Communications infrastructure company CommScope is preparing for fifth generation networks (5G) by helping wireless operators reach Gigabit LTE speeds. The road to 5G is paved with LTE, CommScope's VP of Sales, Service Providers, Middle East and Africa, Femi Oshiga, told Telecom Review at Mobile World Congress 2018, where the company's latest LTE and 5G solutions were on display.

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Emerging technologies such as IoT, 5G and artificial intelligence are creating new opportunities for telecom providers in the enterprise space, and therefore they require internal systems that 'transcend to enterprise', Ericsson's Head of Digital Services Middle East and Africa (MEA), Indranil Das told Telecom Review. Automation will play a significant role in this, added Ericsson's Head of Managed Services MEA, Eva Andren.

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Palestine Telecom Group (PalTel) is the largest employer in the Palestinian Authority after the government. Jawwal, PalTel's mobile operator subsidiary, officially launched 3G services in the West Bank in January 2018, but not yet in Gaza. Speaking to Telecom Review, PalTel chief executive officer, Ammar Aker, said it is the company's "obligation and right" to demand 4G capabilities having "requested the frequencies for 4G for the past three years" from Israel.

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