A leading global ICT solutions provider and a leading Smart City advisory have forged an allegiance specifically aimed at making cities in the region smarter. Huawei and neXgen have officially announced their collaboration which has been agreed in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Smart City technology in the Middle East.

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Dubai has set itself an ambitious goal: to be the happiest and smartest city in the world. To see this goal come to life, the Smart Dubai initiative was launched in 2014. Leading the Smart Dubai Office's movement is Director-General Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, who spoke to Telecom Review about Smart Dubai's goal to "increase the efficiency of government services" to create even better city experiences.

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Nokia is to showcase its latest 5G-related innovations at IEEE Globecom 2016, showcasing technologies that will be the basis of the next-generation of dynamic networks. Through demonstrations and plenary discussions at the event, Nokia will show how operators can maximize resources such as spectrum to deliver the vastly increased capacity and speed required to serve the expanded 'fabric' of connected people, machines and devices expected in the 5G era.

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Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Showcasing its state-of-the-art software, hardware and services at GITEX 2016 in Dubai this past October, Telecom Review caught up with Bernard Najm, vice president and head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, who shared details about the various announcements Nokia made at the showcase, including a 4K 3D VR video streaming demonstration with du and other exciting developments.

Read more: Nokia delivers on the promise of VR, 5G and IoT at GITEX 2016

Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, recently said that the company remains confident that its focused investments in 5G will create a strong foundation for long term earnings growth. Qualcomm Technologies plays a leading role in the journey to 5G. In October 2016, the company announced the industry's first 5G modem - the Snapdragon X50 - at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. Qualcomm prides itself on being a wireless technology leader, which is at the very heart of its identity. The chipset maker's inventions have pushed the boundaries of wireless technology for decades. Speaking to Telecom Review, Jay Srage, president MEA and East Europe at Qualcomm, spoke about the company's 5G vision and journey.

Read more: We expect to continue revenue growth with 5G beyond 2020, says Qualcomm's Jay Srage

Shaking up the whole productivity industry, Microsoft and Qualcommhave announced that they have finally found a way to run full Windows 10 on devices powered by Snapdragon processors. This will mean things like tablets, Chromebooks and even smartphones will be able to run the same programs currently restricted to just PCs.

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Sparkle, the international service arm of Telecom Italia Group and among the top 10 global operators, and Vodafone announced a new agreement to directly connect their respective SMS messaging hubs to maximize the quality of service for end users of person to person (P2P) and application to person (A2P) messaging.

Read more: Sparkle and Vodafone sign new agreement for messaging services

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