Over 600 leaders from the global ICT industry were in attendance at the 11th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, which was held at The Meydan Hotel, Dubai.

The two-day Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit kicked off under the theme of ‘It’s all about Smart Networking’ and “Building the SMART Future”, attracted participants from over 35 countries which acutely illustrates the global reach of the conference.

The Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit is recognized as one of the most important symposiums in the global ICT calendar with attendees from Alfa, ABS, Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Al Khalijiah, APTelecom, Almadinah Almunawara Development Authority, Cisco, CommScope, ConsenSys, du, Etisalat, Ericsson, Governance Dynamics, Huawei, IBM, ITC, Inwi, MYCOM OSI, Mavenir, MiCity, Microsoft, Nokia, NXN, Orange Egypt, Ripe NCC, Red Hat, PwC, PCCW Global, SES, Strategy&, Sofrecom, Stratanet, TELUS, Toda.Network, Z-Park China in addition to government delegates from several countries and industry players.  

Founder of Telecom Review and CEO of Trace Media, Toni Eid, officially opened the 11th edition of the conference and said the event represented the perfect  platform for leaders within the ICT sector to share their insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies as the industry prepares itself for The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Toni Eid said, “Over the next two days we will share insights on the development of 5G and examine the key technologies required for smart cities.”

CEO of Etisalat International, Hatem Dowidar and CEO of Trace Media, Toni Eid, then engaged in a debate entitled – How is technology affecting our daily life: Outlook to 2025.

The Etisalat International CEO said that technology was making people’s lives easier and refuted the claim that applications had an adverse effect on employment, saying that they in fact were creating new jobs. Dowidar used the integration of emerging technologies such as AI and Internet of Things in healthcare as an example of the revolutionary benefits of technology in our everyday lives.

Dowidar said, “The implementation of AI in healthcare can prevent and detect problems in a much more effective way, which makes it more efficient for both the doctor and patient."

The first day covered topics ranging from 5G and cybersecurity to capacity, data traffic and cloud.  Industry experts took part in informative panels to explain more about those topics and put their companies’ strategies into words.

Day 2 of the conference will focus on smart cities and will examine the characteristics and technologies that are required to create leading smart cities on a global scale.


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