As a "hidden champion" of digitalization, Detecon International, a leading German management and technology consultancy, becomes 40 years young (founded 7/7/77). They are Deutsche Telekom Group's own management consultancy that guides national and international clients, including many telecommunications companies, through the process of digital transformation. In an interview with Telecom Review, Peter Krüssel and Falk Schröder, managing partners at Detecon International, talked about how they are helping companies to improve their performance and get them closer to digitization and 5G deployments.

Read more: Detecon: Digitalization and 5G bring new opportunities for telcos

Starting off as an analyst-programmer back in 1988 and growing year by year, pursuing the IT and telecom business sector, to establishing her own company,  Zakie Karam, General Manager & Co-Founder of DON TELECOM is definitely an inspiration in the world of Telecom.

Read more: A role model in the world of telecom

NeXgen has rebranded its organization as NXN - following the evolution of the business from a leading consulting services firm to a fully-fledged digital services provider. It has combined its expertise in Smart City consulting and knowledge of the GCC region to become the leading digital services provider in the Middle East. Telecom Review spoke to charismatic NXN CEO, Ghazi Atallah, to discuss in more details the thought process behind the rebranding, its role in smart cities and the digital transformation services it provides for its customers.

Read more: NXN the region’s leading digital services provider

Cloud and Enterprise Business

GBI, a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, joined the SmartHub Internet Exchange (SH IX) - Etisalat's carrier neutral internet exchange platform in the MENA ICT market.

Amr Eid, Chief Executive Officer of GBI, said: "We are pleased to join Etisalat's  SmartHub Internet Exchange which will enhance our network and the diversity of our routes providing access to the region's markets."

Ali Amiri, Group Carrier and Wholesale Officer, Etisalat said: "We are glad to host GBI into our ecosystem. This partnership will add greater value to the SmartHub platform further enriching our global network and connectivity propositions."

The Etisalat's SmartHub Internet Exchange (SH IX) is designed to handle significant end-user traffic and makes internet communication easier and cost-effective. SmartHub IX works towards providing a resilient, redundant and robust network with efficient engineering support. SmartHub IX interconnects global networks, content providers and eyeball networks. Etisalat offers a world class infrastructure and environment to clients seeking to broaden their exposure and growth into new productive and emerging global arena.

SmartHub IX offers public peering platform for its members, accentuating a significant performance through state of art network, coupled with high speed terrestrial and submarine cables. SH IX facilitates bilateral peering arrangements with regional, telecoms, ISP's and renowned content providers for traffic localization.