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.

Read more: Ericsson: Helping operators monetize into new revenue streams

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.

Read more: Smart Dubai’s vision of a digital and interconnected city

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February is the month of mobile! Mobile World Congress has been held every February for enough years now that it has become “the month of mobile”.

Every year, the mobile industry waits until February to launch the best of mobility, whether it is a handset, software or solutions.

Mobile and mobility are not just conference topics; now, it’s trending our lives. Mobility changes lives and smart mobility affects us more and more.

So, what can we expect this year at MWC in Barcelona? 5G will be on top of the list with the first 5G chip announced by QUALCOMM. Spectrum standardization is expected before MWC next year, as 5G serves IoTs and smart cities.

There is an app hall and the launch of several new handsets.

The return of Nokia mobiles to the global market arrives, and these smart devices equipped with Android operating systems are sure to draw in crowds to the Nokia booth.

Huawei is expected to launch  a new update of its elegant smart devices, as well as provide its view of 5G and how Huawei will be at the forefront of this Industry.

Many operators will be attending MWC this year, showcasing their platforms to the industry and insisting on being “key” to mobility.

The internet of things, smart innovation and smart city solutions will be a big part of this year’s show, as new cities become based upon mobility and provide citizens with enjoyable services via mobile.

Thanks to all of the above, “mobile is next” – this was Telecom Review’s vision more than 10 years ago, with our slogan which states: Life goes MOBILE!