The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has made the first field measurements in the Middle East to develop criteria for compatibility between International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R).

Read more: TDRA measures IMT, GSM-R compatibility for quality telecom services

Nokia’s senior vice president mobile networks MEA, Nokia Networks, Bernard Najm, is heading on a new journey after more than 25 years at the company. Najm is set to join Amazon Web Services as the vice president telco for MEA to pursue the road of success.

Read more: Bernard Najm embarks on a new professional journey

The large young population makes the startup ecosystem in the region most vibrant with one of the highest levels of digital connectivity. In addition, a number of initiatives have emerged in recent years to promote business and social entrepreneurship in the region.

Read more: Etisalat leading the way for SMBs and entrepreneurs

ICT industry entities such as GSMA and ITU have been relentlessly advocating for ‘greener networks’ in the hopes of achieving a significant reduction of the environmental impacts of the ICT sector. ICTs contribute to around 2 to 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; however, ICTs are also well positioned to assist other sectors of the economy in reducing carbon emissions. With a host of initiatives, they aim to limit global warming within a 1.5°Celcius target set by the ITU Recommendation ITU-T L.1470 compatible with the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

Read more: What are green networks anyway?

The Middle East region—and particularly the GCC—has been amongst the global forerunners in 5G experimentation and deployment. Over recent years, many of these networks have scaled tremendously as operators start to monetize these investments. New 5G ecosystems have been built. Original 5G-powered applications have been introduced to local industries. Many organizations also had the foresight to invest in 5G digital infrastructure long before the current pandemic, and that investment has paid off significantly as network traffic has increased, and more businesses have gone digital. 

Read more: How 5G business development was a major contributor to Kuwait carriers’ positive H1 2021 financial...

Digital transformation is everywhere — literally. From the way we make conversation up to how we make transactions, leaning towards the automated approach is convenient and inevitable. This is applicable as well to the telecom industry as a whole; particularly on the backend.

Read more: The whys and hows of telecom infrastructure automation

At the Customer Strategy & Pain Point Analysis (CSPA) conference hosted by Huawei in September 2021, Mr. John Giusti, GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer, shared the progress in reducing global carbon emissions and the ICT industry's efforts to achieve the carbon neutrality goal.

Read more: GSMA accelerates mobile industry’s race to net-zero carbon emission by 2050

Soon 5G will be the fastest adopted mobile generation, and for that, the 4G rollout taught mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that they must take a more proactive approach if they are to successfully compete with larger mobile network operators (MNOs). Here, Hamish White, CEO of telecommunications software provider Mobilise, explores the 5G future of the MVNO.

Read more: 5G uplifts the MVNO market

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