Ten years ago, in April 2008, renowned San Diego-based chipset maker Qualcomm Incorporated announced its expansion into the Middle East and Africa. The ambitious city of Dubai was chosen as Qualcomm's regional hub, where an office was opened in Dubai Internet City (DIC) Free Trade Zone to serve the company's business interests. Ten years on, Telecom Review reflects on Qualcomm's role in influencing new technologies in the region.
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