Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) have emerged as the ideal choice to meet the increasing in-building wireless coverage demand and provide the expected quality of experience (QoE), said Mr. Ayman Raba, managing director & CEO at Kathrein Middle East, speaking to Telecom Review.

Read more: KBOW & IoT: The new era of Kathrein’s solutions

Mobile chipset/platform manufacturer Qualcomm plays an important role in facilitating the next generation mobile technology platform and the internet of things (IoT). As a leading partner of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Qualcomm enables emerging smartphone brands and connected device manufacturers to expand their global market and product footprint beyond phones into connected ecosystems, explains Jay Srage, President East Europe and MEA, Qualcomm, speaking to Telecom Review.

Read more: Qualcomm’s role in facilitating the next generation mobile ecosystem

Analyzing data is essential to successful smart city services, Labib Matta, chief business officer at NXN, told Telecom Review. Once a smart city consulting firm, NXN has grown into a full-fledged digital service provider with a list of heavyweight clients. Smart data analytics is the "key cornerstone" of NXN's services, said Matta - the essential component of its growing digital services portfolio.

Read more: Big data at the heart of NXN’s smart city as a service offering

Notes from the Chief Editor

R&D and patents are the core  of the tech industry, and this why many companies such as Qualcomm, Sony, Apple, Ericsson, IBM, Samsung and others have spent millions and billions on their R&D in order to innovate new technology solutions. It has been not only to bring their own businesses to higher levels, but also for the financial revenues which can be generated.

In 2015, Ericsson won a case against Apple for using its technology over a registered patent, bringing hundreds of millions onto their balance sheet. The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and the new White Light Emitting Diode still generate income for Samsung and represent huge patent revenue on many company balance sheets.

As per The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPT), in the year 2014, there were more than 300,000 utility patents. On top was IBM, Samsung, Canon, Sony, Microsoft, Toshiba, Qualcomm and Google. Most were for inventions, rather than designs, where protecting one’s innovation is a must.

This why more requests to the USPT office were re-issued last year, a record high. Such patents allow companies to put their inventions on lockdown for up to two decades.


Many countries are following the US in order to help protect the innovation of local companies and to push for more R&D spend, particularly in Korea, Canada and Japan.