By An Jian, president of Carrier Networks Business Group, Huawei Middle East

5G is expanding at an exciting pace, creating opportunities for operators and end users alike. In the past, after a new generation of mobile communication technology has been launched, the pace of network deployment is managed step by step by operators, while investment and ROI come mainly from the consumer market. However, 5G is changing things – the differentiated capabilities offered are much more, the projected demand segments are diversified and the business model is redefined. In order to better monetize the available markets, 2C and 2B, a multi-way collaboration model between all stakeholders ought to materialize especially between carriers and vertical industries.

Read more: Making 5G a commercial success

The internet of things (IoT) comprises of the billions of connected devices embedded in our homes, offices and cities, which are constantly collecting, analyzing and transmitting data. Some IoT devices, such as fitness trackers, are present with us everywhere we go. Others we interact with remotely, such as a smart thermostat system. Many are also invisible, operating to modulate traffic flows, industrial control systems and much more.

Read more: IoT: Internet of threats?

The telecommunications industry has been going through different phases of change. Ever since the notion of digital transformation arose, industry experts started calling for adaptation on both technological and business levels. Data is one of the elements that triggered the need for change, notably because of the huge amounts increasingly being generated which required revamped management models and strategies. But it’s not only about management. Data analytics are currently one of the most important pillars of a successful digital transformation.

Read more: For telcos, behavioral analytics are the answer

By Ehab Kanary, vice president of enterprise at CommScope

2019 saw the introduction of WiFi 6 certified products, the deployment of shared spectrum, availability of 5G handsets and service in select cities in the region, and an uptick in interest for private networks. These new standards, products and services will give enterprises more choices in 2020 as to how they meet increased demands for both capacity and coverage, as well as meet increased end user expectations.

Read more: 2020 brings choice for in-building wireless in the Middle East

Etisalat Group has announced its consolidated financial statements for the year ending December 31 2019. According to the report, twelve month consolidated revenues reached to AED 52.2 billion, while consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty for the twelve month amounted to AED 8.7 billion, an increase of 1% compared to same period last year.

Read more: Etisalat Group sees net profit grow to AED 8.7 billion

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