Belgian satellite communications equipment manufacturer Newtec recently unveiled a number of new DVB-S2X wideband products for use with High Throughput Satellites (HTS). Speaking to Telecom Review, Newtec's Richard Schaap, Market Director for Broadband Access and Executive Director for Business Development, says the new products are part of Newtec's satellite communication equipment product range, which cater to every aspect of satellite communications.

Read more: Newtec equipment caters to every aspect of satcom

At Mobile World Congress this year, HMD Global, the license-holder of the iconic Nokia mobile brand, stole the show by unveiling three new Nokia smartphones and a reimagined version of the classic Nokia 3310. The Finnish startup has revamped the Nokia brand's reputation for reliability, says HMD Global's Director of Global Marketing Strategy and Head of Marketing for MENA and APAC, Patrick Mercanton, by defining "quality" as its culture.

Read more: HMD Global revamps Nokia’s reputation for reliable and durable phones

US-based communications infrastructure giant CommScope will focus on helping operators with their LTE and LTE-Advanced rollouts this year, says CommScope's Philip Sorrells, VP - Portfolio Marketing, speaking to Telecom Review at MWC 2017. The company is also looking towards 5G, building an idea of what infrastructure requirements the technology will demand, and how CommScope can help operators introduce it.

Read more: CommScope’s primary focus is helping operators introduce LTE-Advanced & 5G

Alistair Williamson, CEO of UK-based firm Ranplan which specializes in developing tools that plan both indoor and combined indoor and outdoor RF (radio frequency) wireless networks, says there's been a "shift from just the traditional exhibitors to new and emerging technology companies" participating at Mobile World Congress.

Read more: Ranplan CEO says emerging firms are better equipped to meet niche requirements

The acquisition of Indian telecoms software firm Elitecore by digital infrastructure giant Sterlite Tech has provided it the opportunity to address the pressing end-to-end network requirements of communication service providers (CSPs), said Elitecore's Vaibhav Mehta, Senior VP - Business Development, speaking to Telecom Review at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Read more: Sterlite Tech's Elitecore acquisition enables it to meet end-to-end CSP requirements

Nizar Bouguila, chairman and chief executive officer at Tunisie Télécom, attended Mobile World Congress this year to witness new trends in the industry, keep up with strategic news from the different leaders in the sector, and catch up on the evolution of new equipment services and the devices. Nizar spoke to Telecom Review at the event about his plans for Tunisie Telecom looking ahead, including 5G.

Read more: Tunisie Telecom is laying groundwork for the introduction of 5G, says CEO #MWC17

Mobile World Congress promises to be world's largest gathering for the mobile industry, where hot technology topics are introduced, discussed, analyzed and eventually implemented. Ghazi Atallah, CEO of Dubai-based smart city consulting and managed services group neXgen, shared his perspective on what trends to look out for this year that will significantly shape smart city services of the future. From blockchain technology to cognitive computing, Ghazi gave Telecom Review the smart city scoop in order to prepare for the ultimate technology event of the year.

Read more: neXgen’s Ghazi Atallah discusses smart city hot topics

American networking equipment firm Linksys have introduced their innovative VELOP system to the Middle Eastern market to much fanfare in Dubai. The new product is a complete wireless and wired solution that is simple to use, exceedingly fast - and provides 100% speed to the edge of the network. It is being hailed as the first true Whole Home Wi-Fi system that is set to revolutionize the Wi-Fi experience for 'The Connected Family'.

Read more: Linksys new Velop system will revolutionize Wi-Fi experience for ‘The Connected Family’

As the world moves into the seamless communications era of 5G and the internet of things (IoT), the question on everyone's lips is: 'How are we going to optimize the wireless network to meet the demands on capacity and speed?' This discussion has also brought debate around whether fixed networks will still be needed in the era of 5G. Surely if 5G delivers on everything it promises, the fixed network will become obsolete as consumers rely on mobile connectivity for their online needs, right?

Read more: Why fixed networks are vital as we usher in the era of 5G

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