With a history spanning over 140 years, Ericsson has proven itself to be a resilient partner for telecom operators looking to monetize into new revenue streams. Speaking to Telecom Review, Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said the company's experience and understanding of using automation and processes makes it the ideal partner for telecom operators willing to embrace change.

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Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, is a consulting and engineering company in the telecommunications sector. Telecom Review spoke to Sofrecom CEO Guillaume Boudin and managing director of Sofrecom Middle East, Elias Saab, about the company's role in reshaping telecom operators' business models to keep up with industry disruption. 

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Smart Dubai, an initiative anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth. The organization's visionary leader, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, spoke to Telecom Review about the importance of embracing digital practices and data sharing.

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Notes from the Chief Editor
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All things related to ICT and at every conference, regardless its focus, the topic of smart city comes up every time! Check out MWC right now, and you can see that vendors large and small are focusing on smart cities. This has been happening for years.

But, if we look around us, not much has been done to make the city smart and not much has been done to improve citizens' lives. If we define first, what a smart city is, it will be a good strategy and start. Unfortunately, all of the smart city councils and organizations are simply promoting ideas, talking more than working, though innovative high tech is geared toward smart cities. Still, the IoT is made for smart cities, and 5G will serve smart city connectivity.

Why is there a mix of connected cities with smart cities? What about waste management? What constitutes perfect security? Where is the green space and walking areas? Are government services available at affordable prices? Where is mHealth and education? A long list!

It looks like a race of talks amongst governments at lightning speed, but the execution is a slow pedestrian!