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Analyzing data is essential to successful smart city services, Labib Matta, chief business officer at NXN, told Telecom Review. Once a smart city consulting firm, NXN has grown into a full-fledged digital service provider with a list of heavyweight clients. Smart data analytics is the "key cornerstone" of NXN's services, said Matta - the essential component of its growing digital services portfolio.

Read more: Big data at the heart of NXN’s smart city as a service offering

The constant and rapid evolution of technology together with the digital revolution means we are witnessing innovation we never thought were possible before, explains Farid Faraidooni, chief operating officer at du, speaking to Telecom Review about the operator's efforts to ensure its customers' satisfaction and happiness, and facilitate the transformation of Dubai into a smart city.

Read more: We are witnessing innovation never thought possible, says du COO

In an interview with Telecom Review, Henrique Vale, Global Business Center MEA Leader, Applications & Analytics, Nokia talked about the company's ongoing assistance to CSPs in transforming towards digitalization, improving customer experience and increasing their profitability.

Read more: Nokia intelligent software paves way for digital transformation

Ricardo Silva, head of Mobile Networks Product Portfolio Sales, MEA, at Nokia, discusses the vendor's role in creating an evolutionary path to 5G for its customers in the region. Nokia Mobile Networks' strategy in MENA, says Silva, focuses on helping CPSs make use of the capacity opportunities of new unlicensed spectrum and driving core network evolution through the cloud.

Read more: Nokia Mobile Networks: Creating an evolutionary path to 5G

As a "hidden champion" of digitalization, Detecon International, a leading German management and technology consultancy, becomes 40 years young (founded 7/7/77). They are Deutsche Telekom Group's own management consultancy that guides national and international clients, including many telecommunications companies, through the process of digital transformation. In an interview with Telecom Review, Peter Krüssel and Falk Schröder, managing partners at Detecon International, talked about how they are helping companies to improve their performance and get them closer to digitization and 5G deployments.

Read more: Detecon: Digitalization and 5G bring new opportunities for telcos

In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, H.E. Jamal Jarrah, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister, talked about the latest achievements done so far starting by changing centers all over the regions in Lebanon, to adding 200 thousand landlines, to significantly decreasing internet prices.

Read more: Discover the latest of the Lebanese Telecom Sector, exclusive interview with H.E. Minister Jamal...

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) contribute to more than 60 percent of the GDP in the UAE; therefore, what's good for SMBs is good for the UAE, said John Lincoln, SVP of SMB at Etisalat. Lincoln shared with Telecom Review the company's vision for the SMB sector in the UAE, with an end goal to "move everything to the cloud on a reliable, highly secure network."

Read more: What’s good for SMBs is good for the UAE, says Etisalat’s John Lincoln

NeXgen has rebranded its organization as NXN - following the evolution of the business from a leading consulting services firm to a fully-fledged digital services provider. It has combined its expertise in Smart City consulting and knowledge of the GCC region to become the leading digital services provider in the Middle East. Telecom Review spoke to charismatic NXN CEO, Ghazi Atallah, to discuss in more details the thought process behind the rebranding, its role in smart cities and the digital transformation services it provides for its customers.

Read more: NXN the region’s leading digital services provider

UK wireless technology company Ranplan has claimed that its innovative technology will play a 'major role' in the ongoing global evolution of smart cities. The radio planning specialist is building a stellar reputation on a global basis - primarily because it has developed tools that plan both indoor and combined indoor and outdoor RF wireless networks. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Ranplan's charismatic CEO Alastair Williamson at CommunicAsia, Asia's premier ICT exhibition and conference held annually in Singapore to discuss the organization's future in the APAC region, its role within smart cities - and its objectives for the rest of 2017.

Read more: Ranplan CEO claims his company will play a ‘major role’ in the global evolution of smart cities

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