5G MENA 2017, the two-day networking event that gathers all the leading industry players and experts in the MENA region together, hosted its seventh installment in which it discussed the best practices required in relation to developing effective 5G strategies and LTE deployments. The conference which was held in the Dubai World Trade Centre attracted thousands of attendees from the telecommunications and technology sector.

Read more: 5G MENA- 5G is coming for a ‘super-connected world’ and it will have a profound impact on our...

Telecom Review held its 8th edition of Telecom Review Leader's Summit in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 20, 2017. The successful event gathered VIPs, CXOs and leaders in the telecommunications industry to share and discuss current and evolving trends.

Read more: Telecom Review awarded ICT leaders at the 8th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders' Summit

"We all know that with the increase of connected devices we will need more capacity," said Toni Eid, CEO and founder of Telecom Review, leading a panel discussion on the role of 5G and the network requirements for IoT (Internet of Things) at the 7th 5G MENA conference held in Dubai on May 1.

Read more: Telecom Review leads 5G MENA panel on IoT network requirements

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, Virtual Reality, bespoke services, and sentiment mapping were a few of the prototype solutions, showcased as a result of the first Happiness Hack Dubai held at Dubai Airports in early February.

Read more: Smart Dubai presents results of the first 'Happiness Hack Dubai' showcasing prototype solutions to...

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...

The key findings and policy recommendations made by the ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services following the conclusion of its extensive two-year consultation process have been hailed by stakeholders across the ICT and financial-services sectors as an 'incredible success'. The ITU Focus Group presented its 85 'policy recommendations' at a workshop entitled 'Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion' hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. on 19 April.

Read more: ITU Focus Group 'exceeds expectations' with delivery of 85 policy recommendations on Digital...

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

"The UAE is on the edge of becoming a 'Frontrunner' in Huawei's 2017 Global Connectivity Index," said Mr. Sami Nashwan, VP Strategy at Huawei Middle East, discussing the company's fourth annual study at a press briefing in Dubai on April 30.  The report provides a "strong view" on how countries have evolved their ICT infrastructure, and also how they have evolved from digital transformation, during the last three years.

Read more: UAE on edge of becoming ‘Frontrunner’ in Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index

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

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