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. 

Read more: Sofrecom: Reshaping operators’ business models

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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The limelight that has shone upon 5G for the past two years is becoming a tangible reality!

Most operators are conducting continuous commercial tests of 5G, whether with single or multiple vendors, even though the ITU standardization of 5G spectrums has not been finalized yet.

The race has begun, and operators want to finish ahead of each other in deploying this great technology that promises huge capacity and very high speeds that were never expected even at the launch of LTE few years back.

Vendors are looking for a better opportunity to increase their sales, and their R&D investments are paying off.

The challenge continues: devices that can manage this speed and capacity of data will increase by 25 times, and even much more than that.

The main, most important tool is the device’s chipset, which has already been launched by Qualcomm; 5G devices need new technology to operate the receiver to the chipset and to operating systems, etc.

The new 5G devices will be launched after 2018, and we’re waiting for the standardization of spectrums to be out. That is, unless some regionally-focused devices will be launched, such as is the case with Apple using its own spectrum standard for the American market.