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

Telecom Operators

Telecom Operator Zain Group announced the restructuring of the top management by removing Scott Gegenheimer from the position of CEO and by appointing him in new role of CEO of operations.

Zain, which has strong investment plans to bolster revenue from mobile internet, has appointed Mohannad Mohammed Al-Kharafi as chairman, Bader Nasser Al- Kharafi as vice-chairman and CEO and Scott Gegenheimer as CEO of operations.

Earlier, Scott Gegenheimer was the CEO of Zain Group. The company did not reveal reasons for removing him from the position of CEO.

Zain Goup's net profit increased 2 percent to KWD 157 million or $519 million, while revenue was KWD 1.1 bilion with EBITDA of KWD 512 million that grew 3 percent in 2016. Zain Group's customer base grew by 3 percent, reaching more than 47 million customers.

Zain continues to be a market leader with respect to market share in five of its eight markets of operation.

Zain has identified service provision in the smart cities space and in B2B/ enterprise sector.