In some ways, the wireless revolution of the past 20 years has been one of history's quietest innovations. Consider how quickly and effortlessly wireless users have adopted the once-fantastical notion of universal connectivity in an affordable, pocket-sized device. In less than a single generation, the world has evolved from a tethered telephone to a wireless communication device that puts the world at your fingertips at any time and any place.

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Young people and women are at the root of a fast-developing dynamic entrepreneur scene driving technology innovation in Lebanon, according to a new report prepared by the UK Lebanon Tech Hub. The report indicates that women are increasingly taking the lead in Lebanon's startup scene. The same goes for the UAE and Saudi Arabia where woman are stepping up and leading innovation projects.

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Telecom Review continued its dedication and commitment to the ICT industry and exceeded all expectations by holding the best and largest high-level executive ICT gathering. The Telecom Review Excellence Awards, held on Dec. 6, recognized industry leaders for their efficient and hard work in 2017, and are a special way for Telecom Review to help celebrate the winner’s success.

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Budget pressures and customer/citizen demands are driving GCC nations to embrace digital transformation, according to Deloitte's 2017 National Transformation in the Middle East report. Digital transformation is playing a fundamental role in shaping the way governments across the world are adapting to new opportunities and challenges, and the GCC is no exception.

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Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of the "du" and "Virgin Mobile UAE" brands, hosted a GSMA meeting in Dubai on November 28 to execute candid discussions on aligning their visions for emerging innovations and technologies in the region that will have an impact on the telecom sector. Topics discussed include 5G, IoT, and e-SIM evolution.

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New technologies like 5G, edge, softwarization and cloudification will shake up the network factory of telco operators. Stone Age monolithic NT equipment producing plain voice and data services are in the past. The modernization of the network factory opens up new opportunities for telcos to monetarize their network capabilities and increase efficiency significantly.

Read more: Detecon: The network factory of the future needs a new way of working

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