The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a settlement with Verizon for possible violations of the FCC's competitive bidding rules for the E-rate program, which provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable internet access.

Read more: US regulator settles $17 million dispute with Verizon

During Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced a collaboration with US telecom company Verizon, and Novatel Wireless, an Inseego company, to help move the mobile ecosystem towards faster validation and commercialization of 5G NR mmWave technologies, supporting a full-scale commercial network deployment before the end of the decade.

Read more: Qualcomm and Verizon commit to commercialization of 5G NR mmWave

ASUS chief executive, Jerry Shen, said "always-connected PC" will soon be a reality at Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong on October 17. He said the company is always in search of new ideas and user experiences, and is currently looking to attract customers to the new category of always-connected personal computers.

Read more: ASUS CEO says ‘always-connected PCs’ are coming

GITEX Technology Week kicked off in Dubai from October 8-12, 2017. The 37th annual event, located at the World Trade Centre, was an immersive, engaging and rewarding experience for attendees who had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the technology industry's leading executives. Partnerships and collaborations drew lots of attention at the event as companies move to diversify their offerings.

Read more: Partnerships & collaborations drew attention at GITEX 2017

5G won't come cheap. In the United States alone, fiber infrastructure to prepare for the next generation technology could cost up to $150 billion, according to Deloitte. But despite 5G's hefty bill, a recent survey discovered that 75 percent of end user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities.

Read more: Are you ready to pay more for 5G?

For the fourth consecutive year, Teknotel, the leading technology and business magazine, organized in the framework of GITEX 2017, an awards ceremony on October 10th, 2017 at Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed road, Dubai. Teknotel awards recognized the best smartphones, electronics and operators of 2017.

Read more: Teknotel magazine organizes its awards ceremony in the framework of GITEX 2017

Telecom providers face tough times as digitization disrupts traditional business models. In fact, the telecom industry is ranked second after media as most likely to experience major digital disruption, according to a 2015 survey of C-level executives from 15 industries. EITC, the parent company of du, has responded to the disruption of digitization by embracing it, launching a fully digital mobile service.

Read more: How can telcos navigate the digital revolution?

GSMA Director General Mats Granryd has claimed that the development of ‘mobile technology’ is shaping the world we live in - during a fascinating and engaging keynote address he delivered at the GSMA Mobile 360 event at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.

Read more: Head of GSMA says ‘mobile technology’ is shaping the world that we live in

The Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, released a statement on October 17 praising the UAE's Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence is the launch of a sustainable and data-centric future, he said.

Read more: TRA Director-General praises UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com made his first regional keynote at GITEX Technology Week. Dr. Vogels highlighted the Amazon.com story - how a company grew from a bookstore to one of the world’s fastest growing enterprise IT providers.

Read more: Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer of Amazon.com speaks at GITEX Technology Week

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