Tarek Saadi, Head of Ericsson GCC and Pakistan: Many operators have already begun preparing for 5G technology in the Middle East.
Nokia has been selected by the Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) as a supplier for the world's first LTE-R mobile broadband network to support railway operations and employee services. The network will be deployed on a railway line between Wonju and Gangneung as part of preparations for the major international sporting event being hosted by the country in 2018. KRNA is responsible for the development and maintenance of railway infrastructure in South Korea as well as a number of other countries.
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and East Africa: we are working together with our partners to pave the way for 5G across the region
Leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications made further advances in satellite phone capability with the launch of the world's first dual mode, dual SIM phone.
Nokia and UAE GCAA, have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both businesses and government agencies in a safe, secure and managed environment.
The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022. North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022.
The program, which first began in 2015, now covers 15 countries across the Middle East and is a gateway for students in the region to explore opportunities in the ICT industry.
Sterlite Technologies' Telecom Software Division - Elitecore, is a global IT product and service provider, offering pre-integrated BSS, Packet-Core and Carrier Wi-Fi solution. Elitecore's Revenue and Customer Management (RCM) Platform has been enabling operators to launch, monetize and personalize Next Generation Services.
CommScope says network convergence will be put on a high fiber diet as we move into the future of broadband. The company recently co-sponsored the "Broadband Outlook 2016" survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence that concluded fiber will play a crucial role in the development of 5G, as well as network speed in all FTTH deployments.
MTN, theSouth Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, announced its partnership with Huawei to launch the first Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solution in Africa - a Smart Water Metering solution designed to help MTN develop their NB-IoT services to explore new markets in the continent.