The number of organizations implementing artificial intelligence (AI) grew 270 percent in the past four years and tripled in the past year, according to the Gartner, Inc. 2019 CIO Survey. Results showed that organizations across all industries use AI in a variety of applications, but struggle with acute talent shortages.

Read more: Gartner survey indicates that 37% of organizations have implemented AI

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers, Middle East and Africa, CommScope

In 2019, we enter a cautious, early adoption phase of this next generation of wireless technology. A small number of users will get a first taste of 5G in specific geographic locations, using specific applications, none of which are ubiquitous or cost-optimized.

Read more: Major trends driving 5G innovation in the Middle East: The 5G future begins now

With 5G bringing in new possibilities for operators across the globe, a higher capacity microwave backhaul becomes even more important to ensure high-quality mobile broadband. This year’s Ericsson Microwave Outlook report discusses how this demand can be met with advanced microwave technology, spectrum, combination with fiber, and machine intelligence.

Read more: How can high-capacity microwave drive 5G deployment?

By Ahmad Sayed, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Nexign

Happy New Year! I trust the holiday season was a time of celebration and delight for all of you. In an expat-heavy region, you undoubtedly observed another tradition—that of phoning home. That simple observance probably had a range of outcomes. Some of you may have been connected straightaway; others may have experienced lags; others may have given up and tried the next day.

Read more: Effective Congestion Management―the key to a prosperous 2019 for MEA telecom operators

We stumble across digital content whenever and wherever we are browsing the internet and it comes in many forms, from text and audio and videos files, to graphics, animations, and images. A big consumer of digital content is social media channels where people get to upload the videos the express their best moments with family and friends.

Read more: Artificial intelligence can be fun as proven by Huawei

UAE consumers are increasingly relying on technology and have a growing desire to be connected, with 67 percent stating that they see value in harnessing the power of technology. This is according to the findings of the UAE edition of a new study by KPMG International, titled Me, my life, my wallet. The report analyses factors driving consumer behavior and choices in the UAE — and how these could change as the customer of tomorrow emerges.

Read more: Report finds that UAE consumers are amongst the most connected technologically

Cloud computing has been a trending topic for a good number of years. But recently, many are under the impression that edge computing will eventually replace traditional cloud architectures. This is almost certainly not the case. There are use cases, such as the internet of things, where edge computing architectures provide advantages over fully-centralized cloud designs, especially when talking from a networking and data storage standpoint.

Read more: Is cloud getting edged out of IoT applications?

Lebanon has seen in the past couple of years its telecommunications sector take a giant leap forward which was translated on the ground with technological and ICT achievements. The Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications has committed to transforming the sector through the improvement of telecoms infrastructure and investment in ICT, and was able to honor a great part of its commitments.

Read more: Two years of achievements put Lebanon back on track

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