During the 15th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Telecom Review welcomed Francisco Irala, telco solutions architect senior manager, EMEA, Infoblox, in person. In an exclusive interview, Irala shared the company’s position in helping telecom operators move towards being agile and digital as well as his views on the most relevant drivers that affect telcos’ in launching new services and improving customer experiences.

Read more: Automation is the foundation of telco cloud, says Infoblox’s Francisco Irala

The last two years can be touted as the period where digital revolution was at its peak. The internet reached close to 5 billion people across the world. In Middle East and Africa, internet coverage also increased dramatically. However, the period also exposed and worse, expanded, the wide digital divide that already existed. While the internet coverage was close to 100% in some GCC countries, some nations such as Sudan had the internet coverage of just over 30%.

Read more: It’s time to bridge MEA’s digital divide

In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, May Li, VP of solution marketing, Huawei, shared four significant changes that influence current technological trends, her views on the importance of ICT for future generations, and Huawei’s sustainability strategies as well as its current solution marketing presence in the region.

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COVID-19 updates
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In light of COVID-19, the Arab Information Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) has decided to launch a special platform within the framework of unconventional plans elaborated in the Arab region and the world to cope with the exceptional circumstances.

“The outbreak of the coronavirus has forced countries to face difficult choices and produced specific challenges in all fields, especially healthcare with a heavy load on the economic and social levels. In light of the COVID-19 that we are witnessing today, telecommunications networks have come into view clearly, as never before, as the most vital and needed for ensuring our health and safety, and for preserving our economies and societies,” said Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, secretary general of the AICTO in an address broadcasted on the organization’s social media platforms.

In the video, Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor highlighted the role that digital technologies are currently playing to mitigate the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, societies, institutions, companies and the economies alike.

“For this purpose, and in the context of its commitment to supporting Arab countries and all stakeholders in facing this pandemic through digital technologies, the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) is developing a special platform for information and awareness. This platform is launched to put the light on the digital and technological initiatives and projects adopted in the Arab countries to confront the coronavirus pandemic”, he concluded.

This initiative aims to shed light on each of the Arab countries’ plans and measures taken to contain the repercussions of the COVID-19 through ICTs.

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