Egypt has been spearheading digital transformation in Africa for the past couple of years through innovative projects and initiatives. Fiber Misr, a subsidiary of Benya Holding, has been contributing to the country’s digital transformation leadership since its establishment three years ago. Telecom Review spoke to Ahmed Mekky, chairman, Benya Holding, who highlighted the role played by the company and its subsidiaries, namely Fiber Misr, in Egypt and the region.

Read more: Benya Holding strategically targeting national projects and investments in Africa

Aji Ed, CTO Middle East and Africa, Nokia, attended the 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. Aji Ed participated in a panel titled: ‘The Year of 5G Deployments’, aimed at analyzing new use cases, traffic growth and lessons learned from initial deployments. Telecom Review managed to speak with Nokia’s CTO following the discussion.

Read more: Aji Ed reflects on Nokia’s journey in 2019

Etisalat is on a mission to drive the digital future in the Middle East and this has been apparent through a variety of initiatives, which the service provider launched over the years, along with its readiness and eagerness to deploy the latest and greatest in tech.

Read more: Etisalat’s Salvador Anglada discusses impact of disruptive tech on the UAE

Cybersecurity in the 5G era was one of the topics tackled at the 13th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. To know more about his stance on the security challenges that will be brought about by 5G, Telecom Review spoke to Ilia Abramov, VP, GM, Security Business Unit, Mavenir.

Read more: Mavenir’s Ilia Abramov talks security in the era of 5G

Red Hat, the world’s open source leader, has been at the forefront of innovation in the ICT sector for several years now. The company uses a community-powered approach to deliver LINUX, cloud and Kubernetes technologies, among others, to ensure that companies standardize across a variety of environments, develop applications which are cloud-native and to integrate, secure and manage complex environments.

Read more: Red Hat’s Denise Dumas talks women in tech and open source market

Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Groups, ITU, attended the 13th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit in Dubai. During the event, he spoke with Telecom Review about current focus areas and the main challenges facing the acceleration of digital transformation.

Read more: Bilel Jamoussi discusses bridging the technology gap at Telecom Review Summit

The Arab Information and Communications Technologies Organization (AICTO), the government agency which falls under the Arab League, is responsible for ensuring ICT development in the Arab world. At the 13th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, the largest VIP ICT gathering, Telecom Review secured an interview with AICTO’s Secretary-General, Eng. Mohammed Ben Amor, to discuss one of the industry’s pressing issues in the Middle East: digital inclusion.

Read more: Mohammed Ben Amor on addressing digital inclusion in the Middle East

Dawiyat owns a 70 000 km long fiber network spread over more than 13 000 cities and villages. What the company mainly does is transform this network into an integrated telecommunications network which communication service providers can leverage.

Read more: Dawiyat CEO explains 5G towers model at Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit

SES Networks is a satellite operator renowned for its value-added, end-to-end solutions which enable flexible connectivity in the fields of telecom and broadcasting, among others. The operator currently has over 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and about 20 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

Read more: ‘5G is the network of networks’ says SES’s Imran Malik

By Orlaith Finn

Omantel – the first and leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate of Oman – is gaining recognition for its fast-paced transformation from a regional wholesale hub to a global provider. It has significantly invested in technology, networks, and subsea cable deployments to transform its ecosystem. Recently, Omantel has rolled out its commercial 5G network after 2-3 years of active preparations. A third mobile operator is expected to enter the market soon, Omantel expressed their belief that competition strengths the market and aligns with their mission to provide the best service to their customers as they strive to lead the way into the digital future. In an exclusive interview, Telecom Review spoke with Omantel’s CEO Talal Said Al Mamari, where he highlights the efforts undertaken to position the Sultanate as a global technology hub of the future.

Read more: Omantel: A driving force in the new digital era

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