Yahsat's third satellite, Al Yah 3, is "all go for 2017" said Chief Commercial Officer Farhad Khan speaking to Telecom Review on the sidelines of CABSAT satellite expo in Dubai. The UAE-based satellite operator is gearing up for the launch of the Ka-band satellite later this year, and CABSAT was the perfect venue for Yahsat to share its progress and reflect on a tough 2016 for the industry.

Read more: Yahsat focused on expanding coverage across MEA and beyond, says CCO

The acquisition of Indian telecoms software firm Elitecore by digital infrastructure giant Sterlite Tech has provided it the opportunity to address the pressing end-to-end network requirements of communication service providers (CSPs), said Elitecore's Vaibhav Mehta, Senior VP - Business Development, speaking to Telecom Review at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Read more: Sterlite Tech's Elitecore acquisition enables it to meet end-to-end CSP requirements

Naveed Kashif, head of Sales, ION (IP and optical networks) for Middle East & Africa, Nokia, speaks to Telecom Review about the company's vast and successful IP and optical networks business - solutions that can help any organization with carrier-grade needs meet the challenges of evolving network infrastructure. Kashif highlights why Nokia's ION solutions are important for the MEA region and discusses plans for the sector's future in the company.

Read more: Nokia’s ION solutions help organizations meet the challenges of evolving network infrastructure

SkyStream a leading systems integrator and services provider have revealed that they've created a solution with partners on solving some of the major security and privacy issues presented by the emergence of drone technology. In addition to this, SkyStream is a systems integrator that remains focused on providing solutions and services for its three key verticals which are - Marine, Military and Oil & Gas.

Read more: Satellite leaders combine to develop solutions aimed at solving security issues with drones

American networking equipment firm Linksys have introduced their innovative VELOP system to the Middle Eastern market to much fanfare in Dubai. The new product is a complete wireless and wired solution that is simple to use, exceedingly fast - and provides 100% speed to the edge of the network. It is being hailed as the first true Whole Home Wi-Fi system that is set to revolutionize the Wi-Fi experience for 'The Connected Family'.

Read more: Linksys new Velop system will revolutionize Wi-Fi experience for ‘The Connected Family’

Belgian satellite communications equipment manufacturer Newtec recently unveiled a number of new DVB-S2X wideband products for use with High Throughput Satellites (HTS). Speaking to Telecom Review, Newtec's Richard Schaap, Market Director for Broadband Access and Executive Director for Business Development, says the new products are part of Newtec's satellite communication equipment product range, which cater to every aspect of satellite communications.

Read more: Newtec equipment caters to every aspect of satcom

At Mobile World Congress this year, HMD Global, the license-holder of the iconic Nokia mobile brand, stole the show by unveiling three new Nokia smartphones and a reimagined version of the classic Nokia 3310. The Finnish startup has revamped the Nokia brand's reputation for reliability, says HMD Global's Director of Global Marketing Strategy and Head of Marketing for MENA and APAC, Patrick Mercanton, by defining "quality" as its culture.

Read more: HMD Global revamps Nokia’s reputation for reliable and durable phones

US-based communications infrastructure giant CommScope will focus on helping operators with their LTE and LTE-Advanced rollouts this year, says CommScope's Philip Sorrells, VP - Portfolio Marketing, speaking to Telecom Review at MWC 2017. The company is also looking towards 5G, building an idea of what infrastructure requirements the technology will demand, and how CommScope can help operators introduce it.

Read more: CommScope’s primary focus is helping operators introduce LTE-Advanced & 5G

Alistair Williamson, CEO of UK-based firm Ranplan which specializes in developing tools that plan both indoor and combined indoor and outdoor RF (radio frequency) wireless networks, says there's been a "shift from just the traditional exhibitors to new and emerging technology companies" participating at Mobile World Congress.

Read more: Ranplan CEO says emerging firms are better equipped to meet niche requirements

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