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

Etisalat Group extended its history of success at the industry's most important annual awards: the Glomos. Etisalat came out on top of strong global competition to claim two awards, including the most prestigious title of overall winner and 'supreme' Connected Life Champion.

This followed earlier success for "Drones 4 Good" in winning in the 'Best Mobile Innovation for Health' category. Following a change in name and format, the Glomos - the new name for the Global Mobile Awards - were presented at a variety of ceremonies across four days during Mobile World Congress 2016 currently being held in Barcelona, Spain.

Etisalat's "Drones 4 Good" combines; telecommunication expertise, mobile financial services, power generation and drone technologies, to provide a solution for polio eradication in remote rural areas. Etisalat developed specialized drones to transport polio vaccine to remote locations. Etisalat's GSM and satellite networks allow for tracking and geo-mapping aligning and supporting medical teams on the ground. Etisalat GSM base stations also recharge cold boxes and drone batteries.

In addition to this highest industry recognition, Etisalat also received two special awards from GSMA for the work successfully executed in Pakistan and UAE with Digital Identity service - Mobile Connect.

Etisalat's award-winning mHealth/wellness, Mobile Cashier and Virtual Mall services are showcased as a part of GSMA Innovation City, where leading global service providers are demonstrating industry-defining, customer-facing propositions.

"Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA's Glomo Awards this week of Mobile World Congress," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. "In what was a remarkably wide field of more than 930 entrants, narrowed to 170 nominees, it is truly an outstanding achievement to have been selected by our esteemed judging panels. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 21st Glomo Awards."