Topics ranging from 4G services and fiber-to-the-home, to 5G testing and smart cities were discussed in an exclusive interview with H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt. In an attempt to transform Egypt into a digital country, the ministry of communications and information technology is executing projects and collaborating with the private sector to implement Egypt's digital transformation strategy, said El Kady to Telecom Review.

Read more: H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady leading Egypt towards digital transformation

TELUS CTO, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon has identified what he believes are the three main obstacles preventing the acceleration of 5G deployment across the ICT industry. The CTO of the Canadian operator gave an exclusive interview to Telecom Review at the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit in Dubai. In a compelling interview, Dr. Gedeon called on the industry to 'get its act together' with regards to 5G standardization - and also highlighted the success of its partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei on the creation of a 5G Living Lab in Vancouver.

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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.

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Nowadays, women are playing a key role in the telecommunications and ICT field by assuming high level positions in international companies. The 9th edition of Telecom Review Summit sought to highlight women's contribution to the industry by bringing some of the most influential women in telecoms. Dr. Nadine Akkari, PhD holder and researcher was one of the participants and panelists. Telecom Review had the chance to interview her to shed light on her participation in the event.

Read more: Dr. Nadine Akkari: “IoT has become an integral part of our life”

Digital transformation is an essential element of keeping pace with rapid growth across industries. Organizations wanting to embrace digital transformation need a platform that allows them to see where improvements can be made to foster efficiency and innovation. NXN's new DNX platform is an enabler of digital transformation across industries, explains Labib Matta, NXN's chief business officer.

Read more: NXN’s new DNX platform is driving efficiency across industries

UAE telecommunications provider, du (EITC), plays an important role in the development of Dubai's smart city vision. Vice president of business development and partnerships at du, Jihad Tayara, told Telecom Review the Dubai Pulse Platform by Smart Dubai is the digital backbone and 'beating heart' of the city. Tayara outlined the role du played in the development of the Dubai Pulse Platform, and said du will continue to add new technologies to the platform as the market evolves.

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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

Nokia has claimed that networks must be 'smarter' in order to cope with the acceleration in IoT deployment and machine communications that is being projected over the next number of years. Nokia's head of sales for IP and Optical Networks in the MENA region, Naveed Kashif, declared that in order to meet the challenge posed by the exponential rise in connected devices networks just can't be bigger, they must be smarter. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Nokia's head of sales for ION to discuss the company's recent announcements, the interplay between cloud and networks and some of the new technological solutions it is set to introduce to market.

Read more: Nokia warns that networks of the future must be ‘smarter’ to cope with IoT

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