As Facebook owns WhatsApp, it has started recently sending verification codes for new users’ registration through WhatsApp instead of sending them through the usual SMS. This step will cause huge revenue losses to mobile operators and will place Facebook into serious and direct competition with mobile operators.

Read more: Facebook carries on its war on mobile operators

Artificial intelligence, the ubiquitous buzzword that keeps seeping into our everyday conversations and across several industries, carries with it the promise for a better life. It brings about a promise for bettering our lives as individuals, citizens, customers, students and most interestingly of all, as patients.

Read more: AI and the promise of better healthcare

Prominent government leaders and business executives from across the region recently came together at the Huawei Day Lebanon 2019 held at the Seaside Pavilion in Beirut to identify ways of accelerating the country’s move towards a new digital era. The two-day conference included a series of panels and workshops focused on how to address the transformation of industry today, leveraging innovative technologies to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully-connected intelligent world.

Read more: Huawei Day Lebanon 2019 explores AI and 5G as drivers for a digital future

Following a series of major breakthroughs in 5G, Etisalat has collaborated with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to showcase emerging 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) trends, technology updates, Artificial Intelligence and automation in a unique technology roadshow.

Read more: Etisalat sets new benchmark in telecoms industry with new 5G demo

MEF is pleased to announce two major developments related to MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata APIs. MEF launched the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program for inter-provider service automation, with an initial focus on automating ordering of MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Access E-Line services. Simultaneously, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK (Software Development Kit) Release 3 with APIs for inter-provider serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. Together, these important steps will accelerate implementation of standardized LSO Sonata APIs worldwide, driving frictionless inter-provider business processes and faster service delivery across the service provider community. 

Read more: MEF launches the pilot MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata certification program

By Azz-Eddine Mansouri, General Manager at Ciena Middle East

In an age of cloud networking, static connectivity just isn’t enough anymore. Increasingly, there is a need for networks that give us the bandwidth we need, when we need it. Enter Bandwidth on Demand (BOD), a network connectivity service that allows users to request bandwidth at desired levels when and where they need it.

Read more: Bandwidth on Demand – the next chapter driving a digital economy

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