Network softwarization and slicing took centre stage at a 5G workshop and demo day held in Geneva, 11 July 2017, in conjunction with a two-week series of meetings to progress the work of ITU's standardization expert group for future networks, ITU-T Study Group 13 (SG13).

Read more: ITU: New standards and demos of 5G softwarization and slicing

The online magazine Transformation Beats produced by the advisory firm goetzpartners has received the German Brand Award 2017 for successful brand management. The magazine launched in fall 2016 has quickly become the go-to platform for the forerunners and drivers of digital change. The content-marketing platform earned a special mention in the category Industry Excellence Branding, Corporate Services and finished in third place in the competition. The award ceremony was held yesterday, June 29, in Berlin.

Read more: Online magazine Transformation Beats wins German Brand Award

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office, has hosted the first meeting of the Executive Team of Smart Government Services, which emerged from the annual meetings of the UAE Government, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The team is responsible for assessing the smart services situation in the country, their mechanisms, provision channels, and ways to upgrade them with the aim of developing smart government services and enhancing the competitiveness position of the UAE on global level, to reach the desired goal of making the best of these services in order to achieve customers' happiness.

Read more: TRA hosts the first meeting of the Executive Team of Smart Government Services

DarkMatter, the international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, announces its significant presence at Black Hat 2017 taking place in Las Vegas, USA. Black Hat is the world's leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest in research, development and trends, with four days of technical trainings (22-25 July, 2017) followed by the two-day main conference (26-27 July).

Read more: DarkMatter to showcase innovative security technology at Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas

Social networking colossus Facebook is challenging a gag order from a US court that is currently preventing the organization from talking about three government search warrants. However, Facebook is claiming that the preventative measures implemented by the US court pose a threat to freedom of speech.

Read more: Facebook challenges gag order from US court, saying it poses a threat to free speech

'Petya' is the second global ransomware attack to occur in just two months following the infamous WannaCry attack in May 2017. Companies around the world have been crippled by the latest Petya attack, which first appeared on June 28. The Ukraine government was severely hit, as were banks and electricity grids, and other companies in France, Denmark and the State of Pennsylvania.

Read more: Second global ransomware attack in two months sparks mayhem

Full-fledged 5G is just around the corner, according to Ericsson's latest June 2017 Mobility Report. The acceleration of 5G New Radio (NR) standardization will enable large-scale trials and deployments of 5G in 2019. Thus, the number of 5G subscriptions is forecast to exceed half a billion by the end of 2022.

Read more: 5G subscriptions to surpass half a billion by 2022

US President Donald Trump recently met with tech leaders at the American Leadership in Emerging Technology event which was attended by executives from the country's leading operators such as AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. Trump said he will give US companies the competitive advantage they need to lead the way in new technological development.

Read more: US President meets with tech leaders to encourage innovation

The Middle East market is primed for the upcoming wave of digital growth.  Key digital growth levers already in place, such as a growing base of mobile subscriber, increasing data connectivity, as well as young and a tech savvy millennial population hungry for digital content.

Read more: The Digital Explosion: How VAS Business Aggregators are reshaping content for the Digital Era

Today we are standing at the beginning of the Fourth 'Intelligence' Revolution, said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo at the company's TRANSFORM event held in New York on June 20. Yang said Lenovo will "redefine IT" and encouraged "intelligent transformation" driven by cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Read more: The intelligence revolution is upon us, says Lenovo CEO

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