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

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Ooredoo Group signed a new network transformation agreement with Ericsson at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that will enable it to extend its competitive advantage by leveraging its global group-scale in its relationship with the technology leader.

Under the agreement, Ooredoo will transform its network and will be backed by Ericsson's services organization and solutions portfolio enabling the company to continue to modernize its networks while ensuring that cutting-edge technologies are shared faster with customers around the world.

The agreement builds upon the two companies' 2015 Group Frame Agreement to standardize the terms and conditions of supply of the Ericsson's hardware, software, and services portfolio across all Ooredoo operations.

Waleed Al-Sayed, deputy chief executive officer of Ooredoo Group, said: "This addendum to our 2015 frame agreement enables us to extend our competitive advantage by immediately benefitting from all of the world-class technologies Ericsson offers, while strategically positioning Ooredoo as an early adopter of new technologies Ericsson is set to bring to market in the future. We have committed to be a data experience leader across our markets, and strategic partnerships like this one with Ericsson will ensure that Ooredoo continues to lead from the front."

Ericsson currently supplies Ooredoo Group with 2G, 3G and 4G radio, core and transmissions solutions. Ooredoo provides 4G services in eight markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, and is putting a framework in place in the build-up to the availability of 5G services that will be supported by this frame agreement.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and East Africa, said: "With the increasing demands on digital services, we have experienced strong interests from the industry on deployments of advanced network services and solutions. Through this partnership, we will provide Ooredoo Group with the latest technologies that can provide smooth and efficient operation on their networks and deliver a differentiated customer experience to their subscribers across their different Operating Companies (OPCOs)".