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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Whether fixed or mobile, a superfast broadband network represents a huge investment for a telecom operator or a government. For this investment to be justified, it must prove its value quickly, by generating for example additional revenues or reducing churn, or by delivering new services that improve the citizens and enterprises' social and economic conditions.

Read more: Which services to reap the benefits of a superfast broadband network deployment?

Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with Batelco and Avaya, has transformed the ministry's communications and collaboration capabilities, with a strategic ICT implementation to connect all ministry employees around the world. The ministry worked closely with Avaya to transform its citizen services by integrating and digitalizing its communications and collaboration capabilities through a two-phased project.

Read more: GCC country unveils the details of its digital transformation project

GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, released a new report, "State of Digital," offering intelligence on consumer media consumption and advertising investment trends worldwide. Among a series of publications by GroupM prognosticating media marketplace futures, the new report focuses on the impact of technology and digital capabilities on consumers and advertisers.

Read more: It’s official! Online media to surpass Linear TV in 2018

Youth in the Middle East and North Africa expect the Fourth Industrial Revolution to significantly impact their lives, while many are comfortable living in a future where robots exist alongside humans, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Shaper Survey 2017. The Middle East is embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution - a movement that is expected to add over $266 billion to the Saudi economy.

Read more: UAE and KSA embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

IBM has formally announced the launch of its Innovation and Industry Client Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Inaugurated under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Government, the center aims to fast track the digital transformation of both public and private organizations through advanced technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, blockchain, security, analytics, Internet of Things and quantum computing.

Read more: US tech giants open innovation center in the Middle East

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