Ericsson has become a member of a consortium led by operator Zain Kuwait. The consortium will carry out a large digital transformation project for local utilities. The project will be completed by 2024 and as the sole technology partner, Ericsson will deploy a new smart metering solution.
User experience has become vital for operators to stay competitive in the sphere of broadband operation. User experience can be classified into service acquisition experience (for instance how long it takes to provision services or allocate bandwidth) and service application experience (for instance video playback quality, the amount of provisioned bandwidth or how long it takes for complaints to be resolved).
In a US wireless industry first, Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies announced on August 2 they reached 953 Mbps (just under 1 gigabit per second) in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. While lab tests have shown comparable speeds in recent months, this is the fastest announced speed achieved in a real-world, dynamic network environment leveraging Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.
Huawei launched its largest Middle East-based Innovation Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on July 31, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and H.E. Li Huanxin, the Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Huawei's brand love and reputation as a company has been growing from strength to strength in the Middle East, proven by the latest YouGov 2017 Brand Index Rankings. For the second consecutive year, Huawei has secured rank 3 in the UAE Top Index Improvers list, with a significant improvement of 50% in its index scoring. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Huawei ranks second place, with an index improvement of 87%. By consistently enhancing its brand reputation and scoring year on year, Huawei has been winning a firm foothold and recognition in the region.
The Executive Council of Dubai and Huawei Consumer Business Group announced a partnership that will see it include Dubai Font on its mobile operating systems as one of its standard pre-loaded fonts. The font will be automatically available on the upcoming Huawei flagship smartphone starting with the Middle East and Africa later this year, and in the rest of the world as of next year. Designed to reflect the modernity and culture of innovation that exists within Dubai, the signing is the latest move in a series of steps that has seen it cement its position as a global cultural hub.
Meeting growing customer interest in 5G, Nokia is broadening its focus into multiple areas of early 5G mobility use cases, including enhanced mobile broadband and ultra-reliable, ultra-low latency communications. Nokia will push for accelerated 3GPP industry standardization while building on early customer experiences with its Nokia 5G FIRST end-to-end solution, launched in February at Mobile World Congress.
Statistics announced by Smart Dubai revealed that its DubaiPay portal for payment online and via smartphones registered a 15 percent increase in the amounts collected between June 1st 2016 and June 1st, 2017, and a surge of 13 percent in number of transactions carried out over the same period.
To meet growing customer interest in 5G, Nokia is broadening its focus into multiple areas of early 5G mobility use cases, including enhanced mobile broadband and ultra-reliable, ultra-low latency communications. Nokia will push for accelerated 3GPP industry standardization while building on early customer experiences with its Nokia 5G FIRST end-to-end solution, launched in February at Mobile World Congress.
Nokia reported an increase in profit for Q2 thanks to its patent deal with Apple and gains in market share, but it warned the network business could slow by more than expected this year.