In the framework of the discussion on ‘designing next-generation service providers’ network,’ the panelists sought to address what future service providers needed to focus on when it came to rewiring their skillsets given the shift from telco to IT and how they can invest in their re-learning.

Tackling the question, Günther Ottendorfer, CTIO, Ooredoo Qatar said, “There are several key things that you need to be prepared for this change. One of them is network function virtualization (NFV). Virtualization technology is going to be very important in the future. Technology for the better use of the Edge network also will need consideration and as mentioned by other panelists, security will be a major issue. So if you want to become well prepared, those three areas would certainly be a good starting point. Building on that, you can specialize in different areas in the 5G world.”

To this, Yasser Najeeb Alswailem, Cyber Security VP, stc added, “As we are producing large amounts of data that we never experienced before, data governance, data quality, data privacy have to be in the minds of any service provider or technologists. Different aspects of data need to be understood, not only from the privacy side but even the quality side as well. With different regulations of data, I think this is the key pillars that we should keep in mind.”