By Marianne Brunat, commercial director of Sofrecom

Public-private partnerships (PPP) have long been used to build and operate infrastructure projects. When it comes to e-government services, such models can enable, first of all, co-investment, and secondly, capitalization on private resources and expertise to guarantee project success. Beyond that, however, the appropriate technical, economic and legal models still need to be adopted in order for governments to exercise the supervision essential to the deployment of public services, and for private players to be guaranteed the profitability needed for projects to enjoy long-term viability.

Read more: Are public-private partnerships a springboard for developing e-government services?

Progress driven by Zain Group’s Gender Diversity & Inclusion Program

Today’s world needs a diverse generation of business leaders, disruptive thinkers, and creative activists able to drive change and make a lasting impact. The talent-driven economy is gaining momentum and organizations in the MENA region are embracing open and transparent cultures at work that can help shape their future leaders.

Read more: Women in leadership: A proud achievement for touch given 45% of its executive management is female

By Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers, Middle East and Africa at CommScope

Mobile service providers in the Middle East have started rolling out 5G wireless services this year, giving subscribers their first glimpse of this new technology. As 5G technology spreads, cities in the region will leverage it to become “smarter”. A smarter city leverages technology to make life healthier and safer for its citizens. As our cities continue to grow at an exponential rate, they must enable smart city applications by investing in and deploying connected infrastructure. City planners are now educating themselves about the future possibilities of – and requirements for – smart city infrastructure, consulting with IoT vendors and network connectivity vendors, and working to develop a plan for the long term.

Read more: Shared infrastructure for smart cities

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) met with the senior management of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the eleventh annual CTO Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, held on 8 September 2019 in conjunction with ITU Telecom World, 9-12 September 2019. The meeting brings CTOs together to exchange views on industry needs and related standardization priorities.

Read more: 11th annual CTOs meeting discusses preparations for IMT-2020/5G

By Charles Yang, President, Huawei Middle East

Information and communications technology (ICT) is rapidly working its way into every industry, just like electricity did over 100 years ago. This has triggered a digital, intelligent transformation – the driving force behind today’s digital economy.

Read more: Huawei: From innovation to invention

MEF announced the publication of the industry’s first global standard defining an SD-WAN service and its service attributes. SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) was officially approved by MEF members and ratified by the MEF Board of Directors at the organization’s recent Annual Members Meeting.

Read more: Industry’s first SD-WAN standard officially published

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