Debating whether 5G is an evolution or a revolution took center stage at the 11th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit where a panel was dedicated to this particular topic along with 5G use cases and expectations for the deployment timeline. Telecom Review had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions, Huawei to discuss the Chinese vendor’s approach to 5G in the Middle East.

Read more: Huawei calls upon operators to invest in 5G

Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is one of the world’s most recognizable brands and enjoyed huge success globally in the late 00’s. Since then, its position as one of the leading smartphone companies came under attack from Samsung and US tech giant Apple with the introduction of the iPhone in 2008. However, it has survived a difficult number of years and has firmly re-established itself as a major player in the global smartphone industry, and still holds huge appeal with customers in a number of key markets worldwide.

Read more: BlackBerry confident that Key2 LE will resonate with smartphone users globally

Huawei’s AI portfolio is rapidly growing with new chips and solutions unveiled constantly with the aim of revolutionizing the industry. Telecom Review spoke to Alaa ElShimy, Managing Director and Vice President for Huawei Enterprise Business Group for Middle East, who shed light on Huawei’s newly announced Ascend series of AI chips and its contribution to 5G development in the Middle East.

Read more: Huawei brings digital to every person for a fully connected and intelligent world

Technology has disrupted almost every sector, but has it disrupted education? Dr. Eesa Bastaki, President, University of Dubai, highlighted, in an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, all about how technology has impacted the education sector.

Read more: Technological advancements in education are bound by a shift in policies, says Dr. Eesa Bastaki

US enterprise MATRIXX Software is addressing the technology requirements of operators on a global scale - and has become a key enabler for service providers that are seeking digital transformation in an effort to enhance its operational efficiency and create new business revenues and models. 

Read more: MATRIXX Software enabling operators to achieve digital transformation on a global scale

The 11th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit offered a great opportunity to meet regional and international industry C-level leaders. One of them was Chris de Josselin, CEO, StrataNet, who attended the event and took part in a panel that focused on cybersecurity measures in light of the increase in data traffic.

Read more: StrataNet is taking the submarine cable industry to the next level

Customer experience, people, change and innovation are the main pillars of digital transformation, according to Elias Saab, managing director, Sofrecom Middle East. In an interview with Telecom Review, Saab explained those four pillars in addition to the importance of mobile money in fostering financial inclusion.

Read more: “We strongly believe in our mission to build a connected world”- Elias Saab

Ranplan is a leading provider of innovative wireless technology, and has developed Ranplan Professional, a world-class suite of software tools for designing, planning and optimising indoor and outdoor wireless networks in coordination. It has firmly established itself as a global player in the wireless space, and its diverse range of solutions and innovations has resonated with major players in the telecommunications industry.  

Read more: Ranplan Wireless sees GITEX as must-attend in effort to expand operations across the Middle East

Open RAN Partner Ecosystem was launched by Mavenir to allow for a greater flexibility for operators to optimize the investments, says Virtyt Koshi, senior vice president and general manager, EMEA, Mavenir. In an interview with Telecom Review, Koshi highlighted the importance of this ecosystem as well as some of Mavenir’s flagship solutions.

Read more: Our solutions are helping operators transform network economics, says Mavenir’s Virtyt Koshi

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