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.

Read more: Automation is key to telco efficiency, says Ericsson

Highlighting the Lebanese operator's achievements in 2017, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, Emre Gurkan, CEO, touch, shed light on touch's leadership position in the mobile telecommunications market, as well on the company's plans and aspirations for the upcoming year, notably in terms of digitization.

Read more: touch emphasizes its aspiration to become Lebanon’s Digital Network Ambassador

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.

Read more: Palestine Telecom Group CEO: It’s our right to demand 4G

In a wide-ranging interview with Telecom Review, Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, talked up the company's role in making 'generational investments' for Canadians such as rolling out fiber and preparing for 5G. Gedeon, recognized by Telecom Review as 'Industry CTO of the Year' in 2017, also shared his perspective on what makes an effective chief technology officer.

Read more: TELUS CTO talks up fiber and 5G as ‘generational investments’

In 2018, US software-based telecom networking provider, Mavenir, will continue to embrace disruptive, innovative technology architectures and business models that drive service agility, flexibility and velocity, the company's president told Telecom Review. Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018, BG Kumar discussed Mavenir's recent projects and acquisitions that serve the telecom sector.

Read more: Mavenir’s BG Kumar hails disruptive technology

Dr. Khaled Biyari, Group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the largest telecommunications firm in the Middle East, speaks to Telecom Review about the company's successful 2017 and future aspirations. Despite challenges facing the legacy telecom sector, STC is investing in talent and partnerships to facilitate a digital future.

Read more: STC: Investing in a digital future

Mobile connectivity is shaping the way we do day to day activities. Whether it be mobile banking, mobile health or surfing the world-wide web, mobile coverage has become a part of who we are. Service providers are aware of the benefits mobile coverage presents, but when it comes to deploying new coverage, operators are faced with many challenges. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rajesh Mishra, CTO, Parallel Wireless, discussed in depth those challenges and highlighted the importance and use cases of the company's vRAN-based solution.

Read more: Parallel Wireless empowering mobile operators to cost-effectively deploy new coverage

With a clear vision to "Connect the Nation", Ogero has made great strides this year thanks to the efforts deployed to improve Lebanon's infrastructure and enable growth in the country. Speaking to Telecom Review, Imad Kreidieh, director general and chairman of Ogero, declared that the Lebanese people will feel the immediate impact of the improvements undertaken by Ogero to put in a place a solid fiber infrastructure, which will pave the way towards FTTC and FTTH deployment.

Read more: Ogero chairman explains how FTTx project is a first step towards FTTH deployment in Lebanon

Highlighting the benefits of InMobiles' new platform Apollo, Charbel Litany, CEO, explained to Telecom Review how this platform benefits operators, service developers, and end users. "Apollo will shock everyone," he said, confident that it will transform the whole industry.

Read more: Apollo will shock everyone, says InMobiles CEO

The evolution of wireless technology, coupled with the emergence of smart cities and demand from organizations, particularly in the transport sector, for robust, high-bandwidth connectivity, has opened a whole new set of applications for the wireless industry, InfiNet Wireless CEO Dmitry Okorokov told Telecom Review ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018.

Read more: InfiNet Wireless CEO touts wireless industry potential

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