Ricardo Silva, head of Mobile Networks Product Portfolio Sales, MEA, at Nokia, discusses the vendor's role in creating an evolutionary path to 5G for its customers in the region. Nokia Mobile Networks' strategy in MENA, says Silva, focuses on helping CPSs make use of the capacity opportunities of new unlicensed spectrum and driving core network evolution through the cloud.

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For communications service providers (CSPs) that are evolving their networks to the telco cloud and transforming their business to become digital service providers (DSPs) MYCOM OSI provides assurance and analytics solutions, and has recently been selected to assure the world's first telco cloud, said Mounir Ladki, president and CTO of MYCOM OSI, speaking to Telecom Review. Mr. Ladki explained how MYCOM OSI is the ideal partner to help transform CSPs into DSPs.

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In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review, H.E. Jamal Jarrah, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister, talked about the latest achievements done so far starting by changing centers all over the regions in Lebanon, to adding 200 thousand landlines, to significantly decreasing internet prices.

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Nokia's vision is to "disrupt the current ecosystem with extreme automation," said Mohamed Samir, head of services for MEA at Nokia, speaking to Telecom Review about the company's customized services and solutions that cater to the needs and aspirations of communications service providers. Nokia's MIKA, for example, is the first digital assistant customized for the telco industry.

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Small and medium businesses (SMBs) contribute to more than 60 percent of the GDP in the UAE; therefore, what's good for SMBs is good for the UAE, said John Lincoln, SVP of SMB at Etisalat. Lincoln shared with Telecom Review the company's vision for the SMB sector in the UAE, with an end goal to "move everything to the cloud on a reliable, highly secure network."

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The global ICT industry is booming and this digital revolution requires more energy than ever before, resulting in higher operational costs. The solution, according to Huawei executives speaking to Telecom Review at the company's ICT Energy Efficiency Summit in Dubai, is a product line dedicated to simultaneously reducing the energy consumption and OPEX of telecom base stations and data centers.

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UK wireless technology company Ranplan has claimed that its innovative technology will play a 'major role' in the ongoing global evolution of smart cities. The radio planning specialist is building a stellar reputation on a global basis - primarily because it has developed tools that plan both indoor and combined indoor and outdoor RF wireless networks. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Ranplan's charismatic CEO Alastair Williamson at CommunicAsia, Asia's premier ICT exhibition and conference held annually in Singapore to discuss the organization's future in the APAC region, its role within smart cities - and its objectives for the rest of 2017.

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The main challenge telcos face today - the same as any enterprise - is changing their culture to adapt to the digital future, says Nizar Hneini, Managing Partner of Detecon, the consulting arm of German-based Deutsche Telekom Group, speaking to Telecom Review. Digitization is about simplicity, innovation, trust and transparency - traits that most enterprises try to promote, but it's much easier said than done, says Nizar.

Read more: Detecon implores telcos to rethink their culture in order to stay ahead

Dubai-based neXgen consulting group recently rebranded as NXN to highlight its transition into a smart city and digital transformation service provider. The company provides consulting services, but now also strives to be an organization's "Trusted Digital Service Provider" by significantly reducing time-to-market and time-to-service, utilizing its smart city as a service platform, CEO Ghazi Atallah explains to Telecom Review.

Read more: NXN CEO: Partnerships essential to meet digital transformation objectives

The best regulatory solution is one that adapts legislation and innovations to new services and moves gradually towards a regulatory framework that is evolutionary in its approach whilst at the same time ensuring consistency across the national regulatory policy, says H.E. Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, president of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) - State of Qatar, speaking to Telecom Review about the ever-changing and expanding role of regulators.

Read more: CRA president: The role of regulators is always changing and expanding

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