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5G was the star of Mobile World Congress this year. It will change the way we connect to the Internet and to each other, bringing about an age of real-time interaction. From a broader perspective, the power of 5G will help us realize our visions of living in interconnected, efficient, smart cities, transforming the industries we rely on almost daily eternally.

Read more: 5G is on, bringing the most advanced 5G solutions to Lebanon

The increased adoption of smart mobile devices since the early 2000s created an explosion in the demand for data and value-added services. Telco service providers found themselves in a constant race to satisfy KPI baseline values under increasing pressures from dwindling margins and prevalent business models in highly-penetrated market. Rapidly evolving consumer and business requirements and the need to develop and deliver cost-effective quality services overwhelmed the imperative to make long-term investments with calculated risks.

Read more: SAUGO360 aiming to become leader in software and networking solutions development

By Anne Plese, director, product marketing, cloud infrastructure database solutions

Over the last five years, I have seen amazing advancements in Oracle Database technology. Actually, ever since the launch of the second version of Oracle Exadata, I’ve seen customers leapfrog over earlier benchmarks of performance, availability, scalability, and management. Today, Exadata’s unmatched hardware and software capabilities have made it the go-to choice for running any kind of Oracle database workload, including data warehouses, analytics, OLTP – as well as a combination of these workloads. There really is no better platform to run a mixed environment.

Read more: Oracle Exadata makes consolidating databases so easy that it just seems to “happen”

The 12th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders Summit in Beirut, Lebanon is expected to attract the region’s most prominent ICT experts and technology thought leaders in an effort to explore and examine the current opportunities and challenges in the telecommunications industry.

Read more: The 12th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit is set to beat all expectations

Digital transformation is all around us, revamping the core practices of businesses. Communications service providers (CSPs) are also looking to transform what they do and how they do it. They face a demanding public, hungry for content consumption and creation capabilities and a business community that relies on robust telecoms for its own digitisation initiatives.

Read more: Nexign calls for operators and OTTs to work together to cope with data proliferation

The sprint to 5G has begun with widespread deployments expected by 2020.   The opportunities for both consumer and enterprise markets are massive. Access to high-speed networks will not only delight consumers as they traverse the web, but also set a new standard in the types of experiences businesses can create for their audiences. 5G will deliver speeds up to 1000 times faster than 4G, as well as much lower latency and the ability to support huge numbers of devices connecting to the network simultaneously.

Read more: Building smarter experiences through 5G

Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction ever in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 isn't much better, new surveys show. Worldwide handset volumes declined 4.1% in 2018 to a total of 1.4 billion units shipped for the full year, according to research firm IDC, which sees a potential for further declines this year. “Globally the smartphone market is a mess right now,” said IDC analyst Ryan Reith. “Outside of a handful of high-growth markets like India, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam, we did not see a lot of positive activity in 2018.”

Read more: Will foldable phones save the smartphones market?

Established in 1993, IPT PowerTech is a complete solution provider combining energy-efficient solutions with innovative telecom infrastructure along with managed services, all the way to initiating and implementing the Guaranteed Savings Model and T-ESCO Model (Telecom Energy Service Company). The 25-year journey has been a rapid evolution to becoming the initiator of the dual battery concept, with a wide geographical footprint spanning over 11 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, and covering more than 50 countries.

Read more: IPT PowerTech celebrates its 25th anniversary, a quarter century of innovation, growth and...

There are growing concerns in Europe that if the regulatory environment doesn’t change, the continent will be left behind in relation to the commercialization and subsequent deployment of 5G networks. That was the general consensus which was shared amongst a number of high-profile and prominent figures from the ICT industry during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Read more: Europe set to be left lagging behind in race for 5G

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