritten consent and provided sensitive information to merchandisers to contact us - whether we win or not.
After realizing the disambiguation of the fine prints on this small piece of paper, at the end of the paragraph, a small statement clearly states that "'we may contact you for promotions available or related to this product." Then, giving us a blank space to sign away and complete the form.
How often we have done this unconsciously? Do we even care about where the piece of paper ends up after the raffle draw? In short, where did our personal details end up?
These are questions we rarely ask ourselves as we excitedly fill out forms, but are questions too important to not ask, particularly in this day in age where we are used to clicking and agreeing to terms and conditions. Installing software on our devices and downloading an app that we find useful are typical examples. These actions involve giving out our personal information, and as we connect those devices to one another, this information can be emitted and transmitted to the internet. We must be wary and have regard for what we share or give over to the connected world. It starts now.
Middle East telecoms' adoption of 5G will support the global USD 164 billion Internet of Things market by 2018, announced one of the world's leading technology companies at Mobile World Congress.
Market research firm Gartner noted that smartphone sales soared in the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period last year. The research firm added that this growth stemmed from continued demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets. The top five device makers are namely: Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi.