By Anis Sinno, head of marketing for Nokia, Middle East

The Middle East region has been among the first ones globally in 5G adoption with Nokia leading the trends and momentum. It is not new that 5G will transform business models and open new revenue streams for enterprises, revolutionizing the way individual consumers and industries live and operate especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will create opportunities for CSPs to enter new markets and deliver extraordinary experiences.

Read more: Unleash the value of 5G, thrive in your business

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers, Middle East and Africa

Every year, we predict what trends will impact the networking market in the coming year. 2020 was particularly inaccurate because nobody was anticipating the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the way people work and play. Still, some of our projections based on fundamental underlying trends came true, while others got delayed.

Read more: Hits and misses on our predictions for 2020

As million more devices connect to their networks, telecommunications service providers are migrating from hardware-based network appliances to virtualized infrastructure to enable them to rapidly and economically scale to meet ever increasing demands from customers.

Read more: New, enhanced, and useful customer experiences are vital to the successful adoption and...

Connectivity in 2020 has taken on a whole new meaning. It has become more essential than ever before, as individuals, businesses, and governments have leaned on their technology to stay connected as seamlessly as possible during the global COVID-19 pandemic. With the importance of technology and digital transformation elevated to a new level, President of the Huawei Middle East region, Charles Yang, says that the next point of focus is in creating value with synergy across five tech domains: connectivity, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), computing, and industry applications – all of which are enabled by the roll-out of 5G networks.

Read more: Creating value across five tech domains to build an intelligent world in the Middle East

The new normal has imposed new trends that existed long before the coronavirus pandemic, but have gained ground in light of it. Remote work and remote education have emerged and have been effective thanks to video conferencing applications backed by improved network performance. With the rise of video applications, one questions the role of mobile operators and the impact it has had on them.

Read more: Mobile video services: An opportunity for telecom operators

The 14th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit will be held this year with a new twist. The Summit will be both physical and virtual which will allow panelists to join the panel discussion in The Meydan Hotel, Dubai from anywhere in the world and anyone will be able to virtually participate. Under its annual theme ‘It’s All about Smart Networking’, Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit will focus on the industry’s main trends such as 5G, cybersecurity, data traffic and digitalization.

Read more: The 14th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit: Reunited again, physically and virtually

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