In the midst of a global pandemic, the highly anticipated 14th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit became the first-ever hybrid event to be organised in the region. The Summit enabled industry leaders, partners and the who’s who of the telecoms world to come together both physically and virtually to explore some of the most important topics affecting the industry, namely the impact of the pandemic on the ICT sector and the future of digital transformation post Covid-19.
In the months since the COVID-19 outbreak, communications providers have found themselves at the heart of a fast-changing world. Communications and connectivity are in great demand as entire populations are staying at home and digital infrastructure is becoming increasingly essential for human interaction. Supporting this dramatic change has not been easy, but operators have shown themselves to be agile and resilient.
With 5G technologies powering the next wave of business ecosystems and capabilities, a new and diverse revenue mix will be created for operators who can turn their networks into platforms for deeper interaction with content and services.
Technology is advancing at a blistering pace, and the pandemic has brought digitalisation to the fore, with the world gaining a renewed appreciation for how crucial connectivity is in every aspect of our lives. With digitalisation taking centre stage, 5G is becoming more important than ever, for the transformation of the telecoms industry but also global economies on a larger scale.
Throughout the pandemic, there was a drastic increase in the deployment of smart city technologies, namely in GCC countries. Weathering the storm of the pandemic was no easy feat but the GCC countries harnessed their advanced infrastructure to the maximum in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. From contact tracing technologies to apps, the GCC did a great deal. However, with new technology, comes new challenges. What does the deployment of these new technologies mean for corporate governance?
Digital transformation has become a necessity today, especially with what the world experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Telecom Review, Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO of Benya shed light of the company’s mission to accelerate digital transformation and fulfill the Egyptian government’s Vision 2030.
Data traffic made headlines in the telecoms industry in light of the exceptional measures businesses and individuals had to abide by due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, data traffic increases were registered all over the world and telcos had to be up to the challenge of catering to data-related needs.
TELUS was recognized this year for its record download speeds over 4G LTE. Telecom Review spoke to Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS about this milestone and discussed the importance of such an achievement at a time when speed and network quality are essential for business continuity.
This year has been nothing short of transformational for several public and private enterprises across the region and the rest of the world. The wholesale industry, in particular, had a unique experience throughout the pandemic, as people were forced into lockdown and began to study and work from home, causing a huge surge in internet traffic.
Sofrecom has been helping operators, governments and international institutions to achieve success for more than 50 years. In an interview with Wadih Cordahi, sales director, KSA, Sofrecom, Telecom Review highlighted the role of Orange Group subsidiary in Saudi Arabia.