Under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, represented by Minister of Telecommunications Jamal Al-Jarrah, BeitMisk and Ogero held a press conference on Saturday September 16th to launch fiber-to-the-home and introduce BeitMisk as the first Smart City project in Lebanon.

Read more: BeitMisk, in collaboration with Ogero, launches fiber optic network and smart city concept

Internet video calling services like WhatsApp, Skype and Viber, will be available to use in Saudi Arabia next week, after coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers to allow applications that provide voice communications over the internet.

Read more: Saudi Arabia to lift block on internet video calling

High-level ICT industry executives (CTOs) have highlighted the strategic importance of international standardization's support for the evolution of global telecommunications networks and the contribution of artificial intelligence (AI) to the reduction of operational expenditure and the improvement of the use and maintenance of networks.

Read more: ITU-TSB director CTO meeting: Exchanging views on industry needs and standardization priorities

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data and robotics are keys to shaping a positive future. Networked and sustainable cities, autonomous vehicles, intelligent factories and personalized health services are determining our everyday lives. With these technological innovations, the way we live and work will change fundamentally. They bear enormous potential for economic prosperity and social progress. But how can society successfully carry out this transformation?

Read more: Driving prosperity through digital talent, innovation and entrepreneurship

Huawei has outlined its ambition to become a "global iconic tech brand". Ms. Glory Cheung, Huawei Consumer Business Group's Chief Marketing Officer, made the statement at the Chinese company's ‘Future of Innovation' event held in Dubai on Sept. 20. Ms. Cheung was joined by two other Huawei Business Consumer Group executives, who emphasized the company's ambition to become the number one smartphone brand.

Read more: Huawei aims to become ‘global iconic tech brand’

Dubai never fails to impress with its forward-thinking approach to technological innovation. Dubai Police recently unveiled the emirate's ambitious approach to law enforcement: a robot policeman equipped with cameras and facial recognition software. China is taking a similar approach, with companies developing artificial intelligence designed to predict crimes before they occur.

Read more: Crime-predicting AI: The future of law enforcement

Independent research conducted in the US and UK on behalf of Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile traffic, has found that the majority of mobile subscribers (76%) welcome help from mobile operators who can offer them sign-ins for apps and services.  

Read more: 76% of Subscribers are interested in single sign-on services from their mobile operator

Alphabet-owned Google is fighting back against the $2.8 billion antitrust fine it was given by the European Commission in June this year. The Californian tech giant has filed an appeal against the fine, which was the largest penalty ever given by the European Union's regulator.

Read more: Google files appeal against $2.8bn EU antitrust fine

The GCC mobile phone market is expected to recover next year, following a stagnant 2016 and 2017, according to IDC's newly released Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker results. IDC predicts the mobile market to close 2017 relatively flat and forecasts that 2018 will see recovery of 9 percent growth year-on-year.

Read more: GCC mobile market poised for recovery in 2018

In a move that would encourage Saudi Arabia's telecom sector, His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Eng. Abdullah Alswaha recently visited the headquarters of both Zain Saudi Arabia and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) in Riyadh, where he honored the companies for their efforts during Hajj season.

Read more: Saudi ICT Minister Abdullah Alswaha honors telcos for Hajj efforts

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