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.

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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 has announced its partnership with Smart Dubai Government to enhance the infrastructure of its existing network and proactively monitor and support to help achieve Dubai Government's Smart Dubai vision.

Smart Dubai Government is the technology arm of Smart Dubai, a city-wide initiative to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth.

Wesam Lootah, CEO Smart Dubai Government Establishment and Abdulla Al Ahmed, senior vice president, Government sales, Etisalat, signed a master services agreement at the GITEX Technology Week 2016. Under the agreement, Etisalat will help build the infrastructure to enhance the speed and performance of the existing network.

Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government said: ""Smart Dubai is committed towards making Dubai the happiest city on Earth. Today's strategic announcement will mainly benefit all Dubai government entities that work towards the goal of achieving this vision and work together to build the future of the city. Technology and a robust infrastructure are an integral part of this transformation, therefore it's essential to collaborate with a leading telco like Etisalat to utilize their expertise in building this smart network. We look forward to working closely with Etisalat and their team of experts to shape the future of the city and the country.""

Abdulla Al Ahmed, senior vice president, Government Sales, Etisalat said: ""Today's partnership with Smart Dubai Government is in line with Etisalat's pledge to support the long-term strategy of the nation, we have built a strong foundation by combining our strengths in robust and resilient communications and infrastructure services with our ecosystem of partners bringing global experience.

""We believe that with Etisalat's expertise, capabilities and strong track record of delivering flagship ICT projects, are well-positioned to support the UAE's 'Smart' vision, which is set to transform the country into an information-based economy. Etisalat has partnered with government entities on key projects bringing together our people, technologies and expertise in telecommunications and digital services and solutions for an on-time execution of complex projects.""