Accelerating 5G strategies throughout the Middle East and Africa region (MEA) has seen Spirent’s role as a test and measurement provider evolve to include critical live network partner. Today, operators, governments and enterprises alike are looking to the company to help assure performance, keep networks secure and support successful virtualization strategies. In his new role as regional sales lead for Spirent, Tareq Darwish Al-Haji is at the forefront of the company’s work on this front.

Read more: Protecting 5G performance as deployment plans gain pace

Bob Whitman, vice president of market development for carrier networks at Corning Optical Communications discussed, in an interview with Telecom Review, the company’s latest solution, Evolv™ Hardened Connectivity Solutions with Pushlok™ Technology.

Read more: Corning enabling optical connectivity in space-constrained environments

Following his new appointment, Telecom Review spoke to Bernard Najm, SVP, mobile networks, Nokia Middle East and Africa to discuss more about different aspects of mobile networks, including 5G, security and customer experience.

Read more: “Nokia delivers superior mobile networks with innovation to the MEA region”

2020 has been very challenging year, however Ooredoo was up to the challenge and was capable of supporting its customers. Fatima Al-Kuwari, chief consumer officer, Ooredoo spoke to Telecom Review about the measures that the Qatari operator took during these difficult times and the role it has played. She also highlighted the challenges she faced as a woman in ICT.

Read more: “We are not only a telecommunication company, we are a digital partner”, says Fatima Al-Kuwari

Years of advanced strategic planning and investment in network development helped the Ooredoo Group excel in its operations globally despite the challenging year 2020. The Group managed to keep the expectations of its customers high with a slew of offerings be it in the form of mobile apps, community support, or uninterrupted network connectivity whilst maintaining its position as a leading telecom operator in the region. With all these ongoings, the Group was also named Qatar’s Best Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) of The Year for 2020.

Read more: Ooredoo: Leading a new digital era and accelerating 5G roll-out

Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with H.E. Dr. Mohammed Altamimi, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), following the publication of a follow up public consultation on CITC’s “Spectrum Outlook for Commercial and Innovative Use 2021-2023”, whereby it plans to release more than 20 GHz of additional radio spectrum.

Read more: CITC: Leading digital regulation with resounding spectrum milestones

ECT, Europe’s leading value-added services specialist for CSPs, has strived to provide the best software solutions since its foundation over 20 years ago. Throughout that time, the company has borne witness to transformative changes in the telecoms industry, all while remaining true to its customer base: communications service providers (CSPs).

Read more: ECT: “Big companies are stripping operators of their personalities”

Amid the pandemic that hit the entire globe, the need for high-speed internet has become a necessity since everyone, or the majority of people, are now working from home. In this context, Telecom Review had the chance to speak with Mohamed Salama, head of fixed networks, MEA, Nokia, about the fixed networks portfolio the company has offered.

Read more: Nokia fixed and fixed wireless solutions address the increasing broadband demand in MEA

You’re reading it here first: The licensing process in Ethiopia is reaching its final stage. Telecom Review Africa has learned from various sources that the Government of Ethiopia has released the final version of the tender documents today. A meeting was held end of last week with the companies that have shown interest to participate in the tender which will allocate two new telecom licenses in Ethiopia. Telecom Review Africa understands that the government, and the organisations supporting it in organising the tender, have provided interested companies with the main changes made to the draft Request for Proposals (RFP), as well as the progress made on the definition of the regulatory framework due to regulate the activities of the newly liberalised telecom sector. They also handled questions from investors.

Read more: Ethiopia: Let the race begin!

umlaut is a global, full-service, cross-industry, end-to-end company that offers advisory and fulfilment services to clients all over the world. Telecom Review spoke to Hakan Ekmen, CEO Telecommunication at umlaut to know more about the company’s benchmarking activities and its plans for the Middle East region.

Read more: umlaut ‘adding something on top’ through benchmarking and advisory services

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