As part of its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2017, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in partnership with Smart Dubai, aiming to develop a unified digital identity in the UAE. The agreement enhances the mutual cooperation between federal and local governments, in line with the UAE's strategy to launch and implement unified projects at the national level that contribute to achieving the goals of UAE Centennial 2071, UAE Vision 2021, and sustainable development.

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The Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, released a statement on October 17 praising the UAE's Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence is the launch of a sustainable and data-centric future, he said.

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During Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced a collaboration with US telecom company Verizon, and Novatel Wireless, an Inseego company, to help move the mobile ecosystem towards faster validation and commercialization of 5G NR mmWave technologies, supporting a full-scale commercial network deployment before the end of the decade.

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GITEX Technology Week kicked off in Dubai from October 8-12, 2017. The 37th annual event, located at the World Trade Centre, was an immersive, engaging and rewarding experience for attendees who had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the technology industry's leading executives. Partnerships and collaborations drew lots of attention at the event as companies move to diversify their offerings.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Teknotel, the leading technology and business magazine, organized in the framework of GITEX 2017, an awards ceremony on October 10th, 2017 at Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed road, Dubai. Teknotel awards recognized the best smartphones, electronics and operators of 2017.

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Telecom providers face tough times as digitization disrupts traditional business models. In fact, the telecom industry is ranked second after media as most likely to experience major digital disruption, according to a 2015 survey of C-level executives from 15 industries. EITC, the parent company of du, has responded to the disruption of digitization by embracing it, launching a fully digital mobile service.

Read more: How can telcos navigate the digital revolution?

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