Conferences related to telecommunications and ICT always aim to explain more about what is happening in the industry, however the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summits always offer more than just that. Leading C-level experts gather under one roof to explore the future of telecommunications from different perspectives and each according to his/her field of expertise.

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Ericsson has enjoyed a meteoric resurgence and renaissance since the appointment of Borje Ekholm as its CEO. The Swedish telecommunications behemoth was a company in distress when he was tasked with the responsibility of restoring the pioneering force in the ICT industry back to the top.

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While the whole world agrees that 5G will change the world as we know it, different opinions emerge as to what is really is. Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Etisalat International said to Telecom Review on the sidelines of the 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ that many are focusing on the technological side of 5G while in fact, it is about a whole ecosystem.

Read more: 5G is not about technology, but a whole ecosystem

The 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit which was held in Beirut gathered the ICT industry’s leading experts and CxOs, as well as specialized organizations and governmental entities working to reinforce the deployment of new technologies. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was represented by Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU who, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, discussed the importance of financial inclusion and highlighted the Union’s role in the 5G era.

Read more: Dr. Bilel Jamoussi touts Fintech as driver for financial inclusion

Digital transformation has been on the agenda of organizations for several years and we are witnessing its implementation across industries. AI, machine learning and IoT are key pillars to this transformation and all neighboring countries seem to have already started implementing a digital-first approach, with Lebanon is on its way. Even though there is no clear strategy in place to enable the country’s digital transformation, Numbase, as an international mobile VAS provider, has been making efforts to develop cutting-edge technologies to boost Lebanon’s position between countries.

Read more: Numbase striving to expedite digital transformation in Lebanon

Managed services are an important element in a company’s digital transformation journey. Data Consult is a leader in this field driving a better evolution of the infrastructure and smoother operations, while minimizing business-impacting incidents. Marc Nader, Chief Operating Officer, Data Consult SAL spoke to Telecom Review about the role of managed services in the digital era.

Read more: Data Consult enhancing clients’ digital journey

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