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

Modern, unified charging, billing and CRM solution will provide Iraqi customers with ease of access to new and existing mobile services, and also a faster time to market product launch by Zain Iraq.

Zain group and Huawei have announced the launch of the first fully convergent billing system in Iraq. In Iraq, the former operates in a highly competitive and challenging telecom environment, which means focusing on the needs of the customer, as well as providing superior service quality, is key. Customers demand choices in price plans, as well as payment options such as prepaid or postpaid, and the ability to choose a product based on their lifestyle. In addition to that, customers are also keen to have various options open to them, with respect to how they combine and share their data and voice offerings with their family, friends or at work.

Zain Iraq successfully commissioned and installed a state-of-the-art converged billing and charging platform, thus replacing legacy infrastructure with a modern, unified charging, billing and CRM solution. This system is capable of effectively handling all services and types of customers, bringing fluidity to services, voice and data included, in addition tobilling options, and customer segment offerings. The time-to-market-from concept spanning till product launch has also been dramatically reduced.

Commenting on the introduction thereof, Dr Haidar Radi, Zain Iraq Chief Operating Officer said, ""Zain listened and responded to the requirements of its customer base by delivering a cutting edge convergent billing solution in partnership with Huawei. Today's launch marks a milestone in the telecom industry in Iraq, as Zain's customers now have the freedom to handle and receive their mobile services in a multitude of different ways.""