Dubai Civil Defence and Huawei announced a historic MoU to collaborate on a number of ICT initiatives that will lead to the creation of a next-generation, Smart City infrastructure for the safety, security and happiness of Dubai's inhabitants.  The MoU was signed during Huawei's Global Safe City Summit, held in Dubai on 26 and 27 April, 2017, which brought more than 350 global public safety and security stakeholders to the UAE to share experiences, insights and successes during the two-day event.

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The Sun Exchange, a marketplace where you can purchase solar cells and have them power businesses and communities, won the $20,000 first place prize at Smart Dubai's Blockchain Challenge on May 30 hosted with 1776, a global business incubator for startups. Smart Dubai and 1776 looked for game-changing applications of blockchain technology in any industry, and The Sun Exchange showed the most potential, according to the judges.

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Delivery drones continue to capture the attention of the news media, but will not be a major factor for several years, according to Gartner research, which indicates that the return on investment has not been proven either in regard to the cost of the drone, operational costs and a single customer delivery. That could be the case for drones delivering goods, but what about delivering people?

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His Excellency Eng. Yasser El Kady, Egypt's ICT Minister, has announced that 4G frequencies are ready to be used in the country. Following delays, 4G services will soon be deployed. The Egyptian Government has completed preparations for the transfer of 4G frequencies to operators, according to the Minister, after selling four licenses in a 2016 auction.

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5G MENA 2017, the two-day networking event that gathers all the leading industry players and experts in the MENA region together, hosted its seventh installment in which it discussed the best practices required in relation to developing effective 5G strategies and LTE deployments. The conference which was held in the Dubai World Trade Centre attracted thousands of attendees from the telecommunications and technology sector.

Read more: 5G MENA- 5G is coming for a ‘super-connected world’ and it will have a profound impact on our...

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