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

Zain Group has been named the region's 'Best Network Functions Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking (NFV/SDN) Solution Provider' with Zain Saudi Arabia also being singled out as having the 'Best IoT Application/Service', at the 5G MENA Awards ceremony held in Dubai, organized by Informa, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group.

The annual 5G MENA Awards ceremony is aimed at recognizing the most innovative, secure, and leading solutions, companies and individuals making a difference in the areas of NFV/SDN, LTE, 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) in the MENA region.

Zain Group's NFV/SDN solution has been implemented in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and is being rolled out to other key markets. It was judged to be the best among those from operators making a demonstrable impact in facilitating the development of NFV/SDN over the last year. Nominees for the category were required to showcase that they had devised an innovative NFV proof of concept or introduced a new service that would help revolutionize the market, lower barriers and help make technology virtualization a reality.

Additionally, Zain Saudi Arabia was also singled out as having the 'Best IoT Application/Service', in a category recognizing innovative IoT devices, products, applications, services, or solutions that address a specific challenge, or enable a specific outcome that was not previously achievable.

Over the last two years, Zain has been working with leading global technology solutions provider in developing its NFV/SDN solution and IoT Application Service. 

Early 2015, Zain undertook the Middle East's first demonstration proof of concept for NFV with the objective to demonstrate cloud use cases that give Zain a faster time-to-market, offer high-quality user experiences and easily deploy ICT services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Machine to Machine (M2M), Rich Communication Services (RCS) and enterprise solutions. Furthermore, Zain tested the utilization of power of virtualized network technologies to deliver more dynamic, flexible, and efficient mobile services to its customers, combining traditional telecommunications hardware with contemporary cloud-based and software-driven IT solutions.