With a history spanning over 140 years, Ericsson has proven itself to be a resilient partner for telecom operators looking to monetize into new revenue streams. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said the company's experience and understanding of using automation and processes makes it the ideal partner for telecom operators willing to embrace change.

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Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, is a consulting and engineering company in the telecommunications sector. Telecom Review spoke to Sofrecom CEO Guillaume Boudin and managing director of Sofrecom Middle East, Elias Saab, about the company's role in reshaping telecom operators' business models to keep up with industry disruption. 

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Smart Dubai, an initiative anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth. The organization's visionary leader, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, spoke to Telecom Review about the importance of embracing digital practices and data sharing.

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Telecom Operators

Qatar's Ooredoo Group posted its Q2 financial results for 2017 showing a 12 percent fall in net profit to 513 million riyals (US$137) million from 583 million riyals the previous year. The results fell below SICO Bahrain and EFG Hermes forecasts of 642.81 million riyals and 529.3 million riyals, respectively.

Ooredoo's domestic market of Qatar remains its strongpoint, similar to Etisalat's strength in the UAE. The operator's overseas operations throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia didn't perform as well due to foreign exchange losses and low earnings from Iraq (Asiacell).

Ooredoo'S Q2 revenue increased to 8.22 billion riyals from 8.03 billion, taking fist-half sales to 16.26 billion riyals, up 2 percent from 2016. The company's net profit fell 25 percent to 1.1 billion riyals. However, domestic results improved for Ooredoo in Qatar, where its half-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 4 percent to 2 billion riyals.

Parts of Iraq have been under control of militant group Islamic State, resulting in Ooredoo's subsidiary reporting EBITDA of 972 million riyals in the six months to June 30, down 3 percent from 2016, contributing to overall losses.

Ooredoo Kuwait - of which a majority is owned by Ooredoo Group, with operations in Algeria, Tunisia, the Maldives and the Palestinian Territories - has already reported a 14.29 percent increase in Q2 profit, according to Reuters.