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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Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, announced the finalization of a significant loan refinancing deal that will allow the company to explore new business and investment opportunities and to further support its successful transformational journey. GBI sealed QAR1 billion (US$285 million) loan refinancing deal with a major financial house in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf.

Abdulla Al Rwaili Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of GBI, said: "The support extended from the financial community demonstrates confidence in our innovative business model and future investment plans. The added liquidity will further support our transformation by enabling sustainable growth and enhanced financial flexibility to launch new strategies for business expansion."

Amr Eid, Chief Executive Officer of GBI, said: "The loan refinancing initiative comes after the capital increase by GBI's major shareholders in Q2 2016 that reflected their confidence and aspirations in GBI's unique transformation into a true global service provider. This loan will be long-term and will accelerate our ability to pursue organic and inorganic business opportunities, across different geographies and verticals."