Software is "disrupting nearly every industry, fundamentally reshaping business models, changing the competitive landscape, and forever altering customer expectations," claims a recent Analysys Mason study in collaboration with Huawei. It illustrates how digitalization is reshaping the way businesses are being operated, and how in order to remain competitive, new operational models are required.

Read more: Software is ‘disrupting nearly every industry’

The United Arab Emirates is among the top 10 countries in the world when it comes to readiness to accommodate driverless vehicles, revealed KPMG's Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI). The study, which evaluates the preparedness of countries globally, places the UAE at number eight, ahead of South Korea and New Zealand. 

Read more: UAE ranked 8th globally for introduction of autonomous vehicles

Once again, the issue of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services is causing a stir in the UAE. Etisalat and EITC (du), the UAE's two telecommunications providers, announced in early January this year that access to the VoIP service Skype had been blocked. If VoIP services wish to operate in the UAE they should coordinate with the TRA and local providers instead of operating without compliance.

Read more: What’s all the hype about VoIP in UAE?

Broadband over ADSL revolutionized global Internet growth during 2004 - 2010 timeframe and worldwide statistics shows that there are nearly 300 million DSL broadband users and 600 million copper lines installed. Effective utilization of such fixed line assets have become a key concern for many network operators worldwide.

Read more: Fiber-Copper Synergy Brings Operators closer to Ultra Broadband Network with better profit

Huawei's Rotating CEO, Eric Xu, declared that cloud adoption was a necessary step on the path towards 'digitalization'. Xu made the declaration during a compelling keynote address he delivered at Huawei's Ultra-Broadband Forum in Hangzhou, China.

Read more: Huawei’s Rotating CEO says cloud adoption a necessary step on the path to ‘digitalization’

The UAE introduced value added tax (VAT) from January 1, 2018, after publishing the Federal VAT Law in August 2017 establishing the domestic rules applying for VAT in the UAE. This adds to the Unified VAT Agreement between GCC nations. The standard VAT rate of 5 percent is applied to goods and services. It's only natural to wonder how the introduction of VAT could affect certain sectors, so let's look at telecommunications.

Read more: Will VAT affect UAE’s telecom sector?

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the launch of the UAE Hackathon, the country's biggest data analysis challenge, which will be held in all emirates next February, in conjunction with the innovation month.

Read more: TRA launches UAE Hackathon under slogan ‘Data for Happiness’

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai confirmed that more than 5,000 heavy vehicles have been fitted with smart monitoring devices that remotely detect vehicle faults and drivers' attitudes on roads. The service, which has been launched via the recently opened Vehicles Safety Center at Jebel Ali Free Zone, has become mandatory to all companies operating trucks exceeding 20 years in service.

Read more: Dubai’s RTA fits 5000 trucks with smart monitoring devices

A recently released Analysys Mason study in collaboration with Huawei entitled, 'Digitalization reshaping operations: a new digital operational model for the future' has illustrated how digitalization is fundamentally reshaping the way businesses are being operated, and how in order to remain competitive a new operational model for the future operational environment is necessary.

Read more: Huawei study highlights how digitization is reshaping operations

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