The idea of transforming Dubai into the 'smartest' and 'happiest' city in the world is an intriguing idea, but is it realistic? What makes Dubai a smart city? How can it be measured? What has the Smart Dubai initiative actually accomplished? In an exclusive interview, the pragmatic H.E Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office, opens up about Smart Dubai; her passion for eGovernment and the public sector, the collaborations essential to the Smart Dubai model, and how the citizens of Dubai can truly benefit from the work that Dr. Aisha and her incredible team have accomplished.

Read more: From concept to reality: Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr opens up to Telecom Review about Smart Dubai and its...

In 2015, Ericsson teamed up with Kathrein, the global wireless antenna marker and Swiss operator Swisscom to develop a groundbreaking in-ground antenna system to provide additional wireless coverage in densely populated areas. The technology is called Kathrein Street Connect, developed to assist operators with deploying additional cell sites in places where site acquisition is difficult due to zoning issues. To gain further insight, Telecom Review caught up with Helmut Muehlbauer, head of Product Management, Mobile Communication Antennas, who shared his views on benefits, challenges and future aspirations related to the innovtive technology.

Read more: Insights from Kathrein about its groundbreaking in-ground antenna system

US-based QLogic is a global leader and technology innovator specializing in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. At this year's Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, QLogic introduced new ethernet connectivity products for its telco, enterprise, managed service provider, cloud and storage customers. Telecom Review caught up with Greg Scherer, VP & CTO, QLogic, at MWC, who shared his insights about the company; its new FastLinQ 45000 Series, strengths, challenges and future prospects.

Read more: QLogic: VP addresses new FastLinQ ethernet-based technology

Not only is the telco industry gearing for transformation, but a number of players in the industry might even prove to be disruptive. ONEm is one such company and Telecom Review recently spoke with Christopher Richardson, CEO, about the company's value proposition, customer experience and how it could help operators compete with OTT.

Read more: One for the operator

With the rise of MVNE/Os in the region, Telecom Review caught up with Vaibhav Mehta, senior vice president, Business Development & Telecom Practices, to find out how Elitecore solutions can support the issue.

Read more: Winning in the market

Telecom Review catches up with Safder Nazir, regional VP Smart Cities & IoT at Huawei, to examine how Dubai has become a global pioneer in smart city planning, and what lessons its journey holds for other metropolises on the road to digital transformation.

Read more: A path to the future
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