Under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H. E Mr. Saad Hariri, represented by the Minister of Telecommunication of Lebanon H.E Mr. Jamal Jarrah, the 8th edition of Telecom Review Leaders' Summit that was co-hosted by Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut on the 20th of April, 2017.

Read more: Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit 8th edition achieves great success

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Director General, H.E. Mr. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori believes that governance frameworks and policies need to be properly established to ensure data is exchanged and shared effectively in order to drive innovation, creativity, enterprise and create new ecosystems.

Read more: TRA Director General insists policies need to be established in order to utilize and 'share' data...

Rohit Talwar, Futurist and CEO of Fast Future Research, will deliver this year's CommunicAsia2017 Summit Visionary Address titled "Artificial Intelligence vs. Genuine Stupidity - Navigating Exponential Technologies to Create a Very Human Future", on 24 May at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Read more: Global Futurist to deliver keynote on the impact of artificial intelligence on large-scale...

A representative of the ITU has lavished Dubai with praise for showing 'leadership' and setting a 'benchmark' for other regions at the world's first ever forum on 'Data Management'. The event was a joint-collaboration between the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and ITU. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief Study Groups Department, Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, ITU, praised the formation of the forum which is the first in a series of discussions which welcomes participation from experts and decision-makers from all over the world to discuss data.

Read more: ITU study group chief praises Dubai for showing 'leadership' in implementing 'data governance'...

In this modern era of big data, it's important to have a central platform to house all government information, said His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, at the launch of the Smart Dubai 2021 framework and Smart Dubai's new central government platform to house big data: Dubai Pulse. His Highness said Dubai Pulse is a platform that "taps into the potential of artificial intelligence to spread happiness among people."

Read more: Dubai Crown Prince oversees launch of Smart Dubai 2021 strategy and ‘Dubai Pulse’ platform

A group of telecommunication experts have discussed the 'challenges' and 'opportunities' in a data-driven world at the world's first ever forum on Data Management. The event was a joint-collaboration between the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which was held in Dubai, UAE.

Read more: Experts discuss 'challenges' and 'opportunities' in a data-driven world at TRA/ITU forum

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has co-hosted the International Institute of Communication’s Telecommunications and Digital Media Forum (TDMF) in Qatar from March 22 to 23. The Forum has brought together regional and international policy and decision makers in Doha to exchange ideas and experiences that will help the industry to evolve.

Read more: CRA, IIC host annual Telecommunication & Digital Media Forum in Doha

The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) announced the launch of its city-wide effort to implement blockchain technology in city services on March 14, and also announced its strategic partnerships for the project: US tech giant IBM and blockchain experts ConsenSys. Mr. Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government, told Telecom Review cyber security regarding the technology is a "top priority".

Read more: Smart Dubai launches blockchain initiative with partners IBM and ConsenSys

American networking equipment firm Linksys have introduced their innovative VELOP system to the Middle Eastern market 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’

"Despite all the problems, Lebanon still has quite a lot of unshakeable assets," said His Excellency Sami Nmeir, Consul General of Lebanon in Dubai, speaking at the Lebanese Diaspora Summit hosted by UK Lebanon Tech Hub on March 12. The Summit gathered significant Lebanese figures in the technology and financial sectors to discuss "releasing Lebanese potential" by encouraging and supporting tech startups.

Read more: UK Lebanon Tech Hub hosts Diaspora Summit aimed at 'Releasing Lebanese Potential'

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