The pandemic forced organisations everywhere to come up with rapid solutions to unforeseen challenges. In particular they were tasked almost overnight with finding ways of supporting hundreds or perhaps thousands of remote workers – the so-called ‘branch of one’. This required an architecture able to extend enterprise class networks to remote and mobile employees.

Read more: NetEvents CxO round table: The ‘branch of one’ and the new enterprise edge

Sparkle has enhanced its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions by adopting a multi-vendor approach. Sparkle’s managed SD-WAN solutions provide hybrid, secure and low-latency connections globally, thanks to its global IP and fiber-optic backbone and worldwide presence as well as direct and secure access to major cloud providers.

Read more: Sparkle enhances SD-WAN offering with network security capabilities

Jupiter Asset Management has launched its latest white paper titled “The innovations disrupting financial services in Emerging Markets” in response to shifting dynamics of financial services in the Middle East. In the paper, Jupiter identifies which FinTech trends have had the greatest impact in the last year and investigates how they are playing a role in evolving the financial services sector. FinTech is currently in an exciting phase, with new entrants afforded the opportunity to create compelling products for consumers while challenging the status quo and influencing incumbent financial institutions.

Read more: Fintech takes the lead in improving financial services sector

According to a global study published by the GSMA, the mobile industry will need an average of 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum between 2025 to 2030 to meet the United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU) IMT-2020 requirements of reliable 100 Mbps end-user download speeds and 50 Mbps upload speeds.

Read more: 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum needed to support 5G growth

Acknowledging the importance of data governance in today’s digital age, Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) has recently drafted Kuwait’s first comprehensive data privacy protection regulation, applicable to both public and private sector entities processing personal data of Kuwaiti citizens and domestic and overseas residents of Kuwait.

Read more: Kuwait CITRA drafts first comprehensive data privacy protection regulation

The telecom industry in the past year has embraced innovation and technology, helping launch and define products/services to create a market differentiation and bring digital transformation. During the post-COVID era in the new normal, the telecom wholesale community has done the same, as it is the enabler/provider of inter-connectivity between networks and entities, capacity services, access, exchange of traffic, delivery and data centre services, continuing to play a pivotal role in the future.

Read more: Etisalat Carrier & Wholesale: An enabler of transformation in the new normal

MEF announced several milestones for its MEF 3.0 certifications, fueled by the need for validated services, technologies, and professionals to help enable enterprise digital transformation. More than sixty service providers and technology vendors around the globe now offer MEF 3.0-certified Carrier Ethernet (CE) and SD-WAN solutions.

Read more: MEF 3.0 Certification empowering enterprise digital transformation

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